Gayle Kemp is a retired attorney who devoted her legal career to improving the lives of her fellow citizens, first as a Public Defender for 15 years, then with the NC Department of Justice where her focus was as a criminal justice instructor training law enforcement. Gayle is a mother of three and a grandmother of three. She has served her community in her Neighborhood Association building low income housing, as president of her HOA, Chair and other precinct offices, board member for the New Fletcher Library Partners, 4-H sewing instructor, member of the Justice Initiative of Henderson County on Immigration, tutor for the African American Children’s Reading Project , Hospice, and Habitat for Humanity, and other community and professional organizations.
Gayle believes that Democracy is best maintained when citizens keep local decisions in our local governments rather than the hands of the State General Assembly saying, “Local communities know what is best when it comes to issues like water and sewer and local voting districts.” Gayle intends to stand with the people of the 117th District upholding our Democratic system of governing. “Democracy is preserved when each person’s vote is counted. Democracy is preserved when voting districts are fairly drawn to allow the voters to choose their representatives rather than the other way around. Extreme gerrymandering must stop.” Gayle says, “Democracy is preserved when all citizens are guaranteed life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. These Democratic standards and values are best served when everyone, rural or urban, white, black, Hispanic or Native American, rich, middle class or poor, can expect a living wage for working forty hours a week.” She believes that Western North Carolina has been left behind when it comes to economic growth. “We have talented folks here. They need to be valued and paid for their labor.” Gayle believes that health care should be available without bankruptcy. “Rejection of Medicaid expansion makes no common sense when our tax dollars are sent to Washington DC but could be used here for people who need healthcare and to increase good-paying healthcare jobs.” Gayle, a 12-year resident of Henderson County is committed to representing the people of Henderson County saying, “Each person in the 117th District deserves to be represented so that their interests are guarded zealously.” She will continue her lifelong public service to make the lives of those she touches better.