“Being a Legal Aid lawyer at one time, he understands the plight of low wealth individuals, which is important in the Lieutenant Governor position, because of educational issues, because of environmental issues,” Terry stated.
Besse studied law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and spent a decade as an attorney for Legal Aid. A child of the segregated South, Besse said the ugliness of racial bias he witnessed as a child made him
want to dedicate his life to helping others.
“I had the opportunity to see the kind of inequality with which the young, black students were being treated, by the school, too often by the teachers in their classrooms,” he commented. “That turned into something that I knew I needed to work on on a long term basis.”
Besse’s platform is centered around the principles he has fought for since his youth – quality education, better healthcare and a clean environment. He says all of those issues have been concerns for him for as long as he can remember.
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