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Second Democrat confirms run for U.S. 5th district

Originally published: Jan. 11, 2012
Last modified: Jan. 11, 2012

Lauren K. Ohnesorge

Elisabeth Motsinger, a Forsyth County school board member, is the latest candidate to file with the Federal Election Commission to run for the 5th District House seat.

Motsinger is the second Democrat to enter the race for the seat currently held by Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-Watauga. Treva Johnson of Wilkes County is the other Democrat who has announced candidacy.

Motsinger, when contacted by telephone, said she would not comment until a news conference to formally announce her bid, which is scheduled for Tuesday in Winston-Salem.

Motsinger was listed as a candidate on the Federal Election Commission website Jan. 3.

A Facebook page has been created, called Elisabeth Motsinger for Congress (NC5), her husband, John Motsinger confirmed.

“We do not have a website up yet,” he said, adding that one is planned.

John Motsinger also said his wife planned to keep her school board seat in Forsyth County.

According to the Facebook page for her school board campaign, Motsinger has been an at-large member of the Winston Salem/Forsyth County School Board since 2006 and is the mother of three children.

Additionally, the page indicates she is a physician's assistant in internal medicine and endocrinology at the Salem Center in Winston-Salem and is a graduate of the Wake Forest University Physician's Assistant program. The page says she is currently enrolled in the master of arts in bioethics program at Wake Forest University.

Motsinger is also listed as a member of the National Steering Committee of the Society for Organizational Learning Education Partnership.  Her hometown is listed as Walkertown.

Foxx, who lives in Watauga County, was re-elected to her fourth term in 2010. Prior to Foxx's tenure in Congress, she served 10 years in the North Carolina Senate.



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