E. Nelson Cole
Edward Nelson Cole (born Charlotte, North Carolina, March 29, 1937) is a former Democratic member of the North Carolina General Assembly. A resident of Reidsville, North Carolina, he represented the state's sixty-fifth House district, which includes constituents in Rockingham County, for eight terms.
A graduate of the University of South Carolina (1962), Cole worked as a manager for Ford Motor Company until becoming an auto dealer in 1980. Cole has been active on transportation-related issues, sponsoring a bicycle safety law and being a member of several national transportation groups - the State Automotive Enthusiast Leadership Council and the National Conference of State Legislatures standing committee on transportation. As of the 2009-2010 session, he was the co-chairman of the legislature's Joint Legislative Transportation Oversight Committee.
Cole was defeated for re-election to his House seat by conservative independent candidate Bert Jones on November 2, 2010. In the 2012 election, Cole is running to attempt a comeback and return to his former seat.
- http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=10265 VoteSmart bio page on Cole
- http://www.sema.org/sema-news/2010/05/state-automotive-enthusiast-leadership-caucus SAELC membership list 2010
- http://www.ncsl.org/default.aspx?TabID=773&tabs=855,30,666 membership list of Transportation committee of NCSL
- http://www.newsobserver.com/2010/02/24/355059/hush-and-drive-ban-debated-in.html NewsObserver.com, Hush and drive ban debated in Chapel Hill, Feb. 24, 2010
- State Board of Elections: 2010 general election results
- Veteran challenges incumbent for N.C. House seat
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