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North Carolina League of Conservation Voters Announces Endorsements PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 11 February 2020 17:41

The North Carolina League of Conservation Voters (NCLCV) Conservation PAC (CPAC) weighed in with endorsements for 11 state House and Senate candidates in Democratic primaries across the state.

Six of the endorsees are incumbents who have maintained strong records in NCLCV’s annual environmental scorecard, four are newcomers CPAC endorsed in previous campaigns, and the other is the leader of an allied environmental organization whose candidacy impressed CPAC’s board.

Endorsed Candidate



Brian Farkas+

House District 9


Marcia Morgan+

House District 19

Brunswick, New Hanover

Jean Farmer-Butterfield*

House District 24


Rosa Gill*

House District 33


Verla Insko*

House District 56


Ray Russell*

House District 93

Ashe, Watauga

Becky Carney*

House District 102


Tess Judge+

Senate District 1

Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell, Washington

Sarah Crawford+

Senate District 18

Franklin, Wake

Mujtaba Mohammed*

Senate District 38


Julie Mayfield

Senate District 49


* incumbent
+ previously endorsed newcomer

In 2016, NCLCV was instrumental in electing Roy Cooper governor, and in 2018, helped multiply the environmental champions who have successfully sustained his vetoes of Jones Street’s pro-polluter policies. This year, the organization has already endorsed Cooper for re-election, and is working to make their legislative Green Caucus a majority, to strengthen Cooper’s ability to advance a positive, pro-conservation, pro-clean energy agenda.

“2020 is our best opportunity to put our state on a path that will once again protect people instead of polluters,” said Carrie Clark, NCLCV executive director. “We are confident these candidates will be leaders in solving the climate crisis, establishing Clean Energy for All, and saving North Carolinians from the threat of GenX, coal ash, and hog waste contamination.”

CPAC makes endorsement decisions based on the environmental voting and leadership record of incumbent legislators and governors, issue questionnaires sent to candidates, and other background information.

Equality North Carolina Releases First Round Of 2020 Endorsements PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 07 February 2020 10:08
Equality North Carolina released the first round of their 2020 endorsements for political races across the state of North Carolina. This first batch of endorsements includes the North Carolina General Assembly, Council of State and select races for US Congress. 
This morning, Kendra R. Johnson, Executive Director of Equality North Carolina, released the following statement:
“With the massive number of races on the ballot in 2020, we have a crucial opportunity for North Carolinians to elect pro-equality legislators and change the course of history for this state -- and America. We are living in dire and terrifying times for some of our community’s most vulnerable members -- particularly trans and gender-nonconforming people of color and other individuals living at the margins. These voters deserve leaders committed to creating a more equitable and safer world for them to live, work and raise families. We believe the politicians that we’ve endorsed are the most well-equipped to help build that world, change the dangerous trajectory that this country is currently heading towards, and create a better North Carolina for us all.”


NC Senate

Harper Peterson (9)

Wiley Nickel (16)
Angela Bridgman (18)
Sarah Crawford (18)
Kirk deViere (19)
Gray Ellis (20)
Natalie S. Murdock (20)
Pierce Freelon (20)
Mike Woodard (22)
Wally White (30)
Jose Santiago (35)
Mujtaba Mohammed (38)
Natasha Marcus (41)
Julie Mayfield (49)
NC House
Brian Farkas (9)
Allison Dahle (11)
Deb Butler (18)
Vernetta Alston (29)
Marcia Morey (30)
Grier Martin (34)
Julie von Haefen (36)
Sydney Batch (37)
Joe John (40)
Gale Adcock (41)
Cynthia Ball (49)
Graig Meyer (50)
Lowell Simon (52)
Robert T. Reives, II (54)
Verla Insko (56)
Ashton Clemmons (57)
Nicole Quick (59)
Ricky Hurtado (63)
Dan Besse (74)
Al Heggins (76)
Aimy Steele (82)
Mary G. Belk (88)
Terry Brown (92)
Ray Russell (93)
Christy Clark (98)
Nasif Majeed (99)
Carolyn Logan (101)
Becky Carney (102)
Rachel Hunt (103)
Wesley Harris (105)
US Senate
Erica Smith
US House
Scott Huffman
David Wilson Brown
Roy Cooper
Attorney General
Josh Stein
Commissioner of Insurance
Wayne Goodwin
Commissioner of Labor
Jessica Holmes
Equality NC is dedicated to securing equal rights and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) North Carolinians. www.equalitync.org
Last Updated on Friday, 07 February 2020 10:27
North Carolina Democratic Party Makes Key Staff Hires PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 07 February 2020 10:00
The North Carolina Democratic Party today announced new staff hires as the party expands ahead of the 2020 election cycle.With competitive races deciding control of the White House, the U.S. Senate, the Governor’s mansion, and the state legislature on the ballot; 2020 will be a battleground year for North Carolina. 
“Democrats in North Carolina are looking forward to incredible wins this November and our team is ready to hit the ground running to make that happen,” NCDP Chairman, Wayne Goodwin said.
“The party is very excited to be welcoming so many talented staff members,” NCDP Executive Director, Meredith Cuomo said. “As we head into one of the most important elections of our lifetime, our talented team will be able to put our party, and our individual candidates, in the best possible position to win this November.” 
The following staff have been hired ahead of the 2020 cycle: 
Carson Pfingston - Voter Registration Director
Carson Pfingston joins the NCDP team from the League of Conservation Voters where he served as the Director of Campaign Operations. He has also served in organizing positions since 2007, including serving as Campaign Manager and Field Director with various Democratic campaigns. This cycle, Carson will manage the party’s statewide voter registration efforts. 
Seth Morris - Voter Protection Director 
Seth Morris rejoins the NCDP team after spending time as a Legal Fellow at UNC Chapel Hill. In 2018, Morris served as NCDP’s Voter Protection Director as part of the party’s historic “Break the Majority” partnership with Governor Roy Cooper, which broke the Republican legislative supermajorities in both chambers. Seth holds a juris doctorate from the University of North Carolina School of Law, and will head the party’s expansive voter protection program to ensure every vote counts. 
Ian Shannon - Finance Director 
Ian Shannon joins the NCDP team from the Office of Senator Jay Chaudhuri (SD-15) where he served as a Legislative Assistant. In 2018, he managed Sen. Natasha Marcus’s race for State Senate, defeating three-term Republican incumbent Jeff Tarte. This cycle, Ian will manage the Party’s fundraising efforts. 
Lorenzo Pedro - Political Director
Lorenzo Pedro joins NCDP after most recently working as a Legislative Assistant in the office of Senator Kirk deViere (SD-19) and as the Deputy Finance Director for the Senate Democratic Caucus. Lorenzo serves as an Advisor on the Governor's Advisory Council on Hispanic & Latino Affairs. This cycle, Lorenzo will manage the party’s efforts to connect with local stakeholders, leaders, opinion makers and elected officials. 
Shawntay Anthony - Minority Affairs & Organizing Director
Shawntay Anthony, a Union County native, most recently served as Dan McCready’s Director of Community Engagement during the 2019 Ninth Congressional District Special Election. Previously, Shawntay has worked with progressive firms with a focus on organizing, and in other roles with various corporations and organizations. As Minority Affairs Director, she will focus on promoting diversity and inclusion in the party’s organizing efforts and making lasting connections with minority communities across the state. 
Brigid Godfrey - Deputy Communications Director
Brigid Godfrey joins the NCDP team from Virginia where she worked with the Virginia House Democratic Caucus, helping to flip the House of Delegates for the first time in two decades. She has previously worked as an organizer on races in Maryland, Virginia and California. Brigid will focus on highlighting the work of the party, in addition to supporting Democratic legislative candidates across the state. 
Last Updated on Friday, 07 February 2020 10:02
Governor Cooper Reports $8.2 Million Cash On-Hand PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 07 February 2020 09:56

Cooper for North Carolina announcied it raised nearly $4 million in the second half of 2019, which puts the campaign at more than $8.2 million in cash-on-hand. In 2019, Cooper for North Carolina raised $8.5 million, the most any candidate for governor in the state has raised in the year before the election.

The campaign reported:

·  90% of donors are from North Carolina;

·  More than three-quarters of contributions were $100 or less;

·  Contributors from all 100 counties.


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