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Rep. Barnes Will Run For Senate PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 13 December 2019 11:29
Rep. Lisa Stone Barnes, R-Nash will run for the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Rick Horner, R-Nash. The district also includes northern Johnston county.  Johnston County Commissioner Patrick Harris, a Republican, is already running, along with former Democratic Sen. Allen Wellons of Smithfield.
Barnes said she views a move to the Senate as "an opportunity to better serve the diverse and growing communities in central North Carolina." 
State's First Open Transgender Candidate Files For Senate 18 Seat PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 09 December 2019 11:19
Angela Bridgman is a Democrat and the first openly transgender person to run for the state legislature. Bridgman is running for Senate District 18.  The district includes all of Franklin County and much of eastern Wake County, including Wake Forest, Wendell, Zebulon, Knightdale and Rolesville. 
"If I was going to be elected, and if I was running solely on the issue of LGBT equality, then I'm running on the wrong reasons because less than 1 percent of what I have to do in the state legislature would have anything to do with those issues," Bridgman, who lives near Wendell told the Wake Weekly.
Bridgman's legislative priorities are  giving local governments in rural areas the power to build local broadband internet connections, preventing private schools from receiving state tax funds if they discriminate against students with disabilities, and installing a nonpartisan citizens committee to oversee redistricting and end gerrymandering
Sarah Crawford, a director of a local nonprofit, is also running for the Senate District 18 Democrat nomination.
Governor Cooper Files For A Second Term PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 05 December 2019 14:54
Governor Roy Cooper filed his notice of candidacy and made official his 2020 re-election campaign, he issued the following statement:
“As Governor, my team and I have fought tooth and nail for better pay for teachers and other educators instead of sweeping corporate tax cuts. We’ve engineered overwhelming success in recruiting jobs and growing businesses. I’ve vetoed bad Republican budgets that valued corporate tax cuts over investments in education, clean water and better health care and I’ve vetoed extreme right-wing social legislation that’s wrong for our people and our economy. We’ve worked hard and gotten results, but there’s more to do. I’m asking the people for a second term to complete our mission of a better educated, healthier and more prosperous North Carolina.”
Roy Cooper for North Carolina is outlining some of the meaningful ways in which the Cooper Administration has moved the ball forward in NC:
Governor Cooper has recruited and announced tens of thousands of new jobs across North Carolina. A large number of these projects are located in rural and economically-distressed counties.
Governor Cooper remains committed to helping every North Carolinian find a good-paying job and has created initiatives such as NC Job Ready, Finish Line Grants, and Hometown Strong. That’s why Forbes ranked North Carolina the #1 Best State for Business in 2018.
Governor Cooper worked with members of both parties to repeal HB2 to fight discrimination and repair the damage to North Carolina’s economy and reputation. His leadership put North Carolina back on a path to success and opened the door for thousands of new jobs and the return of concerts, shows, and major athletic events such as the NBA All-Star Game. 
Governor Cooper has demonstrated his commitment to supporting North Carolina’s workforce and ensuring equal opportunity for all. Cooper has issued Executive Orders to prohibit workplace discrimination and extend workplace protections for state employees.
Governor Cooper signed an Executive Order to establish paid parental leave for 56,000 state employees because no one should have to choose between their career and their child. Now our universities, community colleges and other independent agencies have followed his lead.
Governor Cooper launched a Clean Energy Plan to create good-paying jobs, increase the use of renewable energy, and fight climate change.
Governor Cooper has fought hard for our teachers and has pushed the Republican legislature to go much further than it wanted to go resulting in a 9.5% teacher raise since he took office and an improvement in the national rankings. He knows that we need to do much more to make sure we attract and retain the best teachers. 
Governor Cooper has fought for investments in early childhood education by expanding pre-kindergarten programs. Today, thousands of additional children are able to attend pre-k for the first time.
Governor Cooper fought to re-establish the Teaching Fellows Program to recruit and support highly qualified teachers in North Carolina.
Governor Cooper has fought for a school construction bond to invest in repairs and construction for aging schools across the state without cutting resources from other vital programs and services.
Governor Cooper has worked across party lines to combat the opioid crisis in North Carolina. Cooper launched the state’s first Opioid Action Plan in 2017 and, as a result, opioid prescriptions have dropped by 24 percent, emergency room visits for opioid misuse have declined by 10 percent, and opioid related deaths have decreased by 5 percent. Cooper also serves on President Trump’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.
Governor Cooper has fought for Medicaid expansion that would extend coverage to half a million people, including families and veterans, without additional state tax dollars. Medicaid expansion would bring tens of thousands of jobs to North Carolina, reduce the cost of private health insurance and keep rural hospitals open.
Governor Cooper has been a champion for choice throughout his career and also fought against abortion restrictions as Attorney General and as a State Senator. He vetoed a measure that would have criminalized doctors and interfered between women and their doctors.
Governor Cooper issued an Executive Order to make North Carolina the first state in the south to ban state funding to any organization that engages in conversion therapy, a scientifically dubious and dangerous practice that is harmful to the LGBTQ community. 
Governor Cooper has led our state through devastating hurricanes and floods, saving lives and helping to invest more than $3.2 billion in recovery to rebuild our state stronger and smarter.
Governor Cooper has built the most diverse and qualified cabinet in the history of North Carolina.
Governor Cooper’s administration launched an Early Childhood Action Plan because he understands the importance of building the foundation for future learning, health and well-being during early childhood. As a result, North Carolina’s infant mortality rate has fallen to its lowest rate in 31 years.
Last Updated on Thursday, 05 December 2019 14:56
Sykes Files For Secretary Of State PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 05 December 2019 11:17
E.C. Sykes filed with the North Carolina Board of Elections to run for North Carolina Secretary of State in the 2020 election.
“This is a big day for our campaign, but we also know how much work there is left to do. Our state needs someone in the Secretary’s office who has the experience and vision necessary to affect positive change in North Carolina—improving the business environment, implementing more transparency, better customer service, eliminating waste, limiting the size and scope of the government,” said Sykes. “Our campaign is ready to take action on all of these issues on day one. North Carolina deserves better; we deserve a Secretary who isn’t satisfied with the status quo. I look forward to continuing to meet voters across the state and share with them our vision for North Carolina and the values that serve as our campaign’s foundation.”
Since launching his campaign, E.C. Sykes has received an outpouring of grassroots support and has spent almost every day traveling across North Carolina to take his message directly to the voters. Last month, the campaign announced that State Senator Buck Newton would serve as the campaign’s Chairman. On November 20th, the campaign rolled out its state leadership team of 21 individuals which continues to grow every day.
The Sykes campaign has also placed an emphasis on fundraising, knowing that in order to win the general election, it will take a combination of being well-funded and having significant grassroots support. In the very first week after launching his campaign, E.C. Sykes raised more than the last five Republican nominees did over the course of their entire campaigns.

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