Abbie Lane for NC House of Representatives

A Message From Abbie

Abbie’s Story

When I decided to run for public office I remember one of the first things my family asked me was if I was ready to step into the spotlight. They weren't asking because they thought I was afraid of the challenge, speaking to large groups, ill prepared or even the fact that I have long been diagnosed with social anxiety. They asked because even my closest friends and family know I've never been one that likes to focus on myself and would much rather quietly observe without drawing attention to myself while finding ways to help others. What they didn't know is I had already asked myself the same question and the revelation was that if it took me stepping out of the shadows to be the voice I felt was desperately missing and needed then I was ready.

I'm not your typical politician and quite honestly I never want to be. This is my story but more so it is me pulling back the curtain, stepping away from issues and policy and giving you an idea of the person behind the candidate. I'm a firm believer that we need to elect representatives who we all around believe in. That is why I will never ask you for your vote or your support and instead will always work to EARN it. Thank you for taking the time to discover who Abbie Lane is on and off the campaign trail.

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Growing up we always had animals around whether it was kennels of hunting dogs, cats, rabbits, or a long laundry list of other one off pets. From an early age the respect and balance of nature was instilled in me and that carried over to my love of animals.

I'm a firm believer in rescuing or adopting instead of purchasing as there are so many that need a loving home. Currently we have 4 dogs and 2 cats and 1 in doggy heaven that will forever be part of the family.

**Sandra the cat** came into the family in 2010 when she was actually purchased from a pet store for my grandmother who moved in with my mother after my grandfather passed for her birthday. My grandmother passed just weeks later and my mother promised to take care of the kitten as one of my grandmother's last request. When I moved into my mother's former house in 2013 it came with a request that I allow Sandra to stay which I had no problems with as it was her home too.

**Buddy the dog** was rescued from a breeder when he was unsellable in 2011. He became my shadow and road trip companion. He got to see much of the east coast from the passenger seat and loved every minute of it. Sadly he passed February 2020 and now rest on the property.

**Harley the cat** was rescued from Tarboro TNR at the request of my husband in 2014. She quickly became the Bonnie to Buddy's Clyde and together they were always a force to reckon with. She and Sandra have mutually decided to divide up our home with each taking a portion to call their own.

**Raven the dog** was a rescue from Edgecombe County Animal Shelter in 2017 when her entire litter was turned over to the shelter. Being a black and a bully breed two of the qualities that see dogs go unadopted we knew she was the one.

**Trixie the dog** is Raven's biological sister. When we adopted Raven my sister adopted Trixie. Unfortunately shortly after our father was diagnosed with cancer and with chemo couldn't be around animals so we agreed to take her in. Since she had become part of the family by the time she could have returned we agreed to keep her and never looked back.

**Zsasz the dog** joined the family in 2020. After the passing of Buddy I knew we needed to eventually replace the male alpha of our pack but was in no rush. A post from Pitt County Animal Shelter changed that when I saw him and knew instantly he was the one. You will now find him usually right by my side as he has taken over where Buddy left off.

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“Many people fear nothing more terribly than to take a position which stands out sharply and clearly from the prevailing opinion. The tendency of most is to adopt a view that is so ambiguous that it will include everything and so popular that it will include everybody. Not a few men who cherish lofty and noble ideals hide them under a bushel for fear of being called different.”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.