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Your 2024 Candidates

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President

Joe Biden
Vice President: Kamala Harris

I know America. I know we're good and decent people. I know we're still a country that believes in honesty and respect, and treating each other with dignity. That we're a nation where we give hate no safe harbor. We believe that everyone is equal, that everyone should be given a fair shot to succeed in this country. Every generation of Americans have faced a moment when they have to defend democracy. Stand up for our personal freedom. Stand up for the right to vote and our civil rights. And this is our moment.

House of Representatives District 04

Valerie Foushee

Valerie Foushee was born and raised in Orange County. Her parents taught her about the importance of hard work, community, service to your neighbors, and education. Over the past two decades, Valerie has
gone from serving on the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School Board, to being the first African American female elected to the Orange County Board of Commissioners, to serving in the North Carolina state House and Senate. In Congress, Valerie will be a champion for working families, a leader to reform our criminal justice system and tackle systemic racism, and a fighter to protect our environment and address climate change.

House of Representatives District 09

Nigel Bristow

Nigel Bristow is a proud public servant who has spent his career serving the public and keeping his community safe. In 2010, Nigel retired from the New York City Police Department as a detective after twenty years of dedicated service. In 2011, he relocated to North Carolina to live on land once owned by his great-grandfather. In Congress, Nigel will be a voice for the people and will work to address the issues that affect their daily lives, including: affordable health care, protection from increasing gun violence, and the ability to earn a living wage.

Governor

Josh Stein

I love North Carolina. I believe in the promise of this state that if you work hard, where you come from should not limit how far you can go. I am running for Governor to deliver on that promise by investing in our people and their futures and building a state with a thriving economy, safe communities, and strong schools.

Lieutenant Governor

Rachel Hunt

As the proud daughter of the education Governor, Jim Hunt; and a public school teacher, Carolyn Hunt, I was raised here in North Carolina. I love this state, but MAGA politicians in Raleigh are trying to move it backward. From their attempts to bankrupt our public schools and send our taxpayer dollars to unproven and unaccountable private schools, to their assault on reproductive freedom, the people of North Carolina deserve better and that's why I'm running.

Attorney General

Jeff Jackson

The Attorney General’s job is to stand up for the people of North Carolina. The AG sets the standard of enforcement and goes after
anyone who illegally takes advantage of people, whether that’s a
company that’s polluting the water, scammers that target seniors, or
predatory lenders stealing from students just trying to pay for college.
My experience as a veteran, assistant district attorney, and legislator
has prepared me to be a highly effective Attorney General.


 

Auditor

Jessica Holmes

Jessica Holmes earned a bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill and a J.D. from the UNC School of Law. Her career experience includes working as an attorney and as deputy industrial commissioner in North Carolina. Holmes was elected to two terms on the Wake County Commissioners, where she served as chair. Holmes became a board member and was chair of the North Carolina Foundation for Public School Children. Gov. Roy Cooper appointed former Wake County Commissioner Jessica Holmes to replace State Auditor Beth Wood and serve the remainder of her term, through the end of 2024.

Commissioner of Agriculture

Sarah Taber

Dr. Taber’s roots in agriculture run deep. Born to a military family, she helped operate her family’s small holdings and took field and factory jobs to pay for school. She knows that romanticizing about farms does not
put food on the table. Agriculture must provide a viable livelihood. Sarah has spent her career bringing new people into agriculture and helping farm businesses grow. Now, she's on a mission to help North Carolina
put our countryside to work and grow our economy as our next Commissioner of Agriculture.

Commissioner of Insurance

Natasha Marcus

North Carolinians need affordable, reliable insurance. The Insurance Commissioner should be someone who advocates for the people. The Republican incumbent is an insurance industry insider and has not put the people's needs first. I'll do a better job in this role and on the Council of State because I will always look out for the people, keeping insurance rates low, making sure valid claims are paid, and rooting out bad actors and fraud.

 

Commissioner of Labor

Braxton Winston II

Braxton Winston is  running to be North Carolina's next Commissioner of Labor to make North Carolina the Number 1 state for business and workers. He previously served as an At-Large member and Mayor Pro Tem of Charlotte City Council with a goal of developing a city that is more equitable, accessible, and interconnected. As Commissioner of Labor, he will work to ensure that: employers provide a safe environment, employees are paid fairly, and our workforce is fully staffed to ensure public safety.

Secretary of State

Elaine Marshall

In 1996, Elaine Marshall became the first woman elected to a statewide executive branch office in North Carolina. She has received national recognitions for modernizing the Secretary of State’s office by introducing up to date technology and reducing red tape. Since taking office, Elaine has cut the costs of doing business in North Carolina—helping small businesses create jobs and enabling free enterprise and capital formation. She has led the effort to reform North Carolina’s lobbying laws. Elaine remains committed to making public information transparent and accessible to businesses, investors and individuals. Her efforts have helped make North Carolina one of the most affordable places in the United States to do business.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

Maurice (Mo) Green

Mo Green has been a champion for public education throughout his career, serving as a school district superintendent, a chief executive for a large foundation that awards grants to support public education, and a
school board attorney. Message From Mo: I am running because I am concerned that the North Carolina public school system is being dismantled and I want to be part of the solution to stop that dismantlement and to enhance and celebrate the performance of the North Carolina public school system.

NC Treasurer

Wesley Harris

I am running because we need a Treasurer who understands the importance of investing in our communities and ensuring opportunity is available to everyone. Our state employees need someone who will advocate for them to have a strong retirement. North Carolina needs someone who will be a champion for investing our tax money in our communities to create opportunity and prosperity in every corner of this state.

Senate District 20

Natalie Murdock

I have been a public servant my entire life. I ran for NC Senate because I believed that I would provide a much needed fresh voice in the General Assembly. It’s time to elect leaders who don’t serve themselves, but the people. I ran to continue to serve ALL people.

House District 054

Robert Reives

I want every person in North Carolina to have the same opportunities I had. I’m running for re-election to continue my strong track record of leadership and advocacy for working-class North Carolinians, strong
public education, and protections for women, people of color, and the LGBTQ community.

Supreme Court Associate Justice Seat 06

Allison Riggs

Allison Riggs was appointed to the Supreme Court by Governor Roy Cooper. She previously served as a judge on the Court of Appeals. Prior to the bench, Riggs was the Co-Executive Director and Chief Counsel for Voting Rights at the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, as well as a Staff Attorney and Senior Staff Attorney. Riggs is a civil rights litigator and community lawyer who has served as lead counsel in numerous voting rights cases, including twice arguing before the United States Supreme Court. Riggs received her Bachelor’s Degree, Master's Degree, and Juris Doctor from the University of Florida.

Appeals Judge Seat 12

Carolyn Jennings Thompson

True justice is independent of party affiliation, divisive ideologies, and social differences. I have taken and believe in the oath to consistently uphold our laws and Constitution and will continue to do so for this seat
which belongs to the North Carolina citizens.

Appeals Judge Seat 14

Ed Eldred

I have spent my career advocating for the people that most often come before the Court of Appeals. We need someone on the Court who understands and appreciates that each case is unique and that the Court’s opinions have real-world impacts on our communities.

Appeals Judge Seat 15

Martin E. Moore

My commitment to fair and just outcomes for everyone who is navigating our court systems in North Carolina. We need judges who understand the people of North Carolina and are committed to equal justice for all.

District Court Judge District 18 Seat 02

Samantha Cabe

Judge Cabe received her law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law in 2002. After graduating from law school, Judge Cabe entered into private practice, maintaining a general litigation law practice. She was elected to the bench in 2016, bringing her broad experience, commitment to community, and dedication to justice and equality to serve the people of Chatham and Orange counties.

District Court Judge District 18 Seat 03

Hathaway S. Pendergrass

I have served as a District Court Judge for Chatham and Orange Counties since July 2020. Prior to serving on the bench, I practiced for eight years at Epting and Hackney in Chapel Hill focusing on civil litigation and criminal defense. The opportunity to serve this wonderful community that raised me and has given me so much. Every day I work to bring Justice with Dignity to the courtroom.Three pressing issues facing our court system, include: 1) Access to mental health and substance use care, resources, and treatment. 2) Impact of poverty on our children, adults, and families. 3) Intersection of children and firearms.

District Court Judge District 18 Seat 04

Sherri Murrell

Judge Murrell has made a life of public service. She recognizes that justice depends not just on the inherent fairness of the laws that govern a society, but also on the abilities and principles of the judges who hear and settle disputes under the law. They must do this fairly, consistently, and with the ability to set aside their personal biases and preferences. She understands that judges are public servants and are obliged to serve
respectfully, preside with integrity, and make rulings with humility.

District Court Judge District 18 Seat 05

Joal Hall Broun

I approach the position of judgeship as I have approached my professional career and other community involvement with a deep commitment to public service. I believe that a courtroom must be a place where every participant is treated with respect and dignity. The law must be applied with consistency so that there is equitable and fair treatment to all.

Board of Commissioners District 01

Karen Howard

I have enjoyed serving the community in this role and want to continue to advocate for all of Chatham at the local, regional, and state levels. As a former attorney, Board of Education member and having served as a Chatham County Commissioner for over 10 years, I bring a strong voice and years of experience advocating for, defending, and championing the needs of our community. My deep love and respect for our natural environment and my passionate support of public education undergird the work I do to protect and preserve the quality of life in Chatham while managing growth with care, planning and foresight.

Board of Commissioners District 02

Amanda Robertson

Preserving Chatham's "rural character" is a priority for most Chathamites, as it is for me.  While development is expanding, we also must preserve and increase farmlands, prairies and tree cover in order to decrease levels of CO2 in the air, and we must protect clean water for all of us and the beautiful habitat around us. All of these reasons and many others are so important - critical - right now. We must act and can't delay or the opportunity to make a difference – for the future and for all our children – will have passed. That's why I am running to serve in Chatham County as a commissioner.

Register of Deeds

Lunday A. Riggsbee

Lunday Riggsbee has been the Chatham County Register of Deeds since 2014. Lunday is an attorney and began practicing law in 1984. She opened her own practice in 1986, eventually focusing on real estate law.
Over the past 10 years, Lunday has worked to modernize the Register of Deeds Office by implementing innovations such as e-recording which allows documents to be recorded electronically and a system that allows Chatham County staff to locate birth certificates for people both in other counties.

School Board (non-partisan)
The Chatham County Democratic Party recommends these candidates

District 1

Ana Carlson

I’m the daughter of a public school teacher, and attended public schools throughout my learning years. I’m a mother and an advocate for equity for all students. I have a desire to improve the school experience for all learners and educators. The most important issues facing our community, state, and nation are: ’Othering’ to the point of extreme division; the distractions of focusing on attempts to turn personal beliefs into public laws; moving away from evidence-based decision-making.

District 2

David Hamm

I have served on the Chatham County Board of Education since 2008. Before I retired, I served my entire career with Chatham County Schools (CSS) as a first-grade teacher, coach, assistant principal, and principal. I have worked across the county from Bonlee to Siler City to Pittsboro. Knowing the history of CCS, helps in understanding what direction the school system needs to go. Having lived in various parts of the county gives me a deeper understanding of its people and their diverse perspectives.

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