My name is Maria Collins Warren. I am a native North Carolinian, a former prosecutor, an attorney, and an adjunct faculty member at UNCP and UNCW, teaching courses about the US Constitution, law, and policy. I am a wife, a mother, and a Democrat. I am running for the US House of Representatives in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District for 2018. Our District has been missing a strong, determined voice in Congress. I have the education, experience, and steely determination to be that voice. Please keep reading to find out more about me and our campaign. Also, please scroll down to subscribe to receive our campaign updates!
I am extremely excited and humbled to be a candidate for the US House of Representatives in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District for 2018. I promise to be the determined, informed, and tireless voice of each of you in Congress. My Robesonian grandparents (a farmer and a former fourth-grade teacher) always taught me that elected officials should strive to be statesmen and not politicians. I will do everything in my power to fulfill that obligation.
My family has continuously lived in what is now North Carolina's 9th since the 1700s. My two sons, my husband, and I live on a farm right outside of St. Pauls, NC. My husband (also a lawyer) and the boys are all very excited and supportive about this campaign! We understand how important a just, safe, and prosperous community is to the futures of all of our children. We attend Haymount United Methodist Church, and I am a lifelong Methodist.
I was born in Robeson County in 1969. I was raised in St. Pauls, NC, by my mother Rhoda Collins, who was a Professor of Education at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke for almost forty years. She enthusiastically trained North Carolina teachers and taught me the importance of education, community, and service.
I attended Lumberton Senior High School, where I was Chief Marshall and Co-Editor of the newspaper. I graduated as Valedictorian in 1987.
My high school/college job was as a radio announcer at WAGR/WJSK in Lumberton. I still hold my FCC license from that time!
I attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received a Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship. I was inducted into several honor societies at UNC: Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Eta Sigma, and Pi Sigma Alpha. I spearheaded college student recruitment to tutor at-risk youth at area high schools through Upward Bound in Chapel Hill. I received my undergraduate degree with distinction from UNC-Chapel Hill in political science.
I attended The Ohio State University, College of Law on a scholarship. I was Vice President of Phi Delta Phi and a Moot Court Motions Judge. I interned and prepared to be a criminal prosecutor while at Ohio State Law. When I graduated I came back to North Carolina ready to start my life of public service.
I was an assistant district attorney (criminal prosecutor) in Wilmington, NC, for seven years. I prosecuted-- among all sorts of misdemeanors and felony cases--domestic violence abusers, child abusers, and drunk drivers who killed innocent citizens. I saw a need to increase the punishment for felony death by vehicle (drunk driving homicide), and I was instrumental in successfully lobbying to increase the mandatory penalty of those convicted of felony death by vehicle in North Carolina.
I set up the programming for the New Hanover County Teen Court and acted as its first judge. During this time, I was the President of the Board of Family Services, President of Democratic Women of New Hanover County, and worked on countless campaigns for Democratic candidates.
I always strive to have a servant's heart. In 2002 I won the YWCA Woman of Achievement Award for Public Service for New Hanover, Pender, Brunswick, Bladen, and Columbus counties.
I started teaching for the Department of Public and International Affairs at UNCW over eleven years ago. I have taught there ever since. I have taught many, many courses on the US Constitution, human rights, politics, and government.
I also continue to proudly teach for UNCP's Department of American Indian Studies, as I have done for over five years. At UNCP I teach American Indian Law and Federal Policy and the American Indian. In 2013-2014 I was a HOPES Grant Recipient (Harnessing Opportunities through Proactive Education and Services) and developed my course on Native American federal policy for UNCP.
All of my experience in law and government means that I will be able to effectively and knowledgeably represent each of you in Congress. I have studied and prepared for this role for my entire life. I will be so excited to have the opportunity to bring determined and invested representation back to this District. Our District deserves an avid voice in Congress. I will always be available to the people of the District, and I will not be silenced until each and every part of this District is faithfully and fully represented.
Here are the main themes of my campaign platform. We are facing a new sort of politics. My platform is designed to address that.
Here are some of the most important issues:
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PO Box 55, Saint Pauls, NC 28384