Rep. Cynthia Ball is serving her first term in the NC House after winning one of the most competitive races in 2016, and she has been actively working for the citizens of North Carolina. Born in Franklin County, NC, her parents instilled in her the importance of education and hard work. Demonstrating her commitment to strengthening public education in North Carolina, she visited every public school in District 49. To connect with her constituents on important issues, she has hosted Town Hall forums and has been actively engaged in community issues. She has spoken at several panels on leadership, public school funding, and women in public service, and was a featured speaker at the March for Our Lives Rally in Raleigh. In recognition of her leadership skills, Rep. Ball was elected by her NC House peers to serve as Freshman Democratic Chair. She is one of the first two freshman legislators to ever receive the Legislative Excellence Award from the NC Police Benevolent Association, their highest award. Rep. Ball is serving in her second term on the City of Raleigh Civil Service Commission. She has served on and advised several boards, including WakeUP Wake County, AnimalKind, Wake County SPCA and Artspace. With other members of the Community United Church of Christ in Raleigh, she advocates for social and economic justice and equity. Rep. Ball and her husband, Dr. David Aspnes, Distinguished University Professor of Physics at NC State, live in a National Register of Historic Places and Raleigh Historic Landmark mid-century modern home in central Raleigh. They are proud to tell you about the accomplishments of their three children and six grandchildren. Numerous cats and dogs have adopted them over the years and continue to give them joy.
Three key priorities for Cynthia are:
1. Address inadequacies in funding for public education, from pre-K through higher education. End the starving of our public schools and the channeling of more and more public dollars to private schools through the use of “tools” such as vouchers and education savings accounts.
2. Provide equal and equitable access to good physical and mental health care services without discrimination and unjust regulations.
3. Protect the independence and impartiality of our judiciary, and protect ALL individuals’ rights to participate fully in our elections without 1) hindrance in registration, 2) voting restrictions, or 3) unfair election laws.