ABOUT ME

About Adam Ericson

I’ve always believed that as citizens we have a responsibility to build and support the communities we want to live in.

That’s why I became a public school teacher, a coach, and raised a family in Wilmington.

 

That’s why I’m running to represent Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach, and all our communities in Raleigh.

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We need real leadership on the issues and laws that impact our lives every day: quality education, environmental conservation, affordable healthcare, and healthy economic growth. To me these aren’t abstract concepts, they’re a set of middle-class values that made this country great and made me who I am today. 

I grew up in New York state, the son of a single mother. My brother and I took on a lot of responsibility at a young age to help my mother, who worked in a restaurant as a waitress.

I was fortunate to attend high performing public schools in New York State. I earned an academic scholarship to Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva New York, received a degree in Russian Area Studies and completed a semester of language immersion study at Middlebury College. 

Last year I earned my Master’s in Art of Teaching from UNCW. Go Seahawks!

I’ve always understood that hard work alone was not enough. I needed a community and a government willing to invest in my future.

How?

By supporting strong, high performing public schools and honoring the work of the teachers who built them. By giving me an opportunity to pursue a college degree despite being from a working-class family.

 

By empowering me to see a future unhindered by socioeconomic status.

Today, I teach and coach at New Hanover High School. My wife Tina, and I moved to Wilmington with our two young kids more than 15 years ago. I fell in love with the community and the natural environment, and Wilmington has been home ever since.

I converted to Catholicism in 2014 and found that the doctrine of Catholic service became a critical guide in my life. In addition to my work as a teacher and a coach, I volunteer for Meals on Wheels through St. Mark Catholic Church.

As citizens, we have a responsibility to participate and give back. That same spirit of service above self inspired me to seek public office.

 

That’s why I'm running and it would be an honor to earn your vote, 

 Adam 
 

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