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Coronavirus Changed the 2020 Campaign. Here’s How Candidates in Four Key NC Senate Races Responded.
Cardinal & Pine
Coronavirus has killed more than 3,600 North Carolinians and gutted the economy. Here’s how candidates in four of the most crucial NC Senate elections responded.
[Editor’s Note: As the 2020 election approaches, Cardinal & Pine is diving into key state legislative races to talk about the issues, and where candidates stand. Check out part 1 and part 2 here, on Medicaid expansion and public education, respectively.]
Whatever the candidates of 2020 thought this year was going to be about, it wasn’t.
Each might have entered the year envisioning a bold progressive or conservative agenda. That all went out the window when the novel coronavirus surfaced on American shores. As of this writing, the virus has killed more than 209,000 Americans and 3,637 North Carolinians. It gutted the economy, and left many struggling to keep a job or their health insurance.
This year was about survival, plain and simple. Stay healthy. Get an education. Put food on the table.
Candidates will be judged on what they can do for North Carolinians trying to meet the basic necessities.
For our latest entry in the “Cardinal Issues” series, we’ll take a look at coronavirus recovery in four key races for seats in the NC Senate. After a decade of Republican dominance, these pivotal races could be key in determining control of the chamber in 2020.
NC Senate District 1: Sen. Bob Steinburg (R) v. Tess Judge (D)
Tess Judge, a northeastern NC businesswoman, has emphasized support for small businesses as a touchstone in her plan for coronavirus recovery. “I have been a small business operator for more than 32 years and know first hand the challenges of meeting payroll, operational expenses and ensuring our neighbors have the jobs needed to support themselves and their families,” she said in August.
Judge has also keyed on support for schools as they reopen, either remotely or in-person this year, noting how important education is for economic investment in a part of the state with a disproportionate share of low-income North Carolinians.
Her incumbent opponent, Bob Steinburg, is running as a small-government, “traditional” conservative who has, like Judge, emphasized small businesses in his campaign rhetoric. However, one key difference between the two is that Steinburg has been much more bullish on the prospect of reopening schools despite the lingering pandemic, aligning behind Republicans such as Lt. Gov. Dan Forest. Public health experts worry reopening would only contribute to the spread of coronavirus in the state.
NC Senate District 11: Lisa Barnes (R) v. Allen Wellons (D)
Johnston County farmer Allen Wellons has made coronavirus recovery a central theme of his campaign, pointing as well to racial and economic inequalities highlighted by the virus’ spread. Wellons has called for the state to expand Medicaid benefits and unemployment insurance, both expansions that are opposed by Republican leadership in the NC General Assembly, including his opponent Lisa Barnes, currently a state House of Representatives lawmaker.
Barnes, meanwhile, has pointed to her involvement in the chamber’s dispensation of millions in federal government coronavirus relief, including funds for testing, personal protective equipment and small business loans.
NC Senate District 24: Amy Galey (R) v. J.D. Wooten (D)
J.D. Wooten, a US Air Force veteran and intellectual property attorney, has joined other Democrats in pointing to the economic inequities highlighted by the coronavirus pandemic. Wooten has also encouraged North Carolinians to remain at home to slow the virus, as well as boosted funding for testing and tracing. Like other Democrats this year, Wooten’s campaign has been centered on public education and Medicaid expansion. GOP lawmakers have doggedly opposed Medicaid expansion despite the pandemic, while Republicans have also been widely criticized by educators for flagging K-12 spending in the last decade.
Republican Amy Galey, an Alamance County commissioner, says that she would advocate for the state to use federal coronavirus relief funding to plan for a possible second wave of the potentially deadly virus. Galey, however, has largely avoid healthcare, while opposing a mostly federally-funded Medicaid expansion. “I’m not sure that buying into Obamacare and latching on to the federal government’s plan is the best way to serve the people of North Carolina,” Galey said in September.
Senate District 31: Sen. Joyce Krawiec (R) v. Terri LeGrand (D)
Health care, and how North Carolina responds to the coronavirus pandemic, was inevitably going to be a major part of this campaign. The Republican incumbent, Sen. Joyce Krawiec, is one of the legislature’s most influential health care lawmakers, co-chairing the Senate Health Care Committee.
“This crisis has highlighted, as never before, the need for access to health care for all of our citizens, paid sick and family leave policies, and job protection and unemployment insurance for workers,” LeGrand wrote in March as the virus began spreading in the state.
Krawiec has resisted efforts by Democrats to make the case again for Medicaid expansion during the pandemic. She’s also been critical of Gov. Roy Cooper’s approach to social distancing orders in the state, blaming him for the virus’ economic slowdown. The senator aligned herself behind President Donald Trump’s calls to reopen, despite the virus.
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October 21, 2020 at 7:00pm
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Poll Observers Needed
The Republicans are going to be putting people at the polls to intimidate and challenge voters right to vote. Trump mentioned it in the debate again.
The Alamance County Democratic Party alongside NCDP and Biden/Harris Coordinated Campaign is recruiting poll observers to help monitor and report on possible irregularities at polling locations. This is different from poll greeting in that poll observers are there to record and report and help protect all voters. Trainings will be provided as well as PPE (masks, gloves, sanitation stations).If you are interested. Here’s an article about why this is so important HERE
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Thanks to the Alamance NAACP and partners for organizing this “Get Out the Vote” effort.
The Alamance Chapter of NAACP worked to expand Early & One Stop voting hours and locations in Alamance. ACDP supports these efforts because we believe that everyone should vote and it should be safe and convenient for all.
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North Carolina General Assembly
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1. Multi-Party Assistance Team
The Board of Elections is looking for folks to be part of Multi-Party Assistance Team (MAT). This is the team that goes into assisted living facilities and nursing homes to help people vote. The Board of Elections is looking for some Democratic help. Teams are composed of both Democrats and Republicans.
Contact the Alamance Board of Elections for details 337 570 6755
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3.VERY IMPORTANT UPDATE!
Alamance County Voting Locations for November 3, 2020 Temporary and Permanent Changes
Eight precincts in Alamance County are going to change the location of their polling places for in person voting on November 3, 2020. Find your precinct HERE and see if your precinct is one of those affected below.
- Albright Precinct Southern High School, 631 Southern High School Rd, Graham Temporary- COVID Location
- Central Boone Trinity Worship Center, 3157 S. Church Street, Burlington Permanent – New Location
- Boone 5 Elon Elementary School, 720 Walker Rd, Elon Temporary- COVID Location
- South Graham South Graham Elementary, 320 Ivey Rd, Graham Temporary- COVID Location
- Haw River Haw River Elementary School, 701 E Main St, Haw River Temporary- COVID Location
- North Melville E.M. Yoder Elementary, 301 N Charles St, Mebane Temporary- COVID Location
- Melville 4 Old Mebane Recreation Center, 209 W Jackson St, Mebane Permanent – New Location
- Morton Western Middle School, 2100 Eldon Dr, Elon Temporary- COVID Location
4. Alamance County needs election workers for the 2020 Elections!
Wondering what you can do to help ensure local elections meet the challenges of this health crisis?
Check this link to the Alamance County Election Official Application. We especially need elections workers during the 17-day early voting period. We have a new early voting location at the Elmira Community Center in Burlington and we have newly expanded weekend voting, including Sunday voting. This means we need more elections workers than in the past. And the COVID virus has meant that many of our predominantly older elections workers who are more vulnerable have chosen not to return to work this year’s election.You can also fill out the NC State Board of Elections Democracy Heroes form to be contacted by BOE staff: https://www.ncsbe.gov/get-involved
Get Your Absentee Ballot Now!!!
Call Alamance Board of Elections for an“Absentee Ballot Request Form” at 336- 570-6755
- Complete request form immediately upon receipt.
- Return electronically, by mail or take to Alamance Board ofElections at 115 S. Maple Street, Graham from 8 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday.
- Mail out of ballots began SEPTEMBER 4.
- Complete Ballot ASAP upon Receipt.
- Follow Instructions Very Carefully. HERE
- Make Sure You Have One Witness.
- Make Certain Envelope Certification is Signed!
- Return completed ballot to Alamance Board of Elections by mail or in person ( No Drop Boxes in NC)
- If mailing your ballot use the NCBoE tracking tool BallotTrax HERE
Nervous About Voting Absentee? FAQs HERE
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Since taking control of the NCGA, the Republican legislature has stifled renewable energy growth, causing NC to fall behind other states in creating sustainable energy markets. From repealing tax credits for rooftop solar and electric hybrids to a moratorium on new wind turbines, their resistance to renewable energy continues to hurt North Carolina.
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