ACDP News July 20, 2020

105 Days Until Election Day


Action Required Today by 5 p.m.

New State Mandates on Early Voting

We are encouraging everyone to send the following message to the Alalmace Board of Elections today at this address alamance.BOElections@alamance-nc.com :

I urge the Alamance County Board of Elections to meet the new state emergency order on weekend voting hours by preserving and expanding Sunday voting hours in Alamance County to include four hours of early voting on both Sundays during the early voting period. The state’s order is intended to reduce the density of voters at polling places during a national health crisis. To meet that goal, Alamance County voters need weekend early voting hours to be provided throughout the weekend and during times voters are most likely to utilize them.  


Council of State

Jessica Holmes

for Commissioner of Labor

Lillian's List Action Fund

Interview with Jessica Holmes

Lillian’s List is thrilled to endorse Jessica Holmes, a labor and employment law attorney, as one of our 2020 candidates in her run for NC Commissioner of Labor. Jessica has an outstanding record of public service and a distinguished record advocating for workers’ rights. Currently, Jessica serves as Chair of the Wake County Board of Commissioners. Our Executive Director, Sarah Preston, spoke with Jessica about her years of public service and her campaign for NC Commissioner of Labor.

SP: Why did you decide to run for office in 2014 and what inspired your run for NC Commissioner of Labor?

Jessica: As a first generation college graduate, I understand very well the importance of education as a means of upward mobility and ending generational poverty. I have spent my professional career advocating for a quality education for all students regardless of zip code as the key to every student’s ability to thrive and also for the success of our workforce and economy.

Serving as an attorney at the NC Association of Educators was a perfect match for my desire to influence policies related to education and to advocate for school employees in personnel matters and at the General Assembly. As with most women, I did not initially see myself as an elected official but had spent most of my career advocating and attempting to influence decision-makers by marching, organizing and speaking up for those without a voice.

No one on the Board of Commissioners looked like me. It took several asks by people who I trust and respect to convince me that my voice needed to be at the table and that I could run and win. With the help of trainings from organizations such as Lillian’s List, in 2014 I become Wake County’s youngest person ever elected to the board of commissioners and, later, the youngest person to ever serve as Chair. I’ve now been unanimously elected Chair twice by my colleagues.

On the Commission, I have focused on funding our public. I led the implementation of the board’s first ever paid parental leave policy and fair chance hiring ordinance, along with many other fair labor policies. Under my leadership, Wake County has received several recognitions for being one of the healthiest workplaces in America. I’m ready to take those practices and all of my experiences to benefit all North Carolina workers with my run for NC Commissioner of Labor.

I was born and raised in eastern North Carolina. In my small rural community there are more criminal convictions than college degrees. I understand the economic needs of rural NC and also the challenges our urban counties face as well. I’m invested in addressing the rural-urban divide and putting all of North Carolina to work. We need opportunities for a hand-up and not a hand out, so everyone has the chance to compete in an ever-changing global society.

SP: What do you think the benefits of being a woman while campaigning and serving are?

Jessica: One benefit of being a woman running for office is that because it sometimes takes women seven or more asks before running for office, by the time we decide to run we have meticulously determined what we have to offer and for me this helped with my confidence. Women are thoughtful, committed and often times more than qualified for the position we are seeking compared to our male counterparts. Another benefit is that women are very intentional about supporting women. I have been blessed with incredible women mentors who work diligently to ensure that I have the tools and resources I need to run a successful campaign. We share a goal of wanting to change the face of politics.

SP: Why do you support reproductive freedom?

Jessica: It makes no sense that someone else should or could have the ability to make decisions about my body or any other woman’s body. I have always been pro-choice as a human being notwithstanding politics. Some decisions are personal and should not involve government interference. I’m committed to ensuring reproductive freedom for all people.

SP: What do you hope to accomplish for women while in office?

Jessica: My very first initiative will be to adopt paid parental leave for the NC Department of Labor. The current Commissioner declined to adopt this policy for her Department when it was extended to state employees by Governor Cooper in a recent Executive Order. I also want to address pay equity for women by working with business across our state. Women receive about $0.80 for every dollar a man gets and that number is lower when you consider pay gaps for black and brown women. I am committed to livable wages for all employees and safe workplaces.

I also want to review how the State provides retraining for workers who have been out of the workforce and need to refresh their skills or learn new ones. I am very interested in expanding opportunities for women who have been out of the workforce to care for children or other family members, securing a place for our veterans, and giving second chances to those who want to make an honest living.

SP: Who is your inspiration in politics?

Jessica: Michelle Obama is my inspiration. She is very gracious and graceful under pressure. Politics can be unnecessarily ugly, I try to always remember her words: “when they go low, we go high.” Also, when it’s time for me to bring my A game to the table, I am inspired by the words of Representative Deborah Butler, “we will not yield.”


TONIGHT

Alamance County Board of Commissioners Meeting

Tonight at 7:00 pm Agenda HERE

Live Stream of meeting HERE


Monthly Meeting (via Zoom)

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 6:30 p.m.

Meet Your Candidates!

Jenna Wadsworth – Candidate for NC Commissioner of Agriculture.

We are excited to welcome Jenna back to Alamance! Come meet this exciting and dynamic candidate and hear what she stands for and the issues important to her.

Scott Huffman- Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, NC District 13

We have a new district! Come learn how you can support Scott’s race against incumbent Ted Budd. :He would love to answer any questions you may have! Come prepared.

Community Update from Patsy Simpson

Patsy has been a member of the ABSS Board of Education since 2008. She will update us on Alamance County’s plans for reopening the schools.


ACDP County Executive Committee August Meeting

From Our Chair

It is my pleasure to invite you to the next virtual  Alamance County Democratic Party County Executive Committee meeting on Thursday, August 6, at 7pm. After the business portion of the meeting, which should include the election of our State  Senate Executive Committee representatives, we will hear from the Democratic candidates running for the Board of Education.

All Alamance Democrats are welcome. For information about registering for this Zoom meeting contact Elaine at chair@alamancecountydemocraticparty.com


Why all the fuss about

Voting Absentee ?

This is a link to a short article explaining HERE

Here’s an article explaining the nuts and bolts of absentee voting. https://www.ncvoter.org/absentee-ballots/

Here is a link to request an absentee ballot form in North Carolina.  It is not too early to do this. You can also call our local Board of Elections at (336)570-6755 and request that they send you an absentee ballot request form.  Or, if you’d like to check your registration status or register to vote the Times News has this nifty little page. HERE


ACDP Billboard

Donate HERE We’re looking at making electoral history this year in Alamance. Join us as we raise money for our first ever ACDP billboard. We’re almost half of the way to our goal already! Please chip-in! We’d like to secure funding for this as soon as possible.

The ACDP Marketing Committee the has been working to develop a strategy that we believe will raise the profile of Alamance Democrats and help us get the voter turnout we have to get. The Marketing Committee has selected a design that we feel captures who we are and what we value. We’ve got a billboard located on Interstate 40/85 between Exits 145 and 147 picked out that we think will allow us to reach as many potential 2020 voters as possible. now all we need to do is raise some money! Our goal is to fund the entire cost of the $3400 billboard through your generous donations. Please consider donating to this fund, as we believe we have a solid plan to make your dollars reach the most voters and potential voters possible. We’ve been too quiet it’s time to make some noise! Donate HERE


$20 for 2020

Help the Democratic Women of Alamance County Honor and celebrate the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment by donating $20 for 2020, the 100 year anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment which guaranteed and protected women’s constitutional right to vote.  Donate Here


Give Your Time at Election Time.

Wondering what you can do to help ensure local elections meet the challenges of this health crisis?

Finding election workers is always a challenge and in this election the civic-minded seniors that usually fill these positions should get to sit this one out if they have health concerns. Early Voting workers especially work long days and a couple of long weeks. So if you want more weekend hours for Alamance County voters, giving your time to staff those hours is a great way to help. Also, these are paid positions. More Information HERE


Join Our ACDP Voter Outreach Team!

Be a part of our Voter Outreach team and commit to helping your friends and neighbors get out the vote this election! In exchange for your generous donation, ACDP is offering these high-quality shirts to anyone interested in helping us get our message out that Your Vote Does Count! 2020 will be a pivotal election year and one of our top goals is ensuring that all individuals who have the right to vote can and will use it. Donate Here!


Proud Alamance Democrat Yard Signs

Stand up and stand out as a Proud Alamance County Democrat. We’re working for a better more inclusive Alamance for everyone. Order your sign Here Guidelines for political signs HERE


It’s Going to Take All of Us

Volunteer today!

There is a job that is just right for you!

Contact : Chair@AlamanceCountyDemocraticParty.com

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