Dems to Watch

One of the things I have always enjoyed as a perk of writing at BlueNC is learning about candidates and elected officials from different parts of the state. We have an impressive amount of political talent across the state and it includes people we should consider for higher office. The problem? We don't always shine a bright enough spotlight on these candidates and we don't keep track of them after the campaign season is over. I would like to take a step to change that.

An Invitation to the BlueNC Community

You are invited to write blog posts about people serving in your local government, in the state legislature, or who are members of your community interested in political office. Introduce them here and let us know they should be on the 'Dems to Watch' list.

If you don't want to write a blog post, feel free to discuss these great candidates in the comments below. Use our contact form and send us information on them and as time allows we will write the articles and create a tag so that all articles involving them can be grouped together, making it easier for others to learn about each Dem on the watch list.

It is fine to write about someone already running for office, but this project is about more than campaign promotion, this is about shining a brighter spotlight on people who might otherwise escape notice and it is about helping build support for these candidates or potential candidates before they make the move to Raleigh or Washington.

I will get the ball rolling. In the coming days, I will publish an article on Mecklenburg County's newest addition to the team in Raleigh, Senator Jeff Jackson. I will follow that with a post about a Union County candidate for NC House District 55, Kim Hargett.

Don't worry about taking turns or signing up to post on a certain date. Just jump in and get started.



OK Folks....we need a deep bench

Let's load up our watch list so we never leave people like Skip Stam or Robert Pittenger unopposed again.

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

If anyone needs help getting started

John D. Burns
Uriah Ward
Kim Hanchett
Andy Ball

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

Thank you very much

Thanks, Betsy. I appreciate that, and I certainly agree that Kim Hanchette, who is running to be MY representative, is an OUTSTANDING new candidate.

I'll do my best.

Education, Transit, Sustainable Economic Growth

Thank you!

It takes a very special person to run for local office. It is far more work than most people realize and I think you will be great for Raleigh.

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

Kim Hanchett

Kim is a strongly pro-choice candidate who has been endorsed by Lillian's List. More about her here and here.

and I are supporting her, and I hope you will too.

Just met Uriah Ward

Wow. What an amazing candidate. Smart, articulate, clear, authentic. Just what we need more of.

His opponent in Pitt County has been doing everything possible to destroy public education in North Carolina ... and has been a persistent obstacle to Medicaid expansion. As one person put it, being against Medicaid expansion is like being against a dump truck full of money coming to town to hire health professionals and provide healthcare services.

Instead, the money is going to other states who have done the right thing. Will Pitt County see its way clear to elect a sane, moderate candidate? Time will tell.

Brad Salmon for State House District 51

Here is his statement regarding Mike Stone and the fracking issue.

Energy Modernization Act: Broken Promises

June 4, 2014

Governor McCrory signed the Energy Modernization Act into law today, and the fact that fracking will be legal in North Carolina is a reminder that Mike Stone has broken his promise to the people of District 51.

Mike Stone promised that fracking wouldn't be legalized until a regulatory framework was in place to protect our water, our land and our people. Mike Stone broke that promise.

Mike Stone promised that Sanford and Lee County would see economic benefits from fracking, and then voted for a bill that prevents cities and counties from collecting any revenue from energy companies. Mike Stone broke that promise.

Energy exploration is an important issue – too important for our elected representative in Raleigh to make promises to the people but deliver instead for special interests and energy lobbyists.

I've had enough of Mike Stone's broken promises. As your representative, I'll take your trust seriously.

- Brad Salmon

I'm a moderate Democrat.

Well said, Mr. Salmon

Of course, there's a very long list of Mike Stone's broken promises (or often, promises kept to anti-environment, pro-gun violence, anti-choice, anti-public health, pro-rich white males).

But tread lightly. Ol' Mike doesn't take criticism well. Because freedom.

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

The 51st consists of Lee and

The 51st consists of Lee and a portion of Harnett. If I'm not mistaken, Stone actually lost his own county and made up the difference in Harnett last time. Salmon is from the Mamers community in Harnett, where his family has very deep roots and are very well respected. Stone will not fair well this time in Harnett County so I think the key will be Lee. Has Stone mended fences there or alienated even more with his heavy handed style and special interest positions? I think this is a race that can be won.

I'm a moderate Democrat.

Mending fences?

I think he's been smashing them. His big-government transparent power-grab to force partisan local elections was unpopular (and didn't achieve his partisan goals either). He's a general in the NC GOP's war on cities.

(by the way, the citation is the column that cause Mike to react with big-government censoring of those college students' right to free speech).

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014