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This website is to serve my campaign for 2018 - Bossert for State Senate.  Shown here is a photo with then candidate for Governor, Roy Cooper.  Today he is in the Governor's Mansion.  In 2016, I ran a campaign that didn't get me over the top ... but did get me a good start with over 37,500 votes.  I call that a good start.  Join me in this adventure as we work for a 2018 win.  



Wednesday, June 21, 2017 8:26 AM

Campaign Finance

All candidates know how important it is to raise money for their campaign(s).  Still, there is a point at which the money spent on a campaign can be absolutely obscene.  The Ossoff campaign in Georgia 6, was an example of obscene fundraising.  Millions raised and spent!  When does a sum of money become obscene?  That is for each of us to decide personally.  

That said, the Bossert for State Senate campaign needs a lot more financial support than it got in 2016.  Then, I loaned my campaign $4400.00.  I raised about $26,000, too.  It was simply not enough, but look at the results.  I got 38% of the vote.  One of my fellow Dems ran a great campaign, raised and spent about $450,000.00.  She got 38% of the vote.  Another raised over $350,000.00 and spent that amount.  She, too, got only about 38% of the vote.  Yet another raised about $70,000.  She, too, got about 38% of the vote.  In each case (and my own, too) our Democratic Party candidate was far and away a more qualified candidate.  

What is the lesson?  I wish I knew.  I certainly got more 'bang for the buck.'   All I can manage is a thought that we are all failing to send the message that what we Dems stand for is really that which is the best interests of the voters.

This time around, I have started my candidacy by listening and not making the faulty decision of thinking I know better than the voters.  

So far, these seem to be the big issues.

Education is definetly up there, but so is a living wage and affordable housing.  Health care is a biggee, especially for the poor and the Baby Boomers (people my age!)  Among many of my potential constituents women's health and self determination are big issues.  The environment ranks high as well.  Those of us soon to be on a fixed income (or already there) care a lot about rising health care costs and unbalanced tax policies.

I think you get the idea.  I thought the big issue was public school and all that entails.  The truth is that we humans care about lots of things, but we tend to focus on those things that have the greatest impact on our lives ... in a very personal way.

$30,000 isn't going to help me market my candidacy well enough.  I am going to, pie in the sky, build an obscene budget.  Help me get to the bar I am setting - $450,000.

That sum will help me get a powerful message of reclamation of North Carolina on TV, radio, newspapers, mailers, bill boards, etc. and pay for a professional campaign manager as well.   

This sum is obscene, but if you and I think of it as an investment in a better North Carolina, electing a Democrat in the 48th State Senate district could be a game changer for future generations of North Carolineans.

Sunday, May 28, 2017 3:12 PM

The Affordable Care Act

We need to protect the Affordable Care Act.  The Senate is avoiding this issue.  I think it is because the protests and anger of the American people have risen to put a halt on abandoning ACA.

Sunday, April 16, 2017 6:46 PM

What's been going on?

It has been a long time since any changes have been made on this website.  No one to blame for that, but your's truly. 

Regardless, I have been a very busy candidate for the past several months.  More important, I've just been very busy.  Thanks to Debbie Rountree, Chair of precinct 2 in Henderson County, I have an opportunity to meet with precinct 2 people, canvass in Green Meadows and plan for an upcoming fundraiser.

I've been attending sanctuary meetings, gatherings at the Hendersonville Courthouse (hosted by Jayne Jennings), and postcard writing at the Sanctuary Brewery (hosted by Meg Hoke) on Fridays.

Jackie Hovey, former chair of the Transylvania County Democrats, gave me an opportunity to speak for a few minutes at the County Convention.  I addressed the Buncombe County Senior Democrats.

I have been trying hard to post on my Facebook page almost everyday.  AND ... I have been asking for modest donations - 200 people - $20.00 each.  It is early in the campaign and my needs right now are pretty modest.

For now, please consider giving me your support right at this site through ACTBLUE.  And anticipate weekly updates on the campaign.

Thanks to you all for your support.

Sunday, October 16, 2016 8:22 PM

Jeff Messer Interviews Norm

Norm is interviewed by Jeff Messer on 880 the Revolution...listen in at the link here.

Norm Bossert on the Jeff Messer Show


Sunday, October 16, 2016 8:19 PM

Norm's Interview with Jeremy Loeb at WCQS

On the WCQS website:
In Race for Apodaca's Seat, Educator Norm Bossert Hopes to Defy the Odds...

Jeremy Loeb says: "North Carolina Senate District 48 features the race for Republican Senator Tom Apodaca's seat.  One of the state's most influential lawmakers, Apodaca decided to retire early, meaning his seat is up for grabs.  The conservative-leaning district covers parts of Buncombe, Henderson, and Transylvania counties.  It's represented now by Republican Senator Chuck Edwards, a small business owner who was appointed to fill Apodaca's vacancy.  Edwards declined our interview request.  His opponent, Democrat Norm Bossert, was more than happy to be interviewed.  He drove over to WCQS one evening from Black Mountain Elementary School, where he's been principal for about a decade, to answer questions on the numerous issues of concern in this election.  The full conversation is above.  We've highlighted some individual issues below."

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Bossert for State Senate
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