Barrick Files Paperwork Preparing for N.C. State Senate Run

Caldwell County resident cites poor leadership by GOP as his primary motivation

LENOIR, N.C. -- Michael Barrick of Lenoir, a retired teacher, newspaper reporter and hospital administrator, has announced that he is seeking election to the North Carolina State Senate to represent Avery, Burke and Caldwell counties. He is a Democrat.

While filing for the office does not begin until December 2, Barrick filed paperwork at the Board of Elections last Friday to set up a campaign committee, Citizens for Barrick.

Barrick said, “I am seeking election to the North Carolina State Senate for one fundamental reason -- the people of North Carolina deserve true leaders in the North Carolina General Assembly.” He explained, “Our times call for responsive representation, not obstructionist tactics such as has happened under the Republican leadership of the North Carolina General Assembly. Enough is enough. Now is the time for a new state senator for Avery, Burke and Caldwell counties.”

He added, “I believe our citizens should rightfully question why anyone would seek or accept a leadership position in these times to only attack our state’s poor and most vulnerable people and use underhanded tactics to disenfranchise voters.”

He charged, “This is not leadership. This is chaos. The time is now for citizen legislators to replace the career politicians beholden to the special interests that have taken over our state. That is why I seek to be the next state senator to represent the district.”

Pointing to his experience in leadership, the local writer noted that he has served as a teacher, civic leader, hospital administrator and editor. He shared, “I have managed a classroom, probably one of the most difficult leadership positions I have ever held. I have worked in health care as a paramedic and hospital administrator, serving in the latter capacity as the Safety Office/Emergency Preparedness Coordinator in two hospitals. In that capacity, I was responsible for leading the hospitals through disasters, and did so numerous times.”

Barrick noted that he was the Managing Director of Education and Communications for Wall Watchers, a North Carolina-based national donor advocacy organization. He has been active in Caldwell County, serving for 10 years as a little league baseball and basketball coach, as a member of the Caldwell County Board of Education, chairman of the Caldwell County Human Relations Council, and the South Caldwell High School Human Relations Council.

He is also a Fellow of the North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership and Leadership Caldwell. In 2002, he received the Plott Hound Courage Award from Common Cause North Carolina for his outreach efforts to members of the North Carolina General Assembly in support of campaign finance reform.

In addition to poor leadership by Republican legislators, Barrick also pointed to the importance of identifying the impacts of climate change on North Carolina and developing immediate and effective policy responses; pledged to expand Medicaid, which is part of his overall focus on ensuring that the state’s most poor and vulnerable are protected; promised to demonstrate true respect for teachers by restoring tenure and ending the intrusive policies from Raleigh that interfere with teaching; and, deliver improved constituency representation.

Barrick concluded, “This will take thousands of people. We ask that interested individuals visit our website to see how they can help.”

To learn more, visit the campaign’s website, contact the campaign directly, send an email to Campaign Manager Dorian Palmer at You can contact Barrick at or at 828.750.5403.

Michael Barrick (pictured above) of Lenoir announced his intention to run for NC Senate District 46.
Michael Barrick (pictured above) of Lenoir announced his intention to run for NC Senate District 46.


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