Today, the Pat McCrory Committee announced the campaign's Statewide Co-Chairs, three strong and dynamic leaders committed to electing Pat McCrory North Carolina's 74th Governor. Ambassador Aldona Wos of Greensboro, and Ed McMahan of Charlotte, Lt. Governor Jim Gardner of Rocky Mount not only will advise the campaign on policy and strategy, but will also help recruit, organize and engage supporters across the state.
"I would like to thank Ed, Jim and Aldona for joining the campaign," said Pat McCrory. "Their diverse backgrounds and leadership experience will be invaluable as we campaign to transform our education system, put our resources back to work, and finally bring responsible government to North Carolina."
The Pat McCrory Committee is also pleased to announce that in addition to serving as Statewide Co-Chair, Dr. Aldona Wos will also Chair the Women for McCrory coalition.
"My parents gave up everything to bring me to the United States -- the land of freedom and opportunity," said Aldona Wos. "I know that the spirit of American ingenuity, innovation and freedom is alive and well in North Carolina, and I believe in my heart that Mayor McCrory is the right candidate to ensure that this state continues to provide opportunities for future generations. I -- like so many women across North Carolina -- will work tirelessly to see that Pat is elected in November."
"I am honored to join Pat's campaign for Governor," said Ed McMahan. "I believe Pat is the right man with the right experience to lead our state, particularly in these rough economic times. His plan for education will help make North Carolina public schools centers for excellence. And as a member of the UNC Board of Governors, I know he understands that we must better prepare our students for the jobs of the 21st century if we are going to continue to compete."
Former Lt. Governor Gardner added: "While other states across this country are reforming, creating jobs and digging out of the recession, North Carolina is falling behind. When our unemployment rate is the fourth worst in the nation, we know it's time to change direction. As Mayor of Charlotte, his policies and leadership helped attract tens of thousands of private sector jobs to the city. His record on the economy and his hands-on experience in the private sector will bring a much-needed outside perspective to state government."
Dr. Aldona Wos
Ambassador Aldona Wos was sworn in on August 13, 2004 as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Estonia. During her tenure, Ambassador Wos focused on winning the hearts and minds of the next generation of Estonian leaders, Russian integration, HIV/AIDS prevention in Estonia, and the preservation of Estonian culture. Born in Warsaw, Poland, Dr.Wos earned her medical degree at the Warsaw Medical Academy, specializing in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Medicine in New York City. She has and continues to serve on numerous boards of philanthropic, community and national organizations. Ambassador Wos and her husband have one set of twins and reside in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Ed McMahan's background is rich with experience from both the private and public sectors. From 1995 to 2006, Ed served in the North Carolina General Assembly, representing the state's one hundred fifth House district. He is also the former Chairman of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee, serving as a voice for the greater Charlotte business community. From 2002 to 2008, Ed served as Republican National Committeeman from North Carolina. He currently serves on the University of North Carolina's Board of Governors.
After serving his country in the United States Army, Jim Gardner cofounded Hardee's Food Systems, Inc. and then served the people of North Carolina in the United States House of Representatives from 1967 to 1969 as the first Republican elected to Congress from Eastern North Carolina. He was the first chairman of the NCGOP from the east as well. In 1988, Jim made history by becoming the state's only Republican Lieutenant Governor elected in the 20th century. Lt. Governor Gardner lives in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.