In this season of Thanksgiving and Hope, we have much to be thankful for and even though at times things seem bleak, there are many reasons to have hope for our future in North Carolina and in our Country.
It is true that we certainly had many disappointments and setbacks in 2017, but as Democrats and fighters for justice and equality, let’s not waste energy re-visiting the setbacks, but rather focus on our victories and our opportunities in 2018 and beyond.
In North Carolina in 2017, Roy Cooper was sworn in as our Governor, Josh Stein as our Attorney General, Judge Mike Morgan our NC Supreme Court Justice, Elaine Marshall continued as our Secretary of State and Beth Woods as our NC Auditor. We gained Democratic seats in the House and Senate, although not enough to sustain Governor Cooper’s veto. Governor Cooper appointed two open Lesbians to the General Assembly, who were elected at their District levels, Representative Deb Butler (District 18 – Brunswick, New Hanover) and Marcia Morey (District 30 – Durham) and he issued an Executive Order barring discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
In the November 2017 elections, we celebrated Democratic Victories across our state, including the election of a record breaking number of openly LGBTQ Democratic candidates (LaWana Mayfield, Charlotte City Council District 3, Robert Kellogg, Gastonia City Council Ward 1, Jane Campbell, Davidson County City Council, Michelle Kennedy, Greensboro City Council At-Large, Karen Stegman, Chapel Hill Town Council, Tamara Sheffield, Salisbury City Council, Jerry Windle Morrisville City Council District 2 and Lydia Lavelle, re-elected as Mayor of Carrboro) and Allies in municipal races, including Vi Lyles, the first African American Woman to be elected as the Mayor of Charlotte. Continue reading