Cecelia D. Surratt is a North Carolina native. Mrs. Surratt was born and raised in Caldwell County and she has called Morganton, North Carolina home for over 35 years. Cecelia Surratt celebrates over 30 years of marriage to Johnny L. Surratt Sr. She is the proud mother to four adult children who have served in the United States military, public education, and law enforcement. Mrs. Surratt’s most coveted role is that of grandmother to eleven grandchildren.
Cecelia Surratt worked as a state employee at what is now called the J. Iverson Riddle Institute in Morganton, NC before retiring with approximately 30 years of service. Cecelia Surratt is an active member of her community as she serves on a variety of committees and boards such as the Burke Women's Foundation, Burke Historic Foundation, Partnership for Change, as well as the Judicial and School Partnership Committee. She was an Elder and Trustee for 12 years at Horizon Church. Mrs. Surratt served on the Human Relations Committee for the City of Morganton for five years of which the last two years she chaired. She currently serves as a member of the State Executive Committee of North Carolina for the Democratic Party since 2015. In 2018, she was appointed to the NC Commission on Inclusion Committee for Governor Roy Cooper where she continues to serve.
While serving on a variety of committees, Cecelia Surratt noticed a lack of diversity in leadership positions across Burke County. She strongly believes that in order to have a strong and progressive community you must have an inclusive community where everyone has the opportunity to live, work and play. Mrs. Surratt founded a non-profit organization called Select 2000 which assists businesses and organizations in finding underrepresented yet highly qualified candidates to increase workplace diversity.
Currently, Cecelia Surratt is running for the House of Representatives in District #86 Burke County.