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Growth: An Issue Critical for the Future of North Carolina

  • Meredith College - Ledford Hall - Room 101 Raleigh, NC 27607 (map)
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  • When: April 9th at 6:30pm

  • Location: Meredith College

  • Who: LWV-Wake Members and their friends

  • Cost: Free

  • RSVP: To sign up for this seminar series, please contact Lindsey Rojas at

We are thrilled to offer our seminar series "Issues Critical for the Future of North Carolina", a collaboration between the League of Women Voters of Wake County and David McLennan, Professor of Political Science at Meredith College. The final meeting of the Meredith class will feature an outstanding panel of speakers—and we would like you to join us!

The panel includes Fuquay-Varina native and town activist Tommy Broadwell, Wake County Commissioner Matt Calabria, and Wake County Long-Range Planning Administrator Sharon Peterson. They will discuss the benefits and challenges posed by rapid population growth both in Fuquay-Varina, one of the fastest-growing towns in the state, and in the Triangle area as a whole. These are people who really know what's going on—and they're putting themselves at our disposal!

Because this is such a great opportunity to learn more about the future of the Triangle, we're opening up the class to all League members and their friends. Please join us, and feel free to invite anyone you think would be interested. We’ll be delighted to see you.

Speaker Bios

Tommy Broadwell

Tommy Broadwell, a Varina native, was raised on a tobacco and dairy farm and is descended from many generations of farmers. He is a graduate of Fuquay Springs High School and of Campbell College, where he earned a BS in Biology. He has worked as a farmer, a banker, and a developer, and has been very active in the life of the town. He has served on the boards of the Fuquay-Varina Athletic Association and the Fuquay-Varina Planning and Zoning Department, and has also been the Executive Director of the Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce, a position he describes as his “favorite job.”

Matt Calabria

Matt Calabria has been a member of the Wake County Board of Commissioners since 2014, where he has advocated for, among other issues, a strong public education system, early childhood education, affordable housing, and a comprehensive public transportation system. He chairs the Board’s Public Safety Committee and co-chairs the Growth and Sustainability Committee. He also works with the Capital Area Workforce Development Board and other county programs and agencies to improve worker training and to provide incentives for businesses to be good employers to their workers. He describes himself as a “proud resident of Fuquay-Varina.”

Sharon Peterson

Sharon Peterson is the Long Range Planning Administrator at the Wake County Planning Development and Inspections Division, a position she has held since 2007. Among her many activities on behalf of Wake County residents was her work as a member of the Project Steering Committee for Fuquay-Varina’s 2035 Community Vision Land Use Plan.


To sign up for this session, please contact Lindsey Rojas at

For information about the course, please contact: Naomi Lambert at or Jackie Giordano at