Patsy Keever, a Democrat and former public school teacher running for the U.S. House of Representatives from North Carolina, has lived in Buncombe County for over four decades. According to her website, she graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in Elementary Education and taught in North Carolina public schools for 25 years.
In anticipation of the November 6 congressional elections, HuffPost Women spoke with her about who she is, why she's running and how to get involved with her campaign.
What's your favorite quality in another person?
Trust -- to have a quality relationship with someone, I must be able to trust them.
What three words best describe you?
Honest. Positive. Compassionate.
What's your biggest flaw?
What failure are you most grateful for?
Though I'm not grateful that I lost the race, there was an incredible silver lining to my 2004 Congressional campaign. I had recently lost my first husband to cancer when I began running against Charles Taylor. Through the course of the campaign, I met my husband Jim. He volunteered to be a driver on my race. On the way home from events, after I had spoken and met the voters, I used to sit in the front seat and talk to him. Over months of driving throughout Western North Carolina, we got to know each other really well and began dating after the campaign. We fell in love and we have been married for 6 years now.
If you weren't you, who would you be?
I've never wanted to be anyone but me.
If you could live anywhere, where would that be?
Asheville, North Carolina -- right where I live now.
What woman do you most look up to?
Eleanor Roosevelt. She overcame tremendous personal obstacles to work throughout her life for the betterment of the American people.
What advice do you live by?
"Bloom where you are planted." Meaning that, whatever life throws at you, always have a positive attitude and make the best of your situation, whatever it is.
What's your joy trigger?
Without question, my grandchildren.
What is your favorite book?
"Illusions" by Richard Bach. It's a book which examines life and philosophy in a whimsical manner.
What is your favorite album?
John Denver's Greatest Hits. His music soothes me and I really admire his commitment to the environment.
Where did you have the best meal of your life?
At the home of my good friends Chuck Campbell and Sarah York. Sarah is an incredible cook!
What is your favorite thing you've ever worn and why?
I have a black vest that I love. I don't know what brand it is or anything, but it is soft and comfy -- with pockets for my hand and my phone.
What talent do you wish you had?
That's an easy one -- I wish I could sing, like a nightclub diva!
What quality or accomplishment do you want people to know you for?
Next to raising two wonderful daughters, I think teaching and being a positive role model for young people is the most important thing I've done in my life.
What makes you feel the most free?
Spending the day on the beach with my husband and our friends.
Why are you running?
I am running because the people of the 10th congressional district deserve a choice. Mr. McHenry votes too often with the extreme wing of his party, against the best interests of the majority of his constituents. My extensive life experiences as a mother, grandmother, teacher, county commissioner and state representative will enable me to relate to my constituents on a personal level and advocate for their needs in Congress.
What is the most important issue for women in this election?
I think that jobs are number one on everyone's mind. There are a lot of woman-centric issues that are important in this campaign, but really, I think that what most women want is to be able to provide for their families. They want to be secure in their ability to feed their kids, to put gas in their car, and to get to and from work on safe roads and bridges.
How can readers get involved in your campaign?
It's easy! Go to keeverforcongress.com and learn more about me, my race and North Carolina.