Allison is a proud Raleigh native and has always called North Carolina her home. It was at Broughton High School where Allison first felt called to the stage and began to dream of a career on Broadway. That dream took her to the University of South Carolina where she received her BA in Theatre and Speech. From there, it was off to New York City where Allison was able to ‘live her dream’ as a stage manager for a number of theatrical companies. During this time, Allison began to notice the difficulties and inequities that people with disabilities faced in gaining employment, and she found a new calling. This new career led her back home to North Carolina, where she went to work for The ARC of NC and later Columbus Industries in southeast NC. In both places she continued working with people who had disabilities, assisting them in finding gainful employment in the community. While at the ARC of NC, she led efforts to provide support and employment for the disabled throughout North Carolina, and she worked with other agencies across the state to start Supported Employment Programs. Since moving back to Raleigh in 2003, Allison has served on various boards and associations and has taken on voluntary roles including President of Carolina Designers Craftsman Guild, Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, Mothers Demand Action, ARC of North Carolina, Young Adult Institute, Planned Parenthood and the Women’s March. Allison lives in Raleigh with her spouse, Lou. They have two adorable dogs, Ollie and Fritz.
Five key priorities for Allison are:
A Fair Economy for All – We need economic policies that promote sustainable economic development while creating jobs that pay living wages.
Social Justice and Equality – Allison believes in the inherent worth and dignity of every North Carolinian. Our laws should promote equality and justice regardless of who we are.
Our Environment – North Carolina’s natural resources belong to all of us. We need conservation and protections to safeguard our common environmental heritage.
Education – We need equitable funding for our public schools so every child gets a sound, basic education and teachers earn a middle-class living.
Gun Safety – Allison will uphold the constitution, including the 2nd amendment. At the same time, there are common-sense gun safety laws we all can agree on.