Mary Wills Bode

Mary Wills was born and raised in Wake County, but spent much of her childhood in Granville County, where her mother’s family has lived for generations and where shecurrently resides in Stovall. Due to her deep ties in both counties, Mary Wills understands the issues that the people of Senate District 18 are facing: issues like lack of access to affordable healthcare, quality jobs, and high-speed, reliable internet.

As an attorney, Mary Wills has represented a variety of businesses which provide jobs to thousands of North Carolinians. As an executive director of a non-profit, Mary Wills understands what it takes to build consensus and reach compromise in order to achieve progress. And, as a member of the North Carolina Real Estate Commission, appointed by Governor Roy Cooper in 2020 to represent the public, she has led on many important issues facing the industry, while always being a team player.

Mary Wills is the daughter of former North Carolina Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Lucy Hancock Bode, and John Bode, a retired Vietnam veteran and Raleigh attorney. She is a graduate of Wake Forest University, as well as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law.