We have endorsed two additional young, progressive candidates in North Carolina:
- Jamal Fox (Greensboro, NC) is running for another term on Greensboro's City Council
- Jillian Johnson (Durham, NC) is running for Durham City Council
Jamal Fox is a former North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University Political Science Adjunct Professor, as well as a community advocate, youth mentor, and political leader. In November 2013, he was elected to represent District 2 in the Greensboro City Council, and became the youngest person ever elected to office in the city.
Jillian Johnson is a long-time community organizer and activist. She is currently the Director of Operations for the Southern Vision Alliance, a NC-based grassroots nonprofit that works with youth across the state on leadership development and civic engagement. She is active in the labor movement and was one of nearly 1,000 people arrested in 2013 as part of North Carolina's Moral Monday movement. She lives in Durham’s West End neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
“I am honored to have earned the support of LaunchProgress and look forward to continuing to address my community’s problems with outside the box thinking,” said Jamal Fox, who is running for re-election to Greensboro's City Council in 2015. "I believe in building a community that truly works for all citizens where you can live, work, and invest in. With this support I will continue working to assist my community in meeting the mission to achieve economic wealth and developing opportunities that empower our community. ”
“I'm running for city council because I believe a Durham for All is necessary and possible. As an elected official, I will bring diverse voices to the table and work with Durham's communities to create just and fair public policy," said Jillian Johnson, candidate for Durham City Council in 2015. I'm thrilled to receive the endorsement of LaunchProgress and to work with other progressive young people in North Carolina and around the country to build a better future for us all."
In 2014, our first election cycle, we endorsed ten candidates running for state legislative seats in Ohio, Michigan, and North Carolina. With nine candidates facing November 2014 elections, we won five races, or 56% of our campaigns. Of the five successful candidates, three women, three people of color, and one openly gay candidate were elected to office. All were first time candidates.