All this month at Locke, we’re focusing on emerging leaders in North Carolina. Our special Shaftesbury Society series “Thoughts & Thinkers” has been delightful to host. This week we featured a conversation with Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson, Labor Commissioner Josh Dobson, and Superintendent of Public Instruction Catherine Truitt. Below are some of the moments I particularly enjoyed while getting to know Lt. Gov. Robinson.

First up, Robinson didn’t mince words when asked about Gov. Roy Cooper’s long-term continuation of an official state of emergency. Click below to WATCH.

Now that Lt. Gov. Robinson has been in office for roughly six months, I was curious what he views as a key accomplishment. He cited his work to ferret out and deal with ideological indoctrination in our public schools. You can find more about his F.A.C.T.S. task force here. Locke’s Terry Stoops is a member. Click below to WATCH Lt. Gov. Robinson talk about the effort and what they’ve found so far.

Lt. Gov. Robinson’s path to statewide office hasn’t been traditional. I asked him about advice he has for other people who are thinking about running for elective office. He said it’s vital that people think hard about why they want to run. Click below to WATCH.

I hope you enjoyed getting to know Lt. Gov. Robinson better. I certainly did, and I also had a great time talking with Labor Commissioner Josh Dobson and Superintendent of Public Instruction Catherine Truitt. I encourage you to watch the entire forum featuring these three emerging state leaders.