Our state is a patchwork of many different communities, made of people from a variety of backgrounds. While many different paths led us here, we recognize that our futures are inextricably tied together. We realize that not only is there strength in our diversity, there is strength in our versatility.

Despite this, we face challenges that pull at the very threads with which we are woven together. Rather than focusing on the everyday needs of North Carolinians, some in Raleigh are pushing a divisive social agenda. We cannot stand idly by as some use race, gender, and sexual orientation to open old wounds – or create new ones. Instead, we must recognize the lessons from our past challenges while remaining hopeful for North Carolina’s future.

By standing by our core principles, we are:

  • Preserving our constitutional rights – The constitutional rights belonging to our citizens cannot be an afterthought when laws are passed. Whether restricting the right to vote, complicating women’s rights when making health decisions, or obstructing the right to marriage, extreme members of our General Assembly have often disregarded constitutional protections for political gain. Others have been noticeably absent as our rights are eroded. Our rights are the bedrock of our society and are far too important to be compromised.
  • Expanding opportunity – Providing people with the chance to put their talents to work is how to build a thriving, prosperous middle class. However, for the women still earning less than men for the same work, for people of color facing higher unemployment rates, or for working-class families struggling to make the American Dream a reality, these chances remain limited. By expanding the opportunities available, we maximize the potential of everyone, regardless of background.
  • Building strong, supportive families – The family is the building block of our society. As the child of a single mother, I recognize that a uniquely-built family can still be a strong and supportive one. Likewise, we need leadership that values families of all types, understanding that how the family works is more important than how the family looks.


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