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WRAL – June 28, 2018 – “The success of that effort could depend on challengers like Democrat Ginger Garner, who arrived at the legislative building Wednesday with her young son to support the ERA. “If we’re not advocating for the rights of human beings – and women’s rights are human rights – then something is really askew in the nature of what we’re pursuing,” Garner said. In November, she’ll face Republican state Sen. Norm Sanderson in the race for District 2, an area encompassing the coastal counties of Carteret, Craven and Pamlico. “The fact that he has been silent on many issues that work against his own constituency is really unacceptable,” Garner said.” Read the full article

June 21, 2018 – The Raleigh News and Observer – Ginger Garner, Sanderson’s Democratic opponent in November, responded with her own tweet saying: “Elected officials should serve as an example to our students through their actions & words. Senator Sanderson’s comments today objectified female students & minimized their work & involvement in the FFA. His comments are appalling & entirely inappropriate.” Read more here:

June 23, 2018 – North Carolina Democratic Party Press

March 29, 2018 – Partnership leader Ginger Garner announces State Senate Candidacy 

March 29, 2018
Caring Economy leader, author and founder of Medical Therapeutic Yoga, Ginger Garner has announced her candidacy for North Carolina State Senate, District 2. She writes:

“The Caring Economics Leadership program was a turning point for me not just in my career, but in my life. My radar for recognizing injustice – as a woman, mother, therapist, and small business owner, and also as someone who overcame poverty – has always been finely tuned. My entire career, and life, has been spent caretaking, often at my own expense, and it instilled in me an empathic urgency and a strong work ethic to help those who suffer at the hands of that injustice.

When Ann Crittenden’s landmark books, The Price of Motherhood and If You Can Raise Kids, You Can Manage Anything, landed in my hands – they put a voice to the unsettling feeling in my stomach that I had always had as a women trying to exist in a male-dominated world. That is when I learned about Dr. Riane Eisler’s work, her books, The Real Wealth of Nations and The Chalice and the Blade, and her theory, Caring Economics, which became a game changer for me.

These discoveries transpired just after the birth of my third son, almost 7 years ago now. What I learned shaped my already lean trajectory and mission for reshaping and transforming healthcare. I went on to author two book chapters and my first medical textbook, Medical Therapeutic Yoga, of which Dr. Eisler’s work was a cornerstone theme.

After working on the frontlines of education and healthcare for 25 years, it is easy to see how dominator-culture has stunted our creative and innovative potential as a society. I have lectured across the world and also via my book chapters and textbook, on how Dr. Eisler’s Caring Economics Theory and Partnership framework offers a solid, proven well-researched path to end violence against women and create societies that value caregiving and the feminine qualities that raise up and nurture generations.

I now have decided to add State Senator to the means by which, through caregiving and service to the public, I can continue to translate Caring Economy principles into policy. I will not be silent – as a mother of three, educator, doctor of physical therapy, wife, daughter, granddaughter, activist, aid worker and volunteer, and hopefully as a Senator – until we have achieved life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all citizens, regardless of gender, socioeconomic status, race, or creed. I am dedicated to participation in civil discourse and productive, community-building and caregiving-supporting rhetoric in the difficult realm of politics because it is where our democracy can survive.

Dr. Eisler’s Caring Economics Theory offers a solid, proven well-researched path to end violence against women and create societies that value caregiving and the feminine qualities that raise up and nurture generations.

I would encourage other Caring Economy and Partnership leaders to consider what critical role they could have in influencing policy that would support and solidify the value of caregiving and of nonviolent action in their community. Whether running for the local school board or commissioner seat, or serving on a Town committee, never underestimate the power of a few dedicated people to change the world. As Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

In service,
Ginger Garner, DPT, ATC/L, PYT

Medical Therapeutic Yoga makes a unique contribution to effective interprofessional partnerships in healthcare. Replete with exceptional expertise, understanding, and care, it provides a detailed biopsychosocial model for using yoga in both preventive and rehabilitative healthcare. I applaud and highly recommend this important book.” — Riane Eisler

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April 18, 2018 – The Sun Journal – Democrats seek N.C. Senate seat



February 20, 2018 – The News Times – Democrats line up for midterm races



February 8, 2018 – NC Democratic Senate Caucus – Educator, Dr. Ginger Garner Announces Candidacy for NC Senate District 2. 



February 8, 2018 – WUNC, North Carolina Public Radio – Four Women Kick Off Campaigns in North Carolina



January 4, 2017 – The Tideland News – Dr. Ginger Garner takes message to England  It’s not every day that someone from the United States speaks, as an invited guest expert, to members of the British Parliament. Ginger Garner is pictured with the Lord Stone of Blackheath, a member of the House of Lords since 1997 and the presider of the meeting.

May 24, 2017 – The Tideland News – Science transcends politics, it’s for all