My name is Audra Killingsworth, and I am running for Wake County Commissioner in District 3. I’m a mom, wife, occupational therapist, and Apex Town Council member.
I grew up on a farm in rural Louisiana. Simply put, my family was poor. I understand how food insecurity and ill-fitting shoes impact a child’s learning ability, but I also understand how free lunch and access to public schools make it possible for a child to learn. Even though my circumstances limited my opportunities, I worked very hard, earned top grades, graduated as Valedictorian, and garnered enough merit scholarships to attend the University of Louisiana. 14 years ago, I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy.
In 2006, I moved to Apex to start a family, relocated to Fuquay-Varina for a few years, then returned to Apex in 2014. I am married to a wonderfully supportive man, and together our blended family includes four children. Our oldest graduated from Apex High School in 2018 and currently attends UNC-Asheville, while our younger three still attend public schools in Apex.
Professionally, I work with older adults so they can achieve more independence. I help them develop physical skills required to carry out daily tasks, which means I must assess their needs, help them identify reasonable goals, and develop a plan to reach those goals. Supporting clients’ success is not only satisfying for me, it’s proof that continued progress demands steady, systematic work.
I never thought I would run for political office, but like so many the 2016 Presidential Election really woke me up. I attended the 2017 Women’s March in Washington, and I came away knowing I had to do something. I ran for Apex Town Council in 2017 and won my seat. The last several elections at every level have convinced me that we need more smart, enthusiastic, and progressive women in our political process.
My time on Apex Town Council has provided me first-hand experience with listening, finding common ground, making hard decisions, and serving the public. I love living in Wake County and raising my children in a place filled with diverse people and opportunities. Our county commissioners have worked very hard for years to make Wake a great place to live, but there is still so much work to be done. I will bring policy driven, compassionate, progressive leadership to the County Board of Commissioners so that we can keep Wake moving forward.