Anna Jane Carson was named Macon County Democrat of the Year at the 2017 Liston B. Ramsey Spring Gala in Mars Hill, NC. Wayne Goodwin, Chair, North Carolina Democratic Party, was the keynote speaker. Anna Jane has been involved in the Democratic Party from an early age and is an active member of the Democratic Women’s Club. Shown with Anna Jane is Wayne Goodwin, chair of the NCDP, Margaret Perry, former Macon County Chair, and Kathy Sinclair, chair of the 11th Congressional District.
In 1960, Liston B. Ramsey was elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives. He served 19 consecutive terms in the state legislature and became one of its most influential members. In 1981 he was elected Speaker of the House and would spend four terms in that post; he was the first legislator in North Carolina history to hold the Speaker’s office for four terms (a record tenure matched only by James B. Black). During his tenure as Speaker, he worked to transfer state funds to the often-neglected western mountain counties of North Carolina, building roads and other public facilities that would not have existed otherwise. A major accomplishment of his time as Speaker was the creation of the Liston B. Ramsey Activity Center at Western Carolina University. The Center, opened in 1986, features facilities for basketball, volleyball, and other sports, as well as sponsoring cultural activities on the Western Carolina campus.