A product of North Carolina, Linda Coleman was born in Greenville. She received her bachelor of arts from North Carolina A&T University, but left North Carolina to get her master in public administration from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.
She attended North Carolina public schools, as did her children.
Coleman served three terms as a member of the House of Representatives, from 2004-09. Having been a high school teacher, Coleman said that education was one of her top priorities in the General Assembly.
She also also served as chair of the Wake County Board of Commissioners and the director of the Office of State Personnel from 2009-12.
Coleman ran against Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest for the office in 2012 and narrowly lost. Forest won by 0.2 percent, or 6,858 votes.
Below, we talk to Linda Coleman about the important education issues for the office of the Lieutenant Governor and the state of North Carolina.