Denise D. (D.D.) Adams, who represents the North Ward on the Winston-Salem City Council, made the official announcement of her candidacy for North Carolina’s Fifth District Congressional seat at the Forsyth Board of Elections on Feb. 23.
Adams, born and raised in Winston-Salem, is serving her third term on the city council in Winston-Salem. The Fifth Congressional District is composed of 11 northwest North Carolina counties and is represented by Virginia Foxx, Republican. Adams is a Democrat.
Adams said she shares the concerns many have in Stokes County about coal ash and fracking.
“We have a coal ash problem in North Carolina. The state has identified 63 areas of concern at 30 coal ash impoundments and directed Duke Energy to provide repair plans. The NC Department of Environmental Quality has filed four lawsuits against Duke Energy. DEQ is in a partnership with the EPA to address the environmental violations associated with coal ash facilities and to resolve violations of the Clean Water Act. Cleaning these sites is a costly and time consuming problem and I have no doubt that it will be completed.”
Adams said the biggest question is who will pay for the cleanup.
“My answer is Duke Energy. I learned at an early age that if you make a mistake you fix it. As the next Congresswoman of the Fifth District, I will work with local government to fight efforts by Duke Energy to put the costs back onto consumers.”
Adams said she opposes fracking because many don’t understand the cumulative impacts on health.
“What we do know is that fracking causes environmental damage by production of wastewater, air pollution and groundwater contamination. Some of the available research suggests there may be under-appreciated problems with air quality, particularly relating to ozone. And we all have seen pictures of areas that have been fracked. They are wastelands.”
Adams believes those who favor fracking claim that the new supply of natural gas produced prevents the burning of coal, which each year contributes to the early death of thousands of people.
“But fracking is not the only answer to our energy needs or to cleaning our air. We need to look to nature to provide for our energy needs. It’s time to move to wind, solar, and geothermal which produce far fewer harmful side effects.”
Adams said when in Congress, she’ll work to fund the development of new energy sources and added, “We have the ability to provide for our energy needs without damaging our environment.”
As a lifelong resident of the Fifth District, Adams said she’s passionate about local issues and Stokes County citizens would be heard.
“I am not about birthday cards and photo ops. I’m about doing the hard work of improving the lives of constituents. I will seek community counsel and use continuous improvement teams of citizens to prioritize needs,” she said. “I know this area and what it needs. I have proven that I have the ability to work across party lines and can use my skills and experience to solve problems and create meaningful change. Now it’s time to take all that to D.C. to make life better in the Fifth. I am the woman who can and will beat Virginia Foxx.”
Amanda Dodson may be reached at 336-813-2426.