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Raleigh – Earlier this week, the family of Representative Mary McAllister announced her passing. Rep. McAllister was the first Black woman to win a countywide election in Cumberland County and an inspiration to all. She won her seat on the Cumberland county Board of Commissioners in 1980 and served for eight years and was chairwoman in her final year. She was elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives in 1990 and served for 18 years. In 1971 she founded the organization Operation Sickle Cell, now called Community Health Interventions.

North Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Wayne Goodwin has released the following statement:

“The North Carolina Democratic Party is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Representative Mary McAllister. When we served together in the House, I knew her to be a strong leader, powerful advocate for others and someone who never backed down from a fight on any issue, particularly on matters of civil rights, public education, public health, or families and communities in need. She will be missed, but I celebrate her life and legacy together with all who knew her.”

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