In Alamance County, Tony Foriest again confounds old ideas about voting patterns

In the 2008 elections, Alamance County went for McCain, Hagan, McCrory and Pittenger.

However, Alamance voters also chose Democrat Tony Foriest for a second term in the NC state Senate.

Why is this notable?  Foriest is an African-American Democrat who won a non-minority legislative district.

This isn't the first time this has happened in recent NC legislative elections, but it is notable that the NC GOP targeted Senator Foriest and this district, but Foriest still outpolled Obama, Perdue and Dalton in growing Alamance County.

It should be noted that both Alamance and Caswell counties comprise the 24th Senate district.

As we watch the first racial minority sworn in as President, let's not forget that there are significant local advances being made, and sustained, right here in North Carolina.  


I had no idea

 Alamance County is the one with the nutcase for a sheriff, right?  

Congratulations State Senator Foriest!  

Thanks unh for making us aware of this.  

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

He's a Republican,

and kind of nutty, but you're probably thinking about combat fatigue-wearing nutcase Gerald Hege, or Steve Bizzell of the, "Mexicans breeding like rabbits" fame.

Our Sheriff made news recently for arresting a librarian who had been here since the age of 3, and used a false Social Security number in her original employment application.

Marxavi Angel Martinez was a child of small-town North Carolina. She grew up here, in the rolling Piedmont region, and was a high school honor student and cheerleader before settling into a job at the Graham Public Library. At 23, she lived in a tidy white trailer at the Cedar Creek Mobile Home Park with her husband and 16-month-old son.

Martinez's arrest followed a June 14 incident in which an Alamance County deputy arrested an undocumented Latino driver on Interstate 85. Local media reports said the deputy had left the woman's children -- ages 14, 10 and 6 -- out on the highway at night to fend for themselves for eight hours.

But you know, having to answer the question, "Which nutcase Sheriff are you referring to?" is not the greatest advertizement for 21st Century North Carolina...

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Foriest was also targeted by the NC Association of Realtors.  They spent a bunch of money on his opponent, realtor Rick Gunn through their PAC and 527