Dear fellow SEC members and fellow Democrats, I am Marshall Adame, the President of the North Carolina Democratic Party Hispanic American Caucus.
I want to thank so many of you for your dedication, devotion and determination leading up to the November 2016 election where North Carolina elected a Democratic Governor, Roy Cooper, a Democratic Attorney General, Josh Stein, a Democratic Supreme Court Justice, Mike Morgan and re-elected our Democratic State Auditor, Beth Wood as well as our Democratic Secretary of State Elaine Marshall. The NC GOP was determined to prevent that outcome, but failed due to your work and dedication to democracy, our party, our principles and values.
NC Hispanics increased their 2016 voter turnout by up to 85% compared to 2012. This was no small achievement. It took a lot of hard work, determination and effort to make it happen. All of us, African American, White, Latino, Asian, Senior Citizens, Youth groups, College Students, Labor Union Halls and others – together .. We did this together. We canvased, we knocked on doors, and we phone banked for Hillary, Roy, Josh, Beth, Mike, Wayne Goodwin, Dan Blue, Christian Cano, Dan Whitten, Earnest Reeves and so many other Democratic candidates in North Carolina. We gave our hard earned money and sacrificed for the cause. We sacrificed for Democracy. We sacrificed for Justice and Equality. We sacrificed for freedom and we sacrificed to leave a better North Carolina to our children. We must press on. The battle is far from over. We must begin a strategy to reach rural voters and assure each and every working man and woman in North Carolina that we are fighting for them and pursuing a course which, over time, will return North Carolina to the Progressive Path it once traveled.
We are entering an historic period in American history and North Carolina seems to be the single targeted proving ground for America’s Right Wing Social Engineering agenda. Why us? Because the Republicans have been so very successful in achieving their Right Wing goals here. Only the Democratic Party can stop the Right Wing campaign which has shaken the very foundations of our Democracy in North Carolina and throughout America.
Can we prosecute that fight while remaining so fractured and divided within our own party? I say we cannot, but that we can first begin to mend our fences within the party. I am greatly troubled that we seem to have separated ourselves into “Bernie supporter” and “Hillary” supporters. That is simply self-defeating and we must find our way out of that trap. The Republicans in North Carolina are banking on the hope that we will not.
We must once again become “Democrats” first and put the party and its platform and vison above our political proclivities. Pretending this is not happening is not a good start. We must acknowledge it and then put it behind us. We must and we can stand in this epic struggle against what is now a very powerful Republican Party which seeks to roll back the many progressive advances America has achieved. This must be the foe, not each other.
There are many outside of our party and some in The North Carolina Democratic Party who believe we cannot recover and take back what has been stolen from every North Carolinian. One democrat told me we couldn’t handle the storm. I do not believe that. I believe that starting now we must send the message that WE ARE THE STORM.
That is why I am running for Chairman of the North Carolina Democratic Party. There are no panaceas, or easy answers ahead for us, but I would be honored to be chosen by you to lead our Party to a better tomorrow in North Carolina.