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Promo for the Show: Former Congressman Bob Etheridge and Rep. Charles Jeter discuss public education. Mark Niemchak discusses lifestyles and stress. promo PlainTalk Politics May 8 2013
Bob Etheridge’s life work has been about building from the ground up, and that starts with our public schools. He grew up the son of tenant farmers in Johnston County and was the first of his family to graduate from college, at Campbell University.
Bob supported his family as a small businessman and began his career of public service as a Harnett County Commissioner where he led the fight to consolidate and build new high schools.
He was elected to the NC House in 1978 and served 10 years, eventually chairing the Appropriations Committee. He introduced the Basic Education Plan that put thousands of additional teachers and teacher’s assistants in classrooms.
In 1988 and 1992, he was elected State Superintendent of Public Instruction. As superintendent, he introduced an accountability program that improved our schools by raising standards of performance and giving parents the information they needed to better understand what was happening with the educating of their children.
In 1996, Bob Etheridge was elected to Congress from North Carolina’s second district, which he represented for fourteen years . As Congressman, Bob worked to build and renovate our schools and to make it possible for more young people to earn scholarships and gain student loans in order to attend our colleges and universities.
In 2011, he was appointed by Gov. Beverly Perdue to monitor federal stimulus recovery funding. Following a devastating tornado in central NC and a devastating hurricane in eastern North Carolina, the Governor asked him to identify and secure funding for the victims of those natural disasters.
He was a candidate for Governor in 2012.
Charles is from Mecklenburg County. His father is an environmental engineer who was appointed by President Reagan to serve as Regional Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency (Charles R. Jeter) from 1981-1986. His mother is a RN who served on the faculty at the University of South Carolina.
Charles is the President of Intermodal FCL, Inc. in Cornelius, NC. Intermodal FCL is a freight services company focusing on domestic and international freight for all trucking functions for containers, dry vans, and other transportation needs. In 2009, he was the Founder of The Lake Norman Citizen Huntersville, NC. The Lake Norman Citizen is a weekly, community newspaper focusing on the Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville & Mooresville, NC areas. Created Idea and Founded company in April of 2009.
Charles attended Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC and graduated in 1995 with a BA in Business Economics. He is serving his first term in the NC House.
Next week, May 15, Former Attorney General and Secretary of State Rufus Edmisten will be on Plain Talk Politics discussing Citizens United, the Supreme Court decision, public financing for judicial races and non-partisan judicial races. You can listen live at mywaug.com or on POWER 750AM