good day, Cabarrus County
My name is Keshia Sandidge, and I am proud to be running for the North Carolina Senate in District 34.
On March 21 2022, I officially launched my campaign and began a listening tour which came to be known as the “Heartbeat of Cabarrus.” Look, I’ll admit it – I don’t have all the answers to the problems our community faces. In fact, I don’t think one person can even be aware of every problem out there. That’s why this tour is critical to my campaign. I need to understand the issues that most impact you – and I need to connect with folks that will continue to teach me and hold me accountable going forward.
Some may question: Why me? And why now?
In 2020, I was elected to the Cabarrus County Board of Education with a pledge of accountability, transparency, and community centricity. I used this model to represent all of my constituents with integrity and purpose on a number of big issues: school safety, COVID-19 policy, and better community engagement. But politics continues to get in the way of this work, and so much of it comes from the hyper-partisanship and elite dealmaking in Raleigh.
I am proud of my work in Cabarrus County these past few years, and we have a unique opportunity now to expand our outreach and bring a grassroots, common-sense approach to the General Assembly.
After 75 days, I am excited to wrap up the Heartbeat of Cabarrus listening tour with a fresh sense of the problems we face and a plethora of ideas on how to tackle them. In everything I do, I will be focused and solution-oriented, and I will center my conduct on a return to civil debate and mutual respect. And I’m not done listening – you can email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions or comments. I vow to take all opinions seriously and to return a response that is honest and focused on what I can do to help as your next representative.
Join me in this movement to change the face of our politics, Cabarrus County. Why not us? Why not now?
I am proud to be running for the North Carolina Senate in District 34 not as a politician or Raleigh-insider, but as a mother, wife, social worker, and community leader with a record of results to show for it. My husband Rick and I have been married for 20 years and have lived in Cabarrus County since 1996. While I am proud to have chosen a career in clinical social work where I can use my servant leadership every day to assist the most vulnerable, my most important job by far is parenting two awesome kids: Britany and Rick Jr.
The Sandidge family is “perfectly imperfect” and proud of it. In fact, I believe my family has thrived in Cabarrus County because “perfectly imperfect” is the soul of this community – it means that although we may not always get it right, we live our lives guided by hard work, determination, commitment to our values, faith and family. That is what has made Cabarrus great, and that is what I plan to take to Raleigh.
Whether it’s being a mom, a social worker, or a leader on the Board of Education, my strategy is the same: identify the problem and find a solution that works for everyone. Regardless of race or socioeconomic status, you deserve a representative in Raleigh who will stand up for your interests and will never forget the community I serve.
I received my Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice right here in Cabarrus County at Barber-Scotia College in 2003.
I then went on to obtain a Masters of Social Work at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina, graduating in 2011.
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Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting
Council on Licensure Enforcement & Regulation
Cabarrus Community Coalition for Recovery & Resiliency
Cabarrus County Board of Education
International Center for Community Development
Cabarrus County Black Political Caucus
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
NC Trauma Informed Communities Project
Cabarrus County Child Protection and Fatality Team
Down Home NC
National African-American Gun Association (NAAGA)
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Concord, NC. 28027