N.C. HOUSE - District 93
Ben F. Massey, Jr. has been an active member of the North Carolina Democratic Party (NCDP) since the 1970’s. He is Second Vice-President of the Ashe County Democrats, a Delegate to the 5th District, a member of the State Executive Committee of the NCDP.
Ben grew up in a small community in Zebulon, North Carolina and he knows what it means to be a good neighbor. His dad was a mail carrier and his mom owned a dance school. His grandfather was a deputy sheriff who was shot and killed in the line of duty. Ben grew up barning tobacco and working at the local gas station.
He received his Bachelor of Science in physical therapy from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and his Master of Arts from the University of Phoenix. He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree by Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. He and his wife currently reside on a small farm in Grassy Creek, North Carolina
Ben has a long and distinguished career in health care and community service. He began his career as a physical therapist in small community hospitals. He served two terms as President of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) (2000 – 2006), and also served as Secretary of the APTA Board of Directors, Vice Speaker of the APTA House of Delegates, and Chair of the APTA Nominating Committee. He served in numerous elected offices in the North Carolina Physical Therapy Association including President, Vice President, and Chief Delegate. He served as Secretary of the Foundation for Physical Therapy and as a Trustee for the Physical Therapy Political Action Committee (PT-PAC). He was also elected to the Board of Directors of the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. In 2016, he retired as Executive Director of the NC Board of Physical Therapy Examiners.
Upon his retirement, Ben managed the Watauga County Farmers’ Market in Boone, NC 2016-17 and in 2019, was elected President of the Ashe County Farmer’s Market.
In 2016, Governor McCrory presented Ben with “The Order of the Long Leaf Pine”. This recognition is among the most prestigious awards presented by the Governor to individuals who have a proven record of extraordinary service to the state. Ben’s leadership and extensive contributions to the profession of physical therapy and his community have also been recognized by numerous organizations.
Board of Commissioners
Deaett R. Roten
Register of Deeds
I’m Beth Sorrell and I’m running for Ashe County Commissioner. As Commissioner, I will work to make Ashe County an even better place for everyone to live. My top priorities include:
increasing availability of safe and affordable housing;
growing our outdoor economy by creating more greenspace and recreational opportunities leading to improved health outcomes;
improving access to healthcare, including supporting our local hospital;
protecting our water, forestlands, and other natural resources;
supporting education and the creation of jobs that provide a living wage
I grew up in Asheville and graduated from ASU in 1995. I spent three years with the Peace Corps in Tanzania focusing on community-based natural resource management. After returning to NC, I earned a master’s degree in Public Health Education at UNC-CH, and spent a year in Ethiopia working in community health education. Living in some of the poorest parts of the world has opened my eyes to many different perspectives and taught me that no challenge is too great.
Since moving to Ashe County in 1999, I’ve been involved in numerous community endeavors and organizations. I’ve been an advocate for the Latino community as part of High Country Amigos, volunteering at the Ashe Latino Center, and by serving as a Spanish interpreter at the Free Clinic, DSS and wherever needed. I’ve helped organize Latino Festivals and been an ESL teacher for 15 years. I currently serve as president of the Ashe County Habitat for Humanity board where I’ve been a volunteer since 2013 and also served as treasurer and vice-president. I’m president of Summit Support Services of Ashe where I’ve served on the board since 2012.
For the past 18 years I’ve taught in the Ashe Family Literacy program at Wilkes Community College helping residents complete their high school education and gain skills in parenting, career, and college preparation. I have reached a point where I can serve Ashe County by offering a new voice to a County Commission that is currently out of balance. Ashe County has great potential to move forward and create a place where everyone can thrive, and I will work to make that happen.
Deaett R. Roten is running for re-election as the Ashe County register of deeds.
US House of Representatives District 5
North Carolina House of Representatives District 93
Ben Massey, Jr.
North Carolina Supreme Court Associate Justice Seat 3
North Carolina Supreme Court Associate Justice Seat 5
Sam J. Ervin IV
North Carolina Court of Appeals Judge Seat 8
Carolyn Jennings Thompson
North Carolina Court of Appeals Judge Seat 9
Brad A. Salmon
North Carolina Court of Appeals Judge Seat 10
Gale Murray Adams
North Carolina Court of Appeals Judge Seat 11