Rowan County native Al Heggins is running for election to represent District 76 in the North Carolina House of Representatives, the People’s House. Heggins said she is ready to broaden her commitment to Salisbury, Rowan County and the state she loves.
“I’m running for election to the North Carolina House because I believe in our City, our County, our State and the many great people living here in Rowan County,” Al said. “Voices across our County deserve to be heard when important legislative decisions are being made that impact the quality of life for families and determine to what measure local government can serve its constituents.”
The newly redrawn District 76 now includes the entire City of Salisbury, as well as Spencer, East Spencer and other areas of Rowan County. The General Assembly was forced to redraw the 76th and other legislative districts this year after a North Carolina court struck down the previous map as a partisan gerrymander that violated the state constitution.
Al supports more state investment in public education, greater flexibility for decision making at the local level, compassionate extension of Medicaid to the most vulnerable residents of North Carolina, workers’ rights and most importantly, the weight of poverty lifted from the backs of families.
Al made history in 2017 as the first African American woman elected to the Salisbury City Council. She served as mayor, another historic first for the City. She was re-elected to a second term on City Council in November 2019 and now serves as the mayor protem. Continuing her commitment to participatory government, Al wants to encourage residents in the 76th to embrace the North Carolina General Assembly as “The People’s House,” a reflection that the public’s voice should be the compass guiding decisions made by elected representatives.
Born in Concord and raised in southern Rowan County, Al is married to Isaac Heggins and is a mother and grandmother. A 19-year veteran of the U.S. Army, Al is fluent in Spanish and earned master’s and bachelor’s degrees from UNC-Charlotte.
Heggins’ career includes public education as a school teacher and college administrator, as well as owning a small business. In 2013, she was selected by President Barack Obama as a White House Champion of Change for exemplary municipal work for the City of High Point, where she served as Human Relations director. Since her election in 2017, she has served as a full-time mayor and now mayor pro tem for Salisbury.
“I’m not going anywhere. I will continue to serve my constituents in Salisbury as a City Council member and mayor pro tem, and then as their state representative in Raleigh. During my time as mayor, I learned firsthand how much control and influence the General Assembly has over municipal governments and budgets. I believe I can be an even stronger advocate for Salisbury and Rowan County serving in the North Carolina House of Representatives.”