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As we gear up for the most important election of our lifetimes, Equality North Carolina wants to ensure that voters are as informed as possible at the ballot box. Check this page regularly for spotlights on key races and candidates and join our supports in fighting for a pro-equality majority all the way down the ticket.

Terri LeGrand, Senate District 31

Terri LeGrand, Senate District 31

Terri LeGrand has been serving her community for over 18 years both in the legal sector and throughout North Carolina. She co-founded the Piedmont Earth Day Fair and subsequently Piedmont Environmental Alliance, a “non-profit that is building a healthier, more economically vibrant and environmentally sustainable community.” She is invested in higher education, affordable and accessible healthcare, clean air and water in a sustainable environment, as well as freedom and security.

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Vernetta Alston, House District 29

Vernetta Alston, House District 29

Although she was recently elected to office earlier this year, Vernetta Alston has been heavily involved in law and policy work for over eight years, She began her career as a staff attorney for the Racial Justice Act Studies before serving as a member of the Durham City Council for the past two years. Now, as Member of the House, she wants to fight for progressive change that will impact Durham and serve the best interests of everyone in North Carolina.

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Wayne Goodwin, Commissioner of Insurance

Wayne Goodwin, Commissioner of Insurance

As the former Commissioner of Insurance for North Carolina from 2009 to 2016, Wayne comes to this race with a host of experience. In the past, Wayne has stood up for consumers against insurance companies and, as the current Chairperson of the NC Democratic Party, has an extensive history of leadership within the political realms of this state. His priorities include expanding Medicaid, fighting insurance fraud and holding insurance companies accountable.

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Deb Butler, House District 18

Deb Butler, House District 18

Rep. Butler rocketed into the national spotlight last year with her viral “We will not yield!” speech on the North Carolina congressional floor. An Out Elected and former board member of Equality North Carolina, Butler is committed to helping build a better North Carolina for all of our communities, having proven time and again that she will show up and show out for us.

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Sydney Batch, House District 37

Sydney Batch, House District 37

Rep. Batch won her district in 2018 after a very difficult race. She’s served her time in office while battling breast cancer, and will continue to push through life’s hardships while fighting for our communities at the NCGA. Rep. Batch’s priorities include public education, protecting our environment, affordable healthcare, higher wages, affordable housing, broadband expansion and access to substance abuse treatment.

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Kim Hardy, House District 43

Kim Hardy, House District 43

With a background in social work, the needs of vulnerable North Carolinians have always been at the heart of Kim Hardy's work. An assistant professor at Fayetville State university, Hardy beat out incumbent Elmer Floyd for House District 43 in the March 2020 primaries. Now up for the general election in November, Hardy would be a new voice of wisdom and compassion for Cumberland County in the years to come.

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Cheri Beasley, State Supreme Court, Chief Justice

Cheri Beasley, State Supreme Court, Chief Justice

Chief Justice Cheri Beasley has been on the State Supreme Court since 2012, and has served as a strong leader in the judicial branch. In 2018, she became Chief Justice, making her the first Black woman to serve in that position. Justice Beasley’s priorities include updating the NC Courts’ technology, improving access to recovery courts, and building partnerships with the community.

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Kathy Manning, U.S. House District 6

Kathy Manning, U.S. House District 6

Kathy Manning is running to represent the Triad in Congress. As a local leader in Greensboro, she knows the importance of equality and equity in the political arena. And as someone who has experienced the injustices of the healthcare system firsthand, she knows the importance of healthcare reform. Her priorities include economic opportunity, affordable healthcare and education.

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Harper Peterson, Senate District 9

Harper Peterson, Senate District 9

Sen. Peterson was elected in 2018, after serving as mayor of Wilmington. In both roles he’s been a strong advocate for social justice. His priorities are water quality, education, and economic opportunity and justice.

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