Lee County Democratic Party Chair John Kirkman is a life-long Democrat. He was born and raised in Greensboro and first became active in politics in 1960 as a Teen Dem.
John graduated in 1969 from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, with a degree in History and International Studies. He spent his whole career in labor relations and human resources. During his career John has lived in NC, TN, NJ, CA, NY and CT.
John’s last employer was BASF Corporation in Mount Olive, New Jersey where he served as the Corporate Director of Industrial Relations/EEO. He retired from BASF in 2004 and moved to Sanford with his wife Pat to live on a golf course in Carolina Trace.
Over the years John has served on a variety boards, both professional and nonprofits. During his last five years in NJ John served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Sunrise House Foundation. Since moving to NC John has been elected to serve as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Bethesda Inc., a men’s halfway house in Aberdeen. John has also served on the Board of Governors for Carolina Trace Country Club and he has held a variety of positions on the board of directors for his homeowners’ association. He currently serves as the chair of the architectural review committee for his homeowners’ association. John also serves on S3 Housing Connect, which helps to combat homelessness.
Besides golf John and his wife Pat enjoy a variety of recreational sports as well as travel. They have one son who lives in Los Angeles. They are members of St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church where Pat serves on the Outreach Committee and John serves as an Usher.
John is tired of the Republican legislature neglecting our school children and their teachers. If elected John promises to vote to substantially raise teachers’ pay, to give our schools the resources they need to succeed and to expand early childhood education programs.
John supports creating a healthier, safer North Carolina by expanding Medicaid, protecting our clean air and drinking water, fighting the opioid crisis and passing commonsense gun safety laws.
We Democrats are committed to building a stronger economy that works for everyone by fighting for equal pay for equal work, rebuilding our infrastructure, expanding access to rural broadband and ensuring workers get the pay and benefits they deserve.
Building a better North Carolina starts with making sure that our government is responsible to all our people. John believes we will build a better state by protecting the right to vote, passing independent redistricting and standing for equal rights and protection for all.