This is Not an Announcement. Stay Tuned....
When Ellie told me last winter that she would not be running for re-election in 2008, I immediately was inclined to run. The state legislature is a key battle-ground for many of the issues I care about: the environment, quality schools, equal treatment under the law for lesbians and gay men, and health care reform. Legislative seats don’t open up very often, I decided, and if I wish to impact those and other issues then there was no choice but to get into this race.
Ellie has been a consistent—and persistent—voice for the district’s progressive values. She was often a lone voice in the State Senate for the progressive positions you and I share. Our next State Senator also needs to be someone who will be bold, principled, and progressive, while at the same time work well with others to make a difference for our community.
During my tenure as an Orange County Commissioner and as Mayor of Carrboro, I have been a strong advocate for the environment, education, and protecting the under-served and under-represented in our society. I will build on this record if elected to the NC State Senate.
Additionally, for the past 3 years, I’ve worked as a lobbyist on environmental issues at the General Assembly. Because of that experience, I can hit the ground running in the State Senate. I can be effective from Day One. I know how to make things happen in Raleigh while keeping fiercely committed to my progressive principles.
Now that the 2007 legislative session has drawn to a close, you begin to see signs of campaign activity on my part. A campaign for the State Senate demands a larger campaign organization than I’ve had in past runs for Mayor of Carrboro and for the Board of County Commissioners. It’s critical to get organized early.
However, it’s still a bit early to make an official announcement. For that, you’ll have to stay tuned…..