Leading from the Left

Friday, April 18, 2008

Please contribute to Judge Arrowood

My post today is about Judge John Arrowood's campaign to retain his seat on the NC Court of Appeals.

Please take just a few minutes today to make a donation to John Arrowood, a Democrat running for the NC Court of Appeals. John's Republican opponent is a well-known conservative activist who most certainly will not represent our values.

Last September, John Arrowood was sworn in as a judge on the North Carolina Court of Appeals. This was an historic event for North Carolina as John became the first openly gay man to serve in a statewide position in our state....or in the entire South for that matter.

John's appointment to a statewide elective office is symbolic of the great strides we're making as progressives here in NC. I'm proud of John and proud that North Carolina is the first state in the South to break through this particular glass ceiling.

To keep his seat, John is running this year. And you guessed it....the far right is targetting John. They believe they can use bigotry to unseat a highly qualified judge who's done an outstanding job in his first year on the bench.

As people who care about fairness, we can't let these forces win.

Judge Arrowood needs to raise money now, right now, to launch an effective campaign to retain his seat on the Court of Appeals. I've already contributed to John's campaign and hope you will too.

Please make your checks payable to "The Committee to Keep Judge Arrowood" and mail them to P.O. Box 1628, Raleigh, NC 27602. Because of rules related to judicial financing, checks must come from registered voters within North Carolina; be in sums no great than $500 per voter; and be collected ASAP, but no later than May 1st. You are required to include your occupation and employer information for reporting purposes.

Your generous support NOW is crucial for John's chances to retain this seat. Judge Arrowood has until the May 6th primary to raise an additional $30,000. After the primary, public financing rules kick in, and John will not be allowed to raise any more money. Please join me in supporting John Arrowood, a Democrat running for NC Court of Appeals.