We're so excited to announce our 2018 endorsed North Carolina candidates! These 10 young progressives are going to turn the Tar Heel State Around.
This is the year North Carolina goes blue. Our 10 endorsed candidates are running on their values and fighting hard for public education, environmental justice, and health care for all. Among our endorsed class, we have an elementary school principal, a public defender, a veteran, and an environmental organizer. We have folks running in the cities of Charlotte and Raleigh, and in small towns along the North Carolina Coast. What they all have in common is that they're working hard for a better future for their community and state. Our 2018 endorsed North Carolina class:
Antoine Marshall for State House: Antoine is a former legal aid attorney who knows that bad policy hurts marginalized people the most. He's running for the North Carolina General Assembly to allow municipalities to build more affordable housing and change laws to end gerrymandering.
Ashton Clemmons for State House: Ashton is a former public school teacher, principal, and current assistant superintendent. Unsurprisingly, her platform is focused on investing in North Carolina's public education system and providing opportunities for all children to learn and grow.
Chaz Beasley for State House: Raised by a single mother in rural North Carolina, Chaz knows the importance of a strong social safety net. Chaz has been a progressive champion, fighting for environmental justice, police accountability, and financial literacy. He's running in a competitive district that includes parts of Charlotte.
D. Cole Phelps for State Senate: Attorney Cole Phelps has seen the General Assembly ignore the needs of rural residents. He's running for State Senate in Northeastern North Carolina, focusing on investment in public schools, rural broadband and telecom infrastructure, and ending the opioid crisis.
Da'Quan Love for State House: A longtime advocate and lifetime member of the NAACP, Da'Quan is running for General Assembly on a platform of four E's: education, economic development, environment, and equality. A dynamic, energetic leader, Da'Quan will bring a fresh voice for Eastern North Carolina to the General Assembly.
Erica McAdoo for State House: Erica is running to represent Alamance County in the General Assembly, fighting for public schools, the Medicaid expansion, and an increased minimum wage. Erica's seat is one of the top Democratic pickup opportunities in the state, and we're excited to help her win.
Kristen Powers for Alamance County Commission: A recent graduate, Kristen has spent several years working as a racial justice organizer and is now running for County Commission to increase accessibility, fight for a living wage, and combat hate in Alamance County.
Luis Toledo for State Senate: A U.S. Air Force veteran, Luis is running for state senate to expand Medicaid, end gerrymandering, and make it easier for North Carolinians to vote. Luis would be the first Hispanic member of the North Carolina General Assembly.
Matt Calabria for Wake County Commission: As a Wake County Commissioner, Matt has fought for school meals to combat childhood hunger, a higher minimum wage, and provide services for returning citizens. We know that Matt will continue to stand strong for our progressive values.
Mujtaba Mohammed for State Senate: A public defender and former children's rights attorney, Mujtaba is fighting for a government that works for all. That includes ending cash bail, eliminating contracts with private prisons, and bringing back the Earned Income Tax Credit.