Pam grew up like many of us, straddling the line between poverty and making ends meet. She has known both joy and heartbreak. And maybe because of her experiences with both, Pam devotes herself to helping better the lives of others. She’s a registered nurse, mother of two children, wife of 28+ years, fierce crusader for people’s rights, and a passionate advocate in suicide prevention.
“The people in our district deserve a voice that can truly speak for everyone living here. We need someone who’ll stand up and fight for things that’ll impact all of us.”
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helping neighbors, working hard
Pam Genant grew up in Waldoboro, Maine, which bumps up against the Atlantic Ocean. So Pam’s childhood intertwined with the ocean. Her dad, Wayne Soule, was a fisherman, and her mom, Margarite (“Maggie”), a nursing assistant (CNA). There were three kids – Pam and her two brothers, Jeff and Dwayne. Money was tight – more than tight. But with fish from the ocean and mom’s annual vegetable garden, they got by.
“I loved riding in the boat with my dad when he went clamming. Early morning, the saltwater spray, the quiet. I would just snuggle up and sleep in the boat while he worked. I miss my dad,” says Pam.
Wayne was a quiet man who kept things to himself. He and his twin brother served in Vietnam and while he never talked about it, he felt great guilt when his brother was killed in combat. In 1996, only 1 year and 4 months after his bride, Maggie, died in a car accident, Wayne died by suicide.
Pam graduated with honors from Husson College with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and, like her dad and two brothers, she joined the U.S. Army in 1991. The military took her away from Maine and deployed her as a nurse at Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, during Operation Desert Storm. Pam served three years in active duty and more than four years in the reserves.
While serving in the Army, Pam met and married her husband, Jackson Genant, who is now a family physician in Burke County. The couple have two grown sons, Dallen and Phillip.
standing up for the powerless
In 1998, the Genants settled in Valdese, North Carolina. Pam homeschooled both Dallen and Phillip through their high school graduation.
Pam has built countless life-long connections throughout her community. She’s active in Moms Rising, NAACP of Burke County, Morganton Humanists, America Legion Local Post 322, American Legion Auxiliary, National Organization of Women (NOW), and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. She has held many leadership positions in several of these groups.
challenging those in power
In the pivotal 2016 election year, Pam became active in the Burke County Democratic Party. Staring at the very real threat of an unstable Commander in Chief, she looked at her sons and the sons of Burke County and decided to act.
“I couldn’t sit by and do nothing. I mean, as a parent, my boys were selective service age, and we had a crazy man in charge. I was trying to ease their fears and be a good example and see if I could make a difference, even if it was just a small one.”
And she has.
Pam’s focused work ethic, rock-steady leadership, and proactive energy has helped Burke County, a rural and Republican stronghold, increase its number of Democratic organized precincts from ‘12 to ‘20 Even more amazing, she has increased the county party’s war chest – year after year – by raising more than $35,000 annually. No other county Democratic Party does that in rural North Carolina.