Senate District 42: Lyndon Helton

I decided to add to the growing list of Candidates who have had bios put up on this site by adding my candidate, Lyndon Helton. Lyndon is running for North Carolina State Senate in District 42. This District covers all of Catawba and part of Iredell counties.

His Bio from the website:

Lyndon was born in Catawba County in 1965. He is the oldest of five children. Lyndon’s parents are hard working people who believed in giving their kids as good a life as possible. Lyndon’s father worked mostly in construction, while Lyndon’s mother was mostly a stay-at-home mom who cared for Lyndon and two sets of twins. Lyndon became the first member of his family to graduate from High School when he graduated from St. Stephens in 1984.

While in high school, Lyndon was given a real world lesson in the importance of effective government. Lyndon’s father was seriously injured at work when he fell while working construction, and during the 6 months he was out of work his family was only able to survive because of a weekly workers’ compensation check. Eventually, things became so tight that Lyndon, and his younger brother and sister qualified for food stamps while his father was recuperating. Thankfully, Lyndon’s father was able to return to work after a few months, and with lots of hard work his parents earned a middle class living.

This lesson in compassionate, effective government was matched by lessons of hard work and personal responsibility. During high school, Lyndon worked three jobs while playing football and taking college-prep classes. Lyndon was able to attend Lenoir-Rhyne College because his mother took the burden upon herself to work as a housekeeper at the school. While at Lenoir-Rhyne he worked construction for spending money. Because of his mother’s sacrifice, Lyndon was able to take advantage of the free tuition program that was offered to employees of Lenoir-Rhyne College.

After graduation from college Lyndon felt it was his duty to serve his country. He joined the Navy immediately after graduation. During his two years of active duty in the Navy, Lyndon earned the Navy Achievement Medal for Meritorious Service, and was honorably discharged to the Navy Reserve as a Lieutenant. Lyndon’s service in the military grew out of a need to serve his country, and strengthened his belief that America is the greatest nation in the world.

As soon as he left the military Lyndon went to Wake Forest Law School. After that he spent time working in Virginia and Charlotte. During this time in Charlotte, Lyndon worked for a firm that defended insurance companies. Lyndon found this work distasteful, due to the insurance companies’ greed and lack of respect for working men and women, like his parents. This experience motivated Lyndon to move back to Hickory and work for folks in their disputes with insurance companies.

In 1998, Lyndon’s life was changed again, this time because of the birth of his son. His son is the most important thing in Lyndon’s life, and Lyndon’s desire to help make sure that his son grows up in a town as safe and healthy as the Hickory of Lyndon’s boyhood is the biggest reason Lyndon is a candidate for the North Carolina State Senate.

Although the area is very Republican, the local Republicans are fractured and angry. Between an ugly fight for the seat currently held by McHenry to the carryover this year over the Sheriff's face Republicans are fractured. On the other hand, local Democrats are unified and energized with the largest and best slate of candidates in a long time. Between Lyndon, Ray Warren (NC House 88), Steve Hunt (Catawba County Sherriff) and great local candidates such as Clem Geitner and Angela Phillips Catawba county has a real chance to start changing hands this year.

I will be posting a similar version of this on DKOS.

Comments

Lyndon's website

I have to say that Lyndon Helton's campaign website is the best online local candidate site I have ever seen. They way they've built it,it's a true campaign tool -- a 24/7 commercial for the candidate with video links on the home page and simple issue statements that say what they say and don't get wordy or too smart for the casual voter to deal with.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Content

The site is very functional but content-wise I'm not so sure about photo with his ex-wife and Tony Rand. It begs the question as to what happened since the last paragraph of his bio. It's something that should be addressed since it has been raised.