BlueNC's new Progress 2006 initiative focuses on two things: (1) advocating a progressive agenda in North Carolina and (2) educating voters about progressive leaders. This entry is a follow-up discussion of the latter.
Yesterday, Lance did a quick analysis of individuals running for office or holding office who have been brought to our attention by BlueNC readers. As the state gears up for fall political season, we want to continue to educate citizens about leaders we can count on to stand for a progressive North Carolina.
Progressive Incumbents Facing Challengers
Alma Adams (D-H58, Guilford) is up against challenger Olga Morgan Wright.
Julia Boseman (D-S9, New Hanover) up against Sherman Lee Criner.
Linda Coleman (D-H39, Wake) against John W. Blackwell.
Susan Fisher (D-H114, Buncombe) against Mike Harrison.
Joe Hackney (D-H54, Chathan, Moore, Orange) against Alvin Reed.
Pricey Harrison (D-H57, Guilford) is up against challenger Ron Styers.
Ellie Kinnaird (D-S23, Orange Person) against E.B. Alston.
Grier Martin (D-H34, Wake) against Joe Ross
Progressive Incumbents Who Are Unopposed
New Progressive Challengers
Ty Harrell is challenging Russell Capps (R-H41)
Doug Jones is up against Bill Porter for an open seat (H116, Buncombe)
Joe Sam Queen is up against Keith Presnell (R-S47, Avery, Haywood, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Yancey).
Ed Ridpath challenging Paul Stam (H37, Southern Wake)
Greer Beaty challenging Pope Puppet Nelson Dollar (H36, Wake)
County Commissioner Races
Gaston County Progressive Challengers
Who else should be added to the list? At this point, we're focused only on people involved in politics, but I can see this initiative expanding in the future to include other kinds of leaders - individuals who work in non-profit advocacy groups, for example - and build a Who's Who of Progressive North Carolina.
For now though, let's focus on the next 109 days. Who are the real progressive leaders who warrant our attention and support? The people listed above are a great starting point and they are all excellent. Who are we missing?
UPDATE: I'm thinking we'll build and refine this list between now and Labor Day. At that point, we'll lock it down and move into the next phase of action: more education and more support.
UPDATE 2: Please send links to sites that I haven't listed if they're available.
UPDATE 3: I've heard from a few candidates with corrections and suggestions. Much appreciated!