Politics Aside at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds

Politics Aside at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds

Walter

November 9, 2020

In an era of shrill partisanship, a group of North Carolina legislators is finding common ground – at a campground. An obscure patch of woods in west Raleigh is a venue for lawmakers to connect with the outdoors, build relationships and share ideas. Rep. Brian Turner, a Democrat from Asheville, likens the atmosphere to being back in college. Turner discovered the fairground hideaway on a tip from Sampson County Republican Senator Brent Jackson. “Camping was appealing because it’s the best of both worlds,” Turner says. “You have your own space and you’re part of a larger community.” Contact with fellow campers exposes legislators to other points-of-view. “Those connections,” Turner says, “make North Carolina feel like a much smaller state than it might seem.

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