2020 Primary Peek: Lieutenant Governor

This is the fourth in a series of posts encouraging people to look closely at those races which don’t get the attention afforded to Presidential, US Senate, or NC Governor elections.

We aren’t endorsing or promoting any candidate, but instead want you to be aware of contests which will be on the March 3rd Democratic Primary Ballot (Early Voting Starting February 13th). Our hope is that by becoming more familiar with the candidates, you can make an informed decision about who should be our nominee and move forward to compete in the November General Election.

Brief information is provided for each candidate: name, photo, brief current or former positions (up to 2 most relevant), website, and Facebook links. Explore each of the candidates and decide who you feel is the most qualified for this position. Candidates are listed in the order they appear on the ballot.

What is the role of the Lieutenant Governor?
The Lieutenant Governor of the state is much like the Vice President nationally, except the Governor and Lt. Governor are elected separately and may even be from different political parties.
“  The Lieutenant Governor serves as the President of the State Senate, serves as a member of the Governor’s Council of State, serves on various boards and commissions, and must also stand ready to fulfill the duties of Governor in the event of his absence, death or incapacitation.  ” — nc.gov website

Candidates for Lieutenant Governor

Allen Thomas

Allen Thomas
County Commissioner, Hoke County, Since 2014.
http://www.allenthomasjr.com/
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Bill Toole

Bill Toole
Environmental Attorney
Former Belmont City Council and Chair, Gaston Co. Democratic Party.
https://votebilltoole.com/
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Terry Van Duyn

Terry Van Duyn
State Senator since 2014, (elected Democratic Whip)
Former President, Democratic Women of Buncombe Co.
http://votevanduyn.com/
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Chaz Beasley

Chaz Beasley
2nd term, NC State House of Representatives, District 92
Financial Attorney
https://chazbeasley.com/
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Yvonne Lewis Holley

Yvonne Lewis Holley
NC House of Representatives, District 38
25-year State Employee
https://yvonnelewisholley.com/
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Ron Newton

Ron Newton
Author, businessman, 2016 Candidate for Lt. Governor.
Former union manager and Durham Public Safety Officer.
https://www.electronaldlnewton.com/
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2020 Primary Peek: Agriculture Commissioner

This is the third in a series of posts encouraging people to look closely at those races which don’t get the attention afforded to Presidential, US Senate, or NC Governor elections.

We aren’t endorsing or promoting any candidate, but instead want you to be aware of contests which will be on the March 3rd Democratic Primary Ballot (Early Voting Starting February 13th). Our hope is that by becoming more familiar with the candidates, you can make an informed decision about who should be our nominee and move forward to compete in the November General Election.

Brief information is provided for each candidate: name, photo, brief current or former positions (up to 2 most relevant), website, and Facebook links. Explore each of the candidates and decide who you feel is the most qualified for this position. Candidates are listed in the order they appear on the ballot.

What is the role of the Agriculture Commissioner?
The NC Commissioner of Agriculture is the head of the State Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Among their more visible duties is organizing the State Fair each fall.
The NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services works to provide services that promote and improve agriculture, agribusiness and forest; protect consumers and businesses, and conserve farmland and natural resources for the prosperity of all North Carolinians. ” — nc.gov website

Candidates for NC Commissioner of Agriculture

Walter Smith

Walter Smith
Farmer, former small-town mayor, former USDA Field Office Executive Director. BS, Agricultural Engineering, NCSU. Democratic nominee for Agriculture Commissioner 2012, 2016.
http://votewaltersmith.com/
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Jenna Wadsworth

Jenna Wadsworth
From a farming family, became youngest woman ever elected to office in NC in 2010 when she was elected to the Wake County Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors at age 21, re-elected twice. Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from NCSU.
https://www.jennawadsworth.com/
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Donovan Alexander Watson
Farmer, Family Produce Market Businessowner.
https://watsonfornc.com/
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2020 Primary Peek: State Superintendent of Public Instruction

This is the second in a series of posts encouraging people to look closely at those races which don’t get the attention afforded to Presidential, US Senate, or NC Governor elections.

We aren’t endorsing or promoting any candidate, but instead want you to be aware of contests which will be on the March 3rd Democratic Primary Ballot (Early Voting Starting February 13th). Our hope is that by becoming more familiar with the candidates, you can make an informed decision about who should be our nominee and move forward to compete in the November General Election.

Brief information is provided for each candidate: name, photo, brief current or former positions (up to 2 most relevant), website, and Facebook links. Explore each of the candidates and decide who you feel is the most qualified for this position. Candidates are listed in the order they appear on the ballot.

What is the role of the State Superintendent?
Actually, that is debatable… for some time there has been a struggle for power and control between the State Superintendent (elected) and the State Board of Education (appointed).
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) is charged with implementing the state’s public school laws, policies, and procedures governing pre-kindergarten through 12th grade public education. The elected State Superintendent of Public Instruction leads the Department and functions under the policy direction of the State Board of Education.” — nc.gov website

Candidates for State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Keith Sutton

Keith A Sutton
Former Excellence Director for BEST NC, Educational Consultant, founder of FocusED LLC, member of Wake County School Board.
https://votekeithsutton.com/
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James Barrett

James Barrett
Corporate IT Executive, member of Chapel Hill-Carboro School Board.
https://barrettforschools.com/
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Constance (Lav) Johnson

Constance (Lav) Johnson
Biography not available, website “Biography” link takes you to her Johnson Burton Learning Center web page.
https://constancelavjohnson.com/
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Michael Maher, PhD

Michael Maher, PhD
Former H.S. Science Teacher, Assistant Professor in Teacher Education at St. Augustine’s University, and Assistant Dean of Professional Education at NCSU, current president of the NC Assn. of Colleges and Teacher Educators.
https://www.maherfornc.com/
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Jen Mangrum, PhD

Jen Mangrum, PhD
Classroom teacher for 14 years, former Elementary Education faculty and program director at NCSU, currently Associate Professor in Teacher Education at UNCG, co-founder of UNCG STEM Teacher Leader Collaborative.
https://www.jenmangrumfornc.com/
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2020 Primary Peek: State Treasurer

This is the first in a series of posts encouraging people to look closely at those races which don’t get the attention afforded to Presidential, US Senate, or NC Governor elections.

We aren’t endorsing or promoting any candidate, but instead want you to be aware of contests which will be on the March 3rd Democratic Primary Ballot (Early Voting Starting February 13th). Our hope is that by becoming more familiar with the candidates, you can make an informed decision about who should be our nominee and move forward to compete in the November General Election.

Brief information is provided for each candidate: name, photo, brief current or former positions (up to 2 most relevant), website, and Facebook links. Explore each of the candidates and decide who you feel is the most qualified for this position.

What is the role of the State Treasurer?
The NC Department of the State Treasurer administers the public employee retirement systems for more than 900,000 North Carolinians, as well as the 401(k), 457, and 403(b) supplemental retirement plans for public employees. The Department also administers the State Health Plan for more than 727,000 state employees, retirees, and their dependents. The Department provides fiscal assistance and expertise to local governmental units by assisting them in the sale of local government debt obligations and maintaining good budgeting, accounting, reporting, and other fiscal procedures. It also administers NC Cash, the unclaimed property database that holds approximately $711 million.nc.gov website

Candidates for State Treasurer

(Alphabetical by Last Name)

Dimple Ajmera, CPA

Dimple Ajmera, CPA
Current Charlotte City Council Member
Former CPA, Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association (TIAA)
DimpleAjmera.com
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Ronnie Chatterji
Ronnie Chatterji, PhD

Ronnie Chatterji, PhD
Professor, Business & Public Policy, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University & Former Sr. Economist, White House Council of Economic Advisors (Obama Administration)
ronniechatterji.com/
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Matt Leatherman

Matt Leatherman
Public Financing and Budgeting Expert who has worked with Fmr. Democratic State Treasurer Janet Cowell, and with Retirement Security Non-Profits.
mattfornc.com
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Happy Holidays 2019

A President’s Message from President Ginger Walker

Hello LGBTQ Democrats of NC,

As 2019 comes to a close, it’s a time to celebrate our many victories and accomplishments as an Auxiliary, as a community and as individuals. It’s also a time to reflect on, and let go of, disappointments and things left undone this year, turning the focus on blessings received and setting our sights on 2020. We have much work to do together to support and elect Democrats up and down the ballot, from the Court House to the White House! As many of you have heard me say, “Our lives depend on it!”

Thank you all for your involvement, passion, hard work and support of the LGBTQ Democrats of NC, as well as your courage in our continued fight for equity and equality! I would also like to thank you for your trust and support of me as your Auxiliary State President!

Have wonderful and safe holidays, sharing love and good cheer and enjoying time with family and friends!

Peace and Love,
Ginger

Good News
Did you catch us in State Secretary Melvin Williams most recent issue of “Good News About Democrats”?
Pictures from our Governor’s Reception and Convention are featured in the December 18th Issue!

Governor’s Holiday Reception Photos

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NCOD Message from the President

Happy National Coming Out Day!   

It was one week ago today that we held our first 2-Day Convention.  I am happy to report that by all indications with feedback from those Members and Guests in attendance, it was a very successful, enjoyable, memorable and energizing Convention!  Thanks to all who attended! Special thanks to Arsidez León, Gina Cruz, Rich Elkins and Pat Warren for their time and significant efforts on the Convention! Special thanks also to Kathryn Vandegrift, President Wake County Chapter and all the Wake County Members who hosted the Convention, worked at the Registration Desk and welcomed Attendees!  Some highlights from the Convention:

  • The Reception at the Governor’s Mansion, where we were welcomed by First Lady Kristin Cooper, had the opportunity to meet LGBTQ Elected Officials from across the state, speak with Secretary of State Elaine Marshall and hear Mathew Shurka’s story of surviving conversion therapy and the great work he and BornPerfect are doing and what we can do to help put an end to this harmful practice.  We presented our first Progress Award to Clay Eddleman, Chair CD 11 for his outstanding achievements organizing three Chapters in the 11th Congressional District and for all of his time, talent and treasure to support this organization!
  • After Party, where we collectively voted for Representative and House Minority Whip Deb Butler to help her win the Victory Institute’s Tammy Baldwin Breakthrough Award, which by the way, SHE WON!   We danced to music by DJ Fin and enjoyed entertainment from The Vanity House, with our own Candice Cox, an At-Large Board Member of our Wake County Chapter, as the MC. We presented a Progress Award to Candice Cox for her tireless work to increase visibility and ensure forward progress for Trans people of color and all LGBTQ in NC & beyond,  as well as for her leadership in the LGBTQ Democrats of Wake County and her help and dedication to making the LGBTQ Democrats of NC Convention After Party an enjoyable and memorable event! 
  • The Saturday Morning session of our Convention Meeting was packed with speakers.  We had greeting from NCDP Chair Wayne Goodwin and WCDP Chair Rebecca Llewellyn, heard from Ted Jackson, DNC Director of LGBTQ Political Engagement and received thanks from Michelle Zechmann, CEO Haven House Services for our Community Outreach contributions to their Snack Drive.  We learned more about becoming a Delegate to the 2020 Democratic National Convention from Matt Hughes, LGBTQ Democrats of NC Vice President, NCDP 2nd Vice Chair and Chair of the NCDP Delegate Selection Committee.  We received an inspiring message via video from Senator and Presidential Candidate Elizabeth Warren (greatly appreciated but in no way constitutes an endorsement by this Auxiliary for Senator Warren).  We closed our morning session with an incredible speech by Representative and House Minority Whip Deb Butler.
  • We presented Awards:
    • Progress Award to Laura Bannister, President LGBTQ Democrats of Henderson County for her outstanding work promoting progress for the LGBTQ community in Henderson County and making history by receiving a Mayoral Proclamation declaring June 15th as the first Hendersonville Pride Day.  
    • Communication Award to Kathryn Vandegrift, President of the LGBTQ Democrats of Wake County
    • Certificates of Appreciation:
      • Pat Warren, Treasurer 2015-2019
      • Arsidez León, VP University & College Outreach & Chair 2019 Pride Committee
      • Rich Elkins, Chair Communications/Publicity Committee
      • I was surprised to be presented with a Certificate of Appreciation award from Arsidez León on behalf of the organization.
    • Membership Awards:
      • <20 Members & First Multi-County Chapter to Cherokee and Clay Counties
      • 21-35 Members to Henderson County
      • 35-41 Members to Alamance County
      • Highest Membership to Mecklenburg County
  • Our Afternoon Session was devoted to business matters and electing new Officers. Please follow this link to review the 2019 Committee Reports
  •  Our new Executive Committee:
    • President’s Council:
      • Ginger Walker, re-elected as President
      • Arsidez León, Vice President
      • Gina Cruz, Secretary
      • Matt Hughes, Treasurer
      • Gabe Cartagena, VP University & College Outreach
    • Congressional District Chairs & Vice Chairs:
      • CD 1 — Kristin Lione (Durham), Chair
      • CD 2 – Lisa Malachowsky (Wake), Chair & Kyle Turner (Wake), Vice Chair
      • CD 3 vacant
      • CD 4 – George Greene (Wake), Chair & Andrew Terrell (Wake), Vice Chair
      • CD 5 vacant
      • CD 6 — Wade Mauser (Chatham), Chair & Pat Warren (Caswell), Vice Chair
      • CD 7 vacant
      • CD 8 vacant
      • CD 9 vacant
      • CD 10 vacant
      • CD 11 – Clay Eddleman (Henderson), Chair
      • CD 12 vacant
      • CD 13 – David Hammond (Guilford), Chair & Tyler Beall (Guilford), Vice Chair

I am very honored and humbled to have been re-elected as President of this organization.  I am excited to serve with such a diverse, talented an energized group of leaders at the State, District and County levels!  We have a balanced Executive Committee, as required by our Bylaws; Article V, Section 12, to include race, gender, gender identity, gender expression, ethnicity and age.  

I’m certainly pleased with the diversity,  but I’m particularly excited that we have the youngest board we have ever had, and with that brings new perspectives & ideas, automation & technology skills that will improve and simplify our processes and enhance our communications & visibility,  all of which will accelerate our forward progress! These young and diverse leaders, blended with those of us who have the history, decades of experience and knowledge is what will allow us to build a strong infrastructure and a pipeline of leaders necessary to ensure a sustainable and vibrant organization into the future.

We have a LOT of work to do in the remainder of 2019 and will be doing everything we can to elect LGBTQ and Ally Democrats to office in the Municipal elections. It will be them who will vote to adopt non-discrimination ordinances at the December 1, 2020 twilight of HB-142!  

Then we move right into gearing up for the critically important 2020 Elections from the Court House to the White House, and everything in between.  We’ll also be watching the Supreme Court ruling on the three LGBTQ discrimination cases, with the hope that SCOTUS will rule that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 extends employment discrimination protections to Americans on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identity!   The ruling is expected in 2020.

We’ll have our 2020 Strategic Retreat in early January to define our goals, objectives and strategies for the year.  We’ll share those with you after the Retreat. Meanwhile, stay engaged and encourage others to engage and join our efforts!

As I often say, in 2020 we must Vote As If Our Lives Depend On It…IT DOES!  VOTE YOUR PRIDE! VOTE DEMOCRAT! 

Sincerely and with shared aspirations for North Carolina,

Ginger Walker, President
LGBTQ Democrats of North Carolina
Pronouns: she/her/hers
704.819.3237

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Joint Press Release 10-8-19

Wayne Goodwin, Chair of the NC Democratic Party and Ginger Walker, President of the LGBTQ Democrats of NC issued a joint press release in response to today’s arguments in the US Supreme Court today in regards to Title VII and its applicability to questions of discrimination based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity/Expression.

NCDP Statement in Support of LGBTQ Workers (link)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 8, 2019
Contact: Sarah Flowers, sflowers@ncdp.org

NCDP Statement in Support of LGBTQ Workers

Raleigh – NCDP Chairman Wayne Goodwin and President of the LGBT Democrats of North Carolina Ginger Walker released the following statement in response to today’s opening arguments on three cases before the U.S. Supreme Court that address LGBTQ+ discrimination in the workplace: 

“No one should face discrimination or unemployment because of who they are or who they love. North Carolina Democrats stand with our LGTBQ+ friends and allies today as they continue to fight for the legal rights and protections they deserve.” 

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Equality Act Town Hall – Charlotte

Join the Human Rights Campaign, Equality North Carolina & LGBTQ Democrats of North Carolina at Johnson C. Smith University for an Equality Act Town Hall on Wednesday, October 9, 6:30PM – 8:00PM.

What does the Equality Act do? Why is the work we do now in North Carolina so critical to eventually passing the Equality Act? How can you help from home & in your community? Be a part of making history and sign up today to join our town hall!

RSVP HERE: http://mobilize.us/hrc/event/124534

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2019 State Convention

Click below for details about this year’s LGBTQ Democrats of North Carolina Statewide Convention to be held October 4-5 in Raleigh! (no password required)

Candidates who have announced their intent to run for statewide or Congressional District positions and who have provided a bio are posted toward the bottom of the page.

Click here for downloadable Call to Convention.

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State of LGBTQ Equality Town Hall – Monroe

Wednesday, September 4th 6:30-8:30pm
500 S Johnson St. Monroe NC 28112

Facebook Event Link

As we head into election season, please join Equality North Carolina and LGBTQ Democrats of NC for a Town Hall on the state of LGBTQ rights and equality in our state.

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the landscape of LGBTQ life in North Carolina and add your voice to the conversation.

Speakers include Equality NC Executive Director Kendra R. Johnson and LGBT Democrats of NC President Ginger Walker, Mandy Carter, and Hillsborough Town Commissioner, Matt Hughes.

No RSVP necessary. See you there!

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