Why I’m Running

A true democracy requires that the voters have a choice. I offer a choice, a clear choice, to the voters of NC House District 93.

My interest in state politics began in 1977 when I realized that one legislator can actually make a huge difference in the lives of the people represented. I appreciated at that time that legislators are people, just like you and I, and that most are good people who see themselves as public servants. I was impressed by how effectively both Republicans and Democrats could work together to make North Carolina a better place. Politicians told the truth and could be trusted. When a politician gave his word, it was golden. I wanted to be a part of that process and felt that I had the commitment, passion, temperament, moral compass, and ethics to be a good legislator.

In the last few years, I have been disappointed that politicians no longer seem to work together for the good of our state or their represented counties. Everyone seems to be in it for the wrong reasons. Now the focus is on keeping their party or their leader in power. For some, truthfulness and honesty are a thing of the past and the guiding mantra seems to be that the end justifies the means, no matter how unfair the process.

Imagining How Things Ought To Be

My approach in life has always been to imagine how things ought to be and then to take action to make that happen. And “how it is now” is not “how it ought to be.” So, it is time for all of us to take action. Being retired, I am no longer pulled in many directions with a job, higher education, young children, professional association activities, or other obligations. I am ready to stop talking about it and to start doing something about it. I am ready to devote myself to being a full-time legislator, with an eye on the future and a commitment to the public-service values of the past.

When my wife and I settled in Ashe County, we fell in love with the high country and the people who live here. My life as a physical therapist had always involved service to my patients and the public. I want to continue as a servant of the community, and it would be a privilege to really represent the concerns and needs of my neighbors, the people of Alleghany, Ashe, and Watauga counties – to be our voice in the NC House of Representatives.

Returning Tax Dollars Back to the High Country

Our counties have so many needs. Many shared by the people of all three counties and some unique to an individual locale or special interest group. We can all benefit from greater opportunities for a healthy lifestyle and access to health care when we need it. Our communities need a serious infusion of opportunities for economic development (jobs, jobs, good local jobs) and a prepared workforce. We need child care, mental health care, and elder care services; and we need to address shelter and food insecurity. When we pay our taxes, we need those dollars to come back to us so that we can work together to address our own needs.

Supporting Choice, Responsibility and Accountability

I am a great believer in people and an individual’s right to responsible choice. Not the kind of choice that risks your neighbor’s health or safety, but the kind of choice that represents the freedom of having options.

I support ensuring everyone’s right to vote, addressing climate change, and protecting the privacy of decisions between a woman and her health-care providers. I will work to build our social and technological infrastructure to address the economic issues of the High Country including bringing good high-paying jobs to the area, addressing food and housing insecurity, and providing healthcare for everyone.

Choose to send me to Raleigh, and I will, with your help, protect your choices by:

Seeking quality health care for all by closing the insurance coverage gap

Building an infrastructure of technology to support education, business, health services, and leisure

Recruiting corporations that offer high-paying jobs, as well as supporting and expanding small business opportunities

Expanding affordable housing and addressing food insecurity

Addressing mental health issues and expanding access to mental health care

Providing for affordable early and post-secondary education

Promoting affordable and accessible children’s day care and care for senior citizens

Addressing climate change and protecting our mountains, streams, and fresh air

Ensuring voting rights, fair and transparent campaign practices, and preventing legislation that would allow legislators to overrule a fair election

Working with local law enforcement and our mental health professionals to provide more safety for all

Supporting comprehensive sex education in our community to decrease unplanned pregnancies and protect against sexual diseases and infections

Ensuring that science, and not emotion, determines safety guidelines regarding future public health concerns

Preventing unfair taxation of the less wealthy and tax cuts for the rich

“The only path I see to accomplish any of these goals is by sending more balanced, less polarized legislators to Raleigh. I am ready to be one, and I promise to remember the values that brought me to this decision to run.”  — Ben Massey

Ben and Darlene Massey

“It’s no surprise to you to know that we probably fall in different places on some of the issues and challenges that face our state and nation. But I am absolutely committed to see people of Character and Integrity like you in the state and national legislatures.”

Wadsworth Duane (Skip) Roy, III, Registered Republican

 

 

“I believe we need individuals like you who will bring to our government an open mind and the ability to seek reasonable outcomes.”

Robert Bartlett, Registered Republican

 

 

“It takes guts, will and social commitment to have the courage to run. Your attitude of helping others, and your reasonableness in debate to ideas of others makes you what our society needs.”

Robert G. Johnson - Registered as Unaffiliated

 

 

Also endorsed by Mrs. Phyllis Goss, wife of former State Senator Steve Goss from Jefferson, who served in the NC Senate, 2007 – 2010

 

 

“I can tell you with all sincerity, that I have always seen you as a member of the North Carolina General Assembly. You have an extraordinary intuition for the legislative process, as well as the innate skill for blending the toughness of negotiation with the art of compromise.”

Randall C. Stewart, Former Member of the NC House of Representatives and Registered Democrat

 

 

"I am most happy to endorse Ben Massey for NC House Representative in the 93rd District. Ben cares about people and knows the issues that impact the lives of hard-working people in the 93rd House District—Affordable healthcare, Quality education for all, Clean air and water, Creating economic growth, and Assisting farmers. He has my enthusiastic support."

Ray Russell, the NC House, 2019 -2020

 

 

"Congrats for making the decision to run for NC district 93! Wow. And Thank You God! No one is more suitable & qualified than you, my Gentle Ben. Our country needs your knowledge & service, so much more than ever before. Good Timing, Good Man! Thanks with my Heartfelt Gratitude."

Bonnie Wooten

 

 

Also endorsed by Representative Cullie Tarlton from Blowing Rock, who served in the NC House, 2007 – 2010

 

 

 

Proudly endorsed by Progressive Turnout Project, the largest voter contact organization in the country, specifically dedicated to mobilizing the Democratic Party and defending democracy.

 

 

 

The National Association of Social Workers North Carolina Chapter (NASW-NC) Political Action for Candidate Election (PACE) committee would like to offer our endorsement of your campaign for the upcoming 2022 General Election for House District 93.

 

 

 

"I know Ben Massey from our years as physical therapists. He possesses tremendous leadership ability with success serving on both national and state organizations. Ben has integrity and the desire to serve. Our mountain counties will do well having a people-caring person like Ben representing them."

Charlotte Hanes