The Democratic Primary for North Carolina Governor, which seems like it's been running at full steam for ... well, forever, becomes official today as Richard Moore announces his campaign. In addition to opening the campaign website this morning, the campaign will hold the first of many kickoff events tonight.
This first event is at 5:00 pm in Oxford, NC (our Treasurer's hometown) at J. F. Webb High School, and the second event is on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. in Charlotte (more details below). The campaign's early literature and issue positions are based off of Moore's record as treasurer - highlighting strong leadership, progressive economic development, and support for the middle class:
Treasurer Moore became the first statewide elected official to call publicly for an increase in the minimum wage, forming the One Dollar More Coalition. He spoke to groups across the state to advocate for a one dollar legislative increase to help workers support their families and make ends meet. When the General Assembly increased the minimum wage to $6.15, Moore hailed the victory as the first step in a number of reforms needed to provide opportunity for North Carolina’s working families.
Treasurer Moore has championed a national movement to protect shareholder rights against Wall Street corporate abuses. He authored investment and mutual fund protection principles which have been adopted by pension fund managers across the country.
Why do I support Richard Moore so early in the game? There are many reasons: some personal (I know from personal experience that the Treasurer and his campaign staff are honorable people with great motivations), some geographic (we've seen a lot of Moore in Metrolina already, and we know he's going to be here to do more than crash a car into the wall of Lowe's Motor Speedway), some having to do with experience (he's been a federal prosecutor, a state legislator, and Treasurer ... and much more), and many that have to do with policy performance (the minimum wage increase comes to mind, but so does a lot of the policy listed above). But perhaps most importantly, he's demonstrated his leadership abilities - he was managing the response to Hurricane Floyd, and had to deal with FEMA's impotent response to the flooding that came afterward. Even though I think he has the best policy positions, being an executive is about so much more - and I think the "so much more" is what Richard Moore has.
Now, before there's another glut of "Why doesn't one of these candidates run for Senate?" posts, I want to make it clear that both Richard Moore and Beverly Perdue want to be governor. Each candidate, along with thousands of supporters each, believes they can do a great job for North Carolina (also, as of the end of 2006, Richard Moore had $2,620,729.04 and our Lt. Governor had $2,467,670.06 that cannot be transfered to a federal account).
You've got almost a year to decide, but please consider coming out to the event in Oxford or the event in Charlotte this week to hear about Richard's vision for North Carolina. I'll be at at least one of the events, and I hope to see you there.
Richard Moore for Governor Events
Tuesday, May 22 - 5:00 pm
Barbecue at Webb HS
3200 Webb School Rd
Oxford, NC 27565
Wednesday, May 23 - 11:30
Charlotte Campaign Kickoff
Charlotte Marriott City Center
100 West Trade Street