Post-Election Presidential Message

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Greetings LGBTQ Democrats of NC,

I trust you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your friends and family!  I know each of us has been counting our own personal blessings and things we’re thankful for over the last few days!  I also know that collectively, we’re all thankful and celebrating the results of the 2018 Midterm Elections (Celebrating most results and that the Election is over!).

No doubt the election results brought us much joy, relief and a sense of accomplishment, but there was also sadness around some tough and painful local, state and national LGBTQ and Ally losses.  Sincere thanks to all LGBTQ and Ally Democrats who stepped up to run!  We know and appreciate the huge sacrifices you made!

I will also take this opportunity to thank and celebrate all of you who engaged in this critical election!  Your Vote, Your Time and Your Financial Contributions made a real difference! 

Speaking of Voting, while it’s difficult to absolutely quantify, because there is no LGBTQ related box to check when we register to vote, there is evidence, and we believe, that LGBTQ Voters stepped up in record numbers to make sure Our Voices were heard at the Ballot Box in North Carolina and across the Country!

As a result, we helped to elect a record number of LGBTQ Democrats and hundreds of Democratic Allies at the local, state and national levels.   I’ll take this opportunity to highlight a few great LGBTQ wins:

  • Record number (~400) LGBTQ Candidates
  • Record number (~160) LGBTQ Wins, some include:
    • Two (2) US Senators –
      • Tammy Baldwin, Wisconsin (re-elected)
      • Kyrsten Sinema, Arizona (the 1st openly Bisexual Member of Congress)
    • Nine (9) US House of Representatives – (a gain of three (3) LGBTQ seats)
      • Mark Takano, California (Chair of the DCCC LGBT Equality Council – re-elected)
      • Sharice Davids, Kansas (the 1st LGBTQ Member of Congress from Kansas and one of the 1st Native American Women)
      • Angie Craig, Minnesota (1st LGBTQ Member of Congress from Minnesota)
      • Gina Ortiz-Jones, Texas (1st LGBTQ Member of Congress from Texas)
      • Chris Pappas, New Hampshire (1st LGBTQ Member of Congress from New Hampshire)
      • Sean Patrick Maloney, New York (1st openly LGBTQ statewide official in New York history)
      • Katie Hill, California (openly Bisexual )
      • David Cicilline, Rhode Island (re-elected)
      • Mark Pocan, Wisconsin (re-elected)
    • Two (2) Governors
      • Jarod Polis, Colorado Governor-Elect (the 1st Gay man elected as Governor in the U.S)
      • Kate Brown, 1st Bisexual Governor elected in the US in 2015 and won re-election in 2018
    • Eleven (11) new Judicial, including our own
      • Judge John Arrowood, NC Court of Appeals (1st openly LGBTQ statewide official elected in the South)
      • Judge Amanda Maris, District Court Judge, District 14, Seat 6
    • Thirty-two (32) State Legislators, including three (3) Transgender – Danica Roem, VA (re-elected), Lisa Bunker and Gerri Cannon, New Hampshire, Briana Titone, Colorado, and our own:
      • Deb Butler, NC House District 18
      • Allison Dahle, NC House District 11
      • Marcia Morey, NC House District 30
      • Cecil Brockman, NC House District 60
    • Five (5) Mayors
    • Forty-Five (45) Local, including four (4) Transgender City Council, two (2) Transgender School Board, and our own NC LGBTQ Candidates elected:
      • Greg Ford, Wake County Commission
      • Julia Olsen-Boseman, New Hanover County Commission
      • Mark Kleinschmidt, Orange County Clerk of Superior Court

A few more notable LGBTQ & Ally wins:

  • Massachusetts Voters Upheld a 2-year old law protecting Trans people from discrimination in public places, like bathrooms, locker rooms and hotels –the first statewide referendum that prohibits gender discrimination.
  • Democrats took control of the U.S. House of Representatives!
  • Here in NC, we:
    • Broke the GOP Supermajority in both the NC House & NC Senate!
    • Protected Our Courts by Electing:
      • Anita Earls, NC Supreme Court Associate Justice, Seat 1
      • Judge John Arrowood, NC Court of Appeals, Seat 1 (making history as the first LGBTQ candidate elected to statewide office in the South)
      • Toby Hampson, NC Court of Appeals, Seat 2
      • Allegra Collins, NC Court of Appeals, Seat 2
    • Elected 10 LGBTQ Candidates
      • Judge John Arrowood, NC Court of Appeals
      • Deb Butler, NC House District 18
      • Allison Dahle, NC House District 11
      • Marcia Morey, NC House District 30
      • Cecil Brockman, NC House District 60
      • Julia Olsen-Boseman, New Hanover County Commissioner
      • Greg Ford, Wake County Commissioner
      • Judge Amanda Maris, District Court Judge, District 14, Seat 6
      • Mark Kleinschmidt, Orange County Clerk Of Superior Court

In case you’re wondering what the LGBTQ Democrats of NC did to made a difference in Election 2018:

  • We (President’s Council, Executive Committee, County Chapters & Members) joined the North Carolina Democratic Party (NCDP), County Democratic Parties, Candidates and other organizations to register new voters, make calls, canvass, write postcards. stuff canvass packets, attend fundraisers, put out yard signs, work at the Polls during Early Vote and on Election Day, take food & snacks to Poll workers in some areas and take/drive voters to the Polls.
  • Our President’s Challenge Candidate Fundraiser was successful. Thanks to many of you, we disbursed over $4,600 to LGBTQ Candidates, Statewide Judicial Candidates, Break the Majority, NC Senate Caucus and DCCC/Equality Council.

Now that the Election is over, our focus for the remainder of the year will shift to Organizing Chapters in Counties or Bi/Tri-Counties who’ve reached out to us with a desire to organize or re-organize.   Additionally, the NCDP Plan of Organization requires all Auxiliaries and Caucuses to be re-chartered in Odd Numbered Years, so we’ll be gearing up to seek re-chartering in 2019.  We’ve already submitted our Bylaws and we’ll be coming before the North Carolina Democratic Party State Executive Committee (SEC), which is made up of representatives from all 100 Counties in North Carolina, at the January 2019 Meeting to seek their approval to remain a chartered Auxiliary under the North Carolina Democratic Party.

I wish you all, your families and friends a wonderful Holiday Season!  May 2019 bring us Peace, Joy, Health, Hope and Equality!  And…with Our Democratic Victories in 2018, may Sanity be Restored in Politics!

All The Best!

Ginger Walker, President

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