During my 16 years in the NC House, I have received the followign awards:(2012) NC League of Conservation Voters Green Tie Award; (2011) AARP Legislator of the Year, Lillian's List Honoree; (2008) Hemophilia of NC Legislator of the Year; (2007) NC Pediatric Society James D. Bernstein Excellence in Public Service to Children Award, NC Housing Coalition Legislator of the Year, Club Nova Appreciation Award; (2006) Child Care Services Public Service Award, NC Justice Center Defender of Justice, Mental Health Assn of NC Valand Award; (2005) Health and Wellness Trust Fund Legislator of the Year, NC Nurses Assn Legislator of the Year, NC Council of Community Programs Leadership Award, NC Council of Churches Faith Active in Public Life Award, General Foundation of Women's Clubs Woman of Achievement; 2004 MHA of NC Valand Award, NCAAHPERD Legislator of the Year, Joint Award: National Conference of Social Workers/NC Chamtion for Children/OC Partnership for Young Children Advocate of the Year, NC Perinatal Assn Baby Bootie Award, NC Assn of Community College Presidents Legislative Award; (2003) Assn of Self Advocates Legislative Award, Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Luther "Nick" Jeralds Award, NC Diabetes Council Legislative Award, March of Dimes Legislative Award, Orange County Rape Crisis Center Mary Ann Chap Award, Feed His Sheep Ministries Legislative Award, Joint Legislative Leadership Award from National Assn of Social Workers/NC Council of Community Programs, NC Nurses Association, NC Society of Clinical Social Work, NC Department of Health and Human Services -Divisionof MHDDSAS, Inter-Faith Council for Social Services 40 Years of Community Service Award; (2002) Arc of Orange County Legislative Award, NC Support Providers Council Courage and Vision Award; (2001) United Cerebral Palsy Legislative Award, Mental Health Consumers Org. Dorthea Dix Spirit Award, NAMI NC Legislator of the Year, Women in Legislative Leadership Pacesetter Award, Covenant with NC's Children Appreciation Certficate, Friends of Education Legislative Award; (2000) NC School Counselors Assn Legislator of the Year, Southeastern Amerian Association of Mental Retardation Legislative Award, NC Sickle Cell Syndrome Program Outstanding Legislative Service Award, PHysical Therapy Assn Award, Planned Parenthood of NC Responsible Choices Award, Capital District Physical Therapy Assn. Leadership Award, The Arc of NC Legislator of the Year; (1999) TESOL Certficate of Appreciation; (1998) Alliance for Good Government Assn Legislative Award Delete
2004 Toyota Camry; 2005 Subaru Forrester
Date of Wedding Anniversary:
November 18, 1961
Favorite President and Why:
I admire Franklin Delano Roosevelt because he understood America cannot not be strong and prosper unless every citizen in the nation has a reasonable opportunity to be strong and prosper -- and he had the courage to act on his convictions.
Martin Luther King, Jr. "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere"
Favorite TV Shows:
PBS: The News Hour, Washington Week in Review
CBS: Sixty Minutes
Names of Grandchildren:
Thomas, 14; Lauren (10); Nathaniel (8)
My priority issues include: education,pre-K through university; jobs and economic development, health and human services, especially mental health, developmental disabilities and substance addiction; environment.
Reason for Seeking Public Office:
I serve in public office in order to make a difference. To ensure equal opportunity to people of all income, ethnic and racial groups that they can claim the promises of a democratic society: that if you work hard, follow the rules, and take advantage of opportunities, you can have a secure life.
Chester (Chet) A. Inkso, PhD, professor, Department of Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill