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Equality NC Action Fund, Equality NC's political action committee (PAC), is proud to announce its endorsements for the 2012 General Election. For the 2012 election cycle, Equality NC Action Fund evaluated candidates using multiple factors, including responses to an LGBT issue-based questionnaire, candidate interviews, public position statements and past voting records.

Voters are also encouraged to check out of our lists of state lawmakers who voted FOR and legislative allies that voted AGAINST Senate Bill 514 (Amendment One.)

Governor

Walter Dalton

Walter Dalton

One of the most important reasons to vote in this year's presidential election? North Carolina gubernatorial candidate Walter Dalton. The Democratic hopeful came out early against Amendment One, joining the campaign to defeat the discriminatory rewrite by saying "this issue isn't a priority for anyone who's been listening to the real concerns of working families during these hard times...I'm voting against Amendment One." His disapproval of the amendment was especially notable given his 2005 support of a similar amendment while a state senator, acknowledging during the Amendment One fight: “ I was wrong back then.” His strong background of public service and public evolution on this LGBT issue makes him the Equality NC choice for governor to balance out a legislature currently on a slow path back to a more pro-equality majority. | Campaign Website | Follow him at @WalterDalton

Council of State

Lt. Governor

Linda Coleman

Linda Coleman

With her pledge to move North Carolina forward, Greenville native Linda Coleman was one of the first candidates for public office in North Carolina to speak out against Amendment One, encouraging North Carolina voters to educate themselves on the potential harms of the broadly-worded constitutional rewrite. As a former school teacher, Human Resources Director for the State of North Carolina, Wake County Commissioner Chair, state legislator and Director of the Office of State Personnel, Coleman has tremendous experience to back her "21st century vision." | Candidate Website | Follow her at @Coleman4LtGov

Secretary of State

Elaine Marshall

Elaine Marshall

Following her 2010 run for the U.S. Senate, Elaine Marshall is back in the Secretary of State race, pledging to ensure transparency and reduce undue influence of special interests in the legislature. Following her stint on a state commission charged with the difficult task if deciphering the impact of Amendment One, Marshall came out against the discriminatory constitutional revision, writing "Amendment One is an ill-conceived & dangerous idea. I'm voting against it on May 8th. Will you join me?" We do. | Campaign Website | Follow her at @Elaine4NC

Attorney General

Roy Cooper

Roy Cooper

Long-time Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper runs unopposed for reelection in this year. In a surprising move, North Carolina's highest-ranking law enforcement official came out publicly against Amendment One. In a statement to supporters, the state's top cop called the change to the state constitution "unclear, unwise and unnecessary." | Campaign Website

Superintendent of Public Schools

June Atkinson

June Atkinson

Dr. June Atkinson, North Carolina's long-time state superintendent of public instruction says she's working hard to counter increases in public school bullying by implementing legislation like the landmark School Violence Prevention Act which also protects LGBT-identified students. Atkinson also came out against Amendment One, saying "As adults we need to set a good example. And for that reason, I believe it's not the best interest of our children or our state for the amendment to pass." | Campaign Website | Follow her at @DrJuneAtkinson

State Treasurer

Janet Cowell

Janet Cowell

Treasurer Janet Cowell is North Carolina's first woman to win the post. A self-professed "progressive on social issues," the Wharton School of Business grad has demonstrated a bi-partisan approach to solving problems, even in this time of extreme political polarization, while also effectively advancing diversity programs that award leadership positions to women and minorities. | Campaign Website | Follow her at @JanetCowell

State Auditor

Beth Wood

Beth Wood

North Carolina State Auditor Beth Wood, a CPA with decades of experience in both public service and private practice, is seeking re-election to the office where she has had a tremendous impact. This focused public servant will continue to be "a watchdog for our tax dollars." | Campaign Website

Insurance Commissioner

Wayne Goodwin

Wayne Goodwin

First elected in 2008, Wayne Goodwin is the state's current Democratic Commissioner of Insurance. As NC Policywatch reported, in his time in office, Goodwin was one of only four insurance commissioners on a key national task force who refused to endorse a plan that would weaken consumer protections in the new federal health care law and is known for pushing "pushing a common sense compromise and tell him to help keep health reform strong." | Campaign Website | Follow him at @WayneGoodwinNC

Supreme Court

Sam Ervin IV

Sam Ervin IV

The most important reason to turn over your ballot this year? Sam Ervin IV. As the Raleigh News & Observer put it, "the second most watched race in North Carolina after the presidential race may not be the governor's race, but the N.C. Supreme Court race." That's because the race between GOP Justice Paul Newby and his Democratic challenger, Sam Ervin could tip the balance of the court, deciding everything from the legislative redistricting case that will likely be heard by the court next year, to any possible decisions drifting from the recent passage of Amendment One. If Ervin wins and Republicans lose their majority on the state Supreme Court, much of what a very conservative legislature has done could be overturned after inevitable lawsuits work their way up the judicial ladder. | Campaign Website

Court of Appeals

Wanda G. Bryant

Wanda Bryant

Judge Wanda G. Bryant has served on the North Carolina Court of Appeals since 2001. She brings almost thirty years of exemplary experience and public service to the state’s second highest court, where she is fourth in seniority on that 15-member Court. Native to North Carolina, Judge Bryant is oft-lauded for her fairness, her integrity, her strong work ethic, and her common-sense approach to work and life learned in her close-knit community in Brunswick County. | Campaign Website

Linda McGee

Linda McGee

Judge Linda McGee has served for 17 years as a judge on the North Carolina Court of Appeals. She is the second most senior judge on the Court and the longest-serving woman judge in the history of the Court. She has authored more than 2,000 opinions and helped decide more than 6,000 cases. Her service on the Court of Appeals is distinguished by two qualities: she is fair, and she follows the law. | Campaign Website

Cressie Thigpen

Cressie Thigpen

Judge Cressie Thigpen brings more than 40 years of legal experience to the state's second highest court, writing "what I provide in my courtroom, always, is a fair, unbiased forum, so that when every case comes before me, the people involved know they have a judge who will make a decision that is impartial and based on the law...The people of North Carolina deserve no less." | Campaign Website

State House of Representatives

Angela R. Bryant | District 7

Angela Bryant

(Incumbent, Representing Halifax & Nash Counties)
Angela R. Bryant is a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives representing the 7th district since her appointment in January 2007. This three-term eastern NC ally voted against Amendment One, supports employment non-discrimination and is considered a friend to LGBT North Carolinians. | Campaign Website

Susi Hamilton | District 18

Susi Hamilton

(Incumbent, Representing New Hanover County)
State Rep. Susi Hamilton represents House District 18, which includes parts of New Hanover County. During the Amendment One fight, this Wilmington businesswoman seeking her second term in the State House could often be found at an anti-Amendment One rally or forum, calling the constitutional rewrite "divisive and discriminatory." | Campaign Website

Jean Farmer-Butterfield | District 24

Jean Farmer-Butterfield

(Incumbent, Representing Edgecombe, Wilson Counties)
A long-time advocate for equality, five-term incumbent Democratic Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield stood firm against Amendment One from the House floor, pointing out that the constitutional rewrite's broadly-worded language could put vulnerable populations at risk, saying "the constitution should protect rights of individuals, and not limit their protections." | NCGA Page

Larry Hall | District 29

Larry Hall

(Incumbent, Representing Durham County)
One of the most vocal and valuable opponents of Amendment One was Rep. Larry Hall, a four-term incumbent from anti-Amendment One Durham County. Hall joined fellow representatives from the North Carolina General Assembly and the NAACP to speak at press conferences, rallies, forums and even the 2011 Equality Conference about the harms of this discriminatory rewrite, calling it "the wrong way to go." | Campaign Website

Paul Luebke | District 30

Paul Luebke

(Incumbent, Representing Durham County)
Rep. Paul Luebke is considered a strong ally for equality, and with good reason: he not only voted against Amendment One, but openly scolded anti-LGBT lawmakers for not allowing any public debate, telling all who would hear it from the floor, "this is just wrong." The self-professed Progressive Democrat supports LGBT rights and believes sexual orientation and gender identity should be included in the state's anti-discrimination law, and actively worked to include sexual orientation and gender identity in North Carolina's historic anti-bullying legislation (School Violence Prevention Act) that passed the General Assembly in 2009. | NCGA Page

Mickey Michaux, Jr. | District 31

Mickey Michaux

(Incumbent, Representing Durham County)
Seventeen-term Rep. Mickey Michaux stood as a strong ally for equality in 2011. In his ardent opposition to Amendment One from the floor of the General Assembly and beyond this champion of equality quoted the Constitution's "right to the pursuit of happiness," and reaffirmed it was for "everyone."  | NCGA Page

Rosa Gill | District 33

Rosa Gill

(Incumbent, Representing Wake County)
A strong advocate for families and vulnerable communities, Rep. Rosa Gill, a retired teacher who served on the Wake County Board of Education for 10 years, encouraged voter participation against Amendment One during the 2012 primary election.  | Campaign Website

Deborah K. Ross | District 34

Deborah Ross

(Incumbent, Representing Wake County)
In a legislative year that sought to silence women, Rep. Deborah Ross remained a vocal and active fighter against Amendment One at events all across the Triangle region. The five-term representative even scolded pro-Amendment One lawmakers from the floor of the General Assembly, saying "The next generation does not view this the way that you do. The next generation is more open, more loving, more tolerant. I frankly trust the next generation more than I trust my elders." | Campaign Website

Jason Wunsch | District 37

Jason Wunsch

(Challenging Paul "Skip" Stam, Representing Wake County)
District 37 challenger Jason Wunsch has our strong support in his tough race for House District 37 not only because he garnered a perfect score on our Equality NC LGBT issue-based questionnaire, and actively urged people to vote against Amendment One, but also because Wunsch is taking on Rep. Paul "Skip" Stam, the anti-equality legislator who was the most public proponent of Amendment One and who did so by comparing same-sex marriage to polygamy and adult incest.  | Campaign Website

Yvonne Holley | District 38

Yvonne Holley

(Open Seat, Representing Wake County)
As candidate for District 38 of the N.C. House Yvonne Holley is a pro-equality leader dedicated to righting the wrongs of the current conservative legislative majority. As she told the Raleigh Public Record, "I think that [the General Assembly has] spent so much time promoting a political agenda... I think that’s part of what the marriage amendment is. They’re spending time doing that kind of thing as opposed to really looking at how they can help people in the district during a hard time." | Campaign Website

Darren G. Jackson | District 39

Darren Jackson

(Incumbent, Representing Wake County)
Two-term incumbent Darren Jackson serves Wake County and voted with his county against Amendment One, telling the Independent Weekly, "It is my belief that freedom means freedom for everyone. If you can't be free to make the most personal decisions about who to dedicate your life to, what are you free to decide?" | Campaign Website

Watt Jones | District 40

Watt Jones

(Running Against Marilyn Avila, Representing Wake County)
Democrat William "Watt" Jones of Wake Forest is running for the North Carolina House in District 40 against Amendment One supporter Marilyn Avila. Jones, originally from Nags Head and a former Chief of Police in Bunn and Morrisville, publicly opposed Amendment One and called for the election of legislators who "benefit ALL citizens of North Carolina." | Campaign Website | @WattJones

Jim Messina | District 41

Jim Messina

(Running Against Rep. Tom Murry, Representing Wake County)
Amendment One opponent Jim Messina is the Democratic candidate seeking to unseat Tom Murry and represent Western Wake County. The advocate for equality wrote on his website of the anti-LGBT constitutional rewrite, "Do not use North Carolina’s Constitution to indiscriminately punish our fellow citizens. This is a waste of precious time and money." | Campaign Website

Marvin W. Lucas | District 42

Marvin Lucas

(Incumbent, Representing Cumberland County)
A true advocate for equality, this six-term, retired principal representing Cumberland County voted against Amendment One and supported the historic School Violence Prevention Act providing protections from bullying for children based on sexual orientation and gender identity. | NCGA Page

Rick Glazier | District 44

Rick Glazier

(Incumbent, Representing Cumberland County)
One of the most vocal opponents of Amendment One was Rick Glazier, who from the floor of the General Assembly told his fellow legislators that they sought to amend the constitution "not on the merits, but because of our fear," opened a press conference introducing the campaign to defeat Amendment One with a stirring 11-minute speech, and participated in numerous rallies, debates and public forums with the goal of stopping the discriminatory rewrite. | Campaign Website | Follow him at @RickGlazier

Eddie Dees | District 45

Eddie Dees

(Open Seat, Representing Cumberland County)
Fired up and ready to lead in the fast-growing Fayetteville area, the pro-equality Eddie Dees was born and raised in Hope Mills, is a former three-term mayor of Hope Mills, and a former columnist for the Fayetteville Observer Times. | Campaign Website

Keith Karlsson | District 49

Keith Karlsson

(Open Seat, Representing Raleigh & Wake County)
Scoring high marks on LGBT issues, this former Wake County Democratic Party chairman says he's running for the North Carolina House of Representatives for District 49 because the Republican-controlled legislature has focused on "an extremist ideological agenda" rather than job creation. | Campaign Website

Valerie Foushee | District 50

Valerie Foushee

(Open Seat, Representing Caswell & Orange Counties)
Running for the seat vacated by Rep. Bill Faison, Valerie Foushee is the pro-equality choice to represent Caswell and Orange Counties. The proof is in the political pudding: Foushee told the Independent Weekly that a principled stand she'd be willing to take if elected (even if it cost her votes) was "opposition to Amendment One." | Campaign Website

Deborah McManus | District 54

Deb McManus

(Representing Chatham County)
A veteran of the Chatham County Board of Education, Deb McManus is a committed pro-equality leader who was a constant figure at anti-Amendment One events throughout the campaign. When asked by the Independent Weekly whether she would vote against Amendment One, she unequivocally said "I will vote AGAINST Amendment One, and speak against it when I am campaigning. My mother is a Cherokee Indian and my father is white. When they married, it was illegal for a person of color to marry a white person. No one should be denied the right to marry a person of their choosing. Of course, I also opposed this amendment because it would deny many children and many domestic partners the benefits that they now already have." | Campaign Website

Verla Insko | District 56

Verla Insko

(Incumbent, Representing Orange County)
During her 16 years in the N.C. House, incumbent Rep. Verla Insko has been a pro-equality leader, co-sponsoring the historic School Violence Prevention Act and fighting against Amendment One, noting from the House floor the many gay couples in her church: "God accepts them the way they are. Why can't we?"| Campaign Website

Pricey Harrison | District 57

Pricey Harrison

(Incumbent, Representing Guilford County)
Four-term Rep. Pricey Harrison is an unwavering and vocal advocate for equality. From the House floor, Harrison famously spoke of how Amendment One would impact her own family, tearing up as she talked about her lesbian sister: "What kind of signal are we sending her?" | Campaign Website

Alma Adams | District 58

Alma Adams

(Incumbent, Representing Guilford County)
During her fight against Amendment One from the floor of the General Assembly, Rep. Alma Adams made one of the more memorable arguments against the constitutional rewrite that banned relationship recognitions for gay and lesbian couples, saying, "I continue to support and believe in marriage...I believe in it so much, I did it twice....each time with the opposite sex, but that was my choice. I've always voted against any legislation that discriminates...and this bill clearly does that." | Campaign Website

Marcus Brandon | District 60

Marcus Brandon

(Incumbent, Representing Guilford County)
Arguably the most visible opponent of Amendment One was openly gay Rep. Marcus Brandon, who famously responded to those who used their religion to justify the discriminatory constitutional rewrite, saying "there is nothing Jesus about that law." | Campaign Website

Patty Philipps | District 63

Patty Philipps

(Open Seat, Representing Alamance County)
Patty Philipps, who is running for N.C. House in District 63 and had a perfect score on Equality NC's LGBT issue-based questionaire, spent nine years on the Mebane City Council, proclaiming “Mebane’s in pretty darn good shape” with residential, industrial and retail strength. | Campaign Website

Evelyn Terry | District 71

Evelyn Terry

(Open Seat, Representing Forsyth County)
A potential pro-equality player out of the Triad region and the pro-equality choice in this district, Evelyn Terry is a long-time, outspoken community activist who replaced her husband, Fred Terry, on the Winston-Salem City Council in 2005, where she served until 2010. | Campaign Website

David Moore | District 74

David Moore

(Open Seat, Representing Forsyth County)
Moore, an Amendment One opponent who scored high marks on LGBT issues, filed to run for District 74 after its current representative, Amendment One sponsor Dale Folwell, announced he would not seek re-election. His opponent, Debra Conrad, like Folwell, is an anti-LGBT archconservative. | Campaign Website

JR Edwards | District 85

JR Edwards

(Running Against Mitch Gillespie, Representing McDowell County)
A McDowell County Democrat, JR Edwards is challenging six-term incumbent Republican Mitch Gillespie who said placing Amendment One on the ballot was "the right thing to do… it fulfills the democratic process by allowing everyone to vote." With McDowell County's fast-growing LGBT population, a more supportive representative would likely represent a breath of western NC fresh air for the region.

Jim Cates | District 86

Jim Cates

(Running Against Hugh Blackwell, Representing Burke County)
Jim Cates, who received a perfect score on Equality NC's LGBT issue-based questionnaire, is a former chairman of the Burke County Democratic Party, a retired educator and businessman. Cates will face two-term incumbent Hugh Blackwell, a supporter of Amendment One. | Campaign Website

Martha Alexander | District 88

Martha Alexander

(Incumbent, Representing Mecklenburg County)
Following a season of redistricting targeting female legislators, Martha Alexander, a Democratic member of the North Carolina House of Representatives who has represented District 106 since 1993, faces a tough race in a difficult swing district. Her pro-equality voting record and high marks on LGBT issues make her an important ally in a county that voted against Amendment One. | NCGA Page

Robin Bradford | District 92

Robin Bradford

(Representing Mecklenburg County)
As an Executive Board Member of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg NAACP, Robin Bradford is a respected community activist dedicated to advocating on behalf of women, minorities and families, who is unafraid to stand up for her beliefs. With a high score on the Equality NC LGBT issues-based questionnaire, she's a candidate we can get behind in anti-Amendment One Mecklenburg County. | Campaign Website

Cullie Tarleton | District 93

Cullie Tarleton

(Running Against Jonathan Jordan, Representing Ashe & Watauga Counties)
Cullie Tarleton is a former two-term legislator and primary sponsor of the School Violence Prevention Act, historic 2009 legislation that sought to make all kids--including LGBT-identified kids--safer at school. Tarleton, who is running against Amendment One advocate incumbent Jonathan Jordan, can pull out a win in all-important Watauga County, a region that voted against Amendment One and is home to pro-equality students and activists alike. | Campaign Website

Rodney Moore | District 99

Rodney Moore

(Incumbent, Representing Meckenburg County)
Incumbent Rep. Rodney Moore, representing anti-Amendment One Mecklenburg County, voted against the discriminatory constitutional rewrite, joining votes against other forms of discrimination against vulnerable groups like women and racial minorities. | NCGA Page

Tricia Cotham | District 100

Tricia Cotham

(Incumbent, Representing Mecklenburg County)
Pro-equality incumbent Rep. Tricia Cotham was one of the most vocal opponents of Amendment One. Countless times, Cotham joined fellow representatives from the North Carolina General Assembly to speak at press conferences, rallies, and forums about the harms of this discriminatory rewrite, even holding her own house party to raise money to defeat the measure on our Race to the Ballot. | Campaign Website

Becky Carney | District 102

Becky Carney

(incumbent, Representing Mecklenburg County)
Representative Becky Carney started in politics in 1996, when she was elected to the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners where she served three terms as an At-Large member. This active, five-term incumbent is "on-board with equality," actively speaking out against Amendment One in the Queen City and beyond. | NCGA Page

Kelly Alexander | District 107

Kelly Alexander

(Unopposed, Representing Mecklenburg County)
When Kelly Alexander, a Democratic candidate running unopposed in anti-Amendment One Mecklenburg County, was asked by the The Charlotte Post prior to the May 2012 primary whether he supported Amendment One, he responded, "No. A constitution is no place to enshrine discrimination." This pairs with Alexander's perfect score on Equality NC's LGBT issues-based questionnaire and our strong endorsement of the Charlotte funeral director for NC House. | Campaign Website

Jamar McKoy | District 110

Jamar McKoy

(Running Against Kelly Hastings, Cleveland & Gaston Counties)
Democratic challenger Jamar McKoy is seeking to represent District 110 in conservative Cleveland and Gaston Counties. The pro-equality choice, McKoy ran unopposed in the Democratic primary and will face Amendment One supporter Kelly Hastings in the general election. | Campaign Website

Susan C. Fisher | District 114

Susan Fisher

(Incumbent, Representing Buncombe County)
Rep. Susan Fisher is considered a long-time, trusted friend to the LGBT community, and with good reason: she not only voted against Amendment One, but openly scolded anti-equality lawmakers who would seek to marginalize individuals who want equality. The self-professed Progressive Democrat supports LGBT rights, believes sexual orientation and gender identity should be included in the state's anti-discrimination law and actively sponsored the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity in the K-12 anti-bullying legislation (School Violence Prevention Act) that passed the General Assembly in 2009. | Campaign Website

Susan E. Wilson | District 115

Susan Wilson

(Open Seat, Representing Buncombe County)
Openly-lesbian candidate Susan Wilson faces anti-equality Nathan Ramsey for the open seat in House District 115, part of anti-Amendment One Buncombe County. Wilson promises progressive change for the region, with a perfect score on the Equality NC LGBT issue-based questionnaire and a pledge to put "people above politics." | Campaign Website

Jane Whilden | District 116

Jane Whilden

(Running Against Tim Moffitt, Representing Buncombe County)
Jane Whilden is running against Amendment One supporter and one-term incumbent Republican Tim Moffitt in anti-Amendment One Buncombe County. Whilden is a former state House representative who received a perfect score on Equality NC's LGBT issue-based questionnaire and represents a strong advocate for women and equal rights who criticizes current legislative leadership for using "hot-button social issues" in "divide-and-conquer politics." | Campaign Website | Follow her at @JaneForNCHouse

State Senate

Danny Hefner | District 8

Danny Hefner

(Running Against Bill Rabon, Representing Brunswick, Bladen, Pender and part of New Hanover Counties)
Pro-equality Democrat and former Marine Danny Hefner is challenging pro-Amendment One incumbent Bill Rabon. Hefner was a very public opponent of Amendment One, going so far as to denounce the discriminatory constitutional rewrite at Eastern NC events and rallies, in one case saying (with his two sons in tow), “(Amendment One) needs to be obliterated; it needs to be destroyed...Chief Justice (Earl) Warren established that ‘marriage is the most basic of all civil rights.’” | Campaign Website

Deb Butler | District 9

Deb Butler

(Running Against Thom Goolsby, Representing New Hanover County)
One of the most exciting candidates in the 2012 field is openly-gay and ardently pro-equality candidate Deb Butler who seeks to unseat Amendment One supporter Thom Gooslby in the anti-Amendment One county of New Hanover. Butler's savvy campaign work and common sense solutions for getting people back to work and working for families makes for a strong challenger in a vulnerable district for a conservative incumbent. | Campaign Website

Clarence A. Bender | District 11

Clarence Bender

(Running Against Buck Newton, Representing Nash County)
Clarence A. Bender is running for the District 11 Senate seat in Nash County. He currently serves as a Commissioner in rural Castalia. Commissioner Bender states on his website that he has "a strong belief that our North Carolina Constitution exists to protect rights for all North Carolinians, not subtract from them." Commissioner Bender is running against Senator E. S. (Buck) Newton, a one-term Senator and supporter of Amendment One. | Campaign Website

Dan Blue | District 14

Dan Blue

(Incumbent, Representing Wake County)
Friend to equality Daniel Blue, Jr. is a Democratic member of the North Carolina Senate, representing the state's 14th Senate district since his appointment in 2009. Sen. Blue served in the North Carolina House of Representatives from 1981 through 2002, and was elected Speaker in 1991. He returned to the House from 2006 through his 2009 Senate appointment and adamantly opposed Amendment One. | Campaign Website

Sig Hutchinson | District 15

Sig Hutchinson

(Challenging Neal Hunt, Representing Wake County)
Sig Hutchinson, a prominent Raleigh Democrat and environmental advocate, is up against four-term Republican Senator Neal Hunt in a tight Wake County race. Hutchinson's high marks on the Equality NC questionnaire calling for LGBT equality makes him the clear choice over Amendment One supporter Neal Hunt in anti-Amendment One Wake County. | Campaign Website

Josh Stein | District 16

Josh Stein

(Incumbent, Representing Wake County)
Sen. Josh Stein is considered a strong ally to equality, and with good reason: he not only voted against Amendment One, but openly admonished conservative lawmakers on the Senate floor saying, "Most of us have gay neighbors, co-workers, friends and family members. Know that if you vote for this amendment, you will cause them pain." The progressive Democrat supports LGBT rights and believes sexual orientation and gender identity should be included in the state's anti-discrimination law and actively worked to include sexual orientation and gender identity in the K-12 anti-bullying legislation (School Violence Prevention Act) that passed the General Assembly in 2009. | Campaign Website

Erv Portman | District 17

Erv Portman

(Open Seat, Representing Wake County)
Wake County Commissioner Erv Portman is seeking Republican Senator Richard Stevens vacant District 17 seat in southwestern Wake County. Portman was a vocal opponent of Amendment One, leading a failed attempt to stop a Wake County Commission resolution supporting the amendment, and famously blasting Commission Chair Paul Coble for stifling anti-Amendment One public comment, saying "with all due respect Commissioner, you put this issue on the agenda today, you need to allow these individuals to speak." | Campaign Website

Doug Berger | District 18

Doug Berger

(Incumbent, Representing Wake & Franklin Counties)
Sen. Doug Berger is a pro-equality candidate running in one of North Carolina's most competitive N.C. Senate races against a staunchly anti-equality candidate. How do we know? Berger’s opponent Chad Barefoot is the son-in-law of Tami Fitzgerald, the woman who headed up the pro-Amendment One campaign and who also has very close ties to other ultra conservative, anti-LGBT hate groups across the state and nation. Barefoot was also the policy aide for Paul "Skip" Stam, author (and most vocal legislative supporter) of Amendment One. | Campaign Website

Floyd McKissick, Jr. | District 20

Floyd McKissick, Jr.

(Incumbent, Representing Durham County)
Two-term state Sen. Floyd McKissick, always a friend to equality, was an adamant opponent of Amendment One, saying the amendment would amount to “enshrine[ing] discrimination in the state constitution," and likening Amendment One to the clause of the U.S. Constitution that, until the Civil War, established that black slaves were worth just three-fifths of a person. | NCGA Page

Mike Woodard | District 22

Mike Woodard

(Representing Caswell, Person & Durham Counties)
Durham City Councilman Mike Woodard is a progressive Democrat who was a visible and vocal opponent of Amendment One, participating in events and rallies to draw attention to the Amendment One harms, and even sponsoring the City of Durham's resolution opposing the discriminatory constitutional rewrite. | Campaign Website

Ellie Kinnaird | District 23

Ellie Kinnaird

(Incumbent, Representing Orange & Person Counties)
Arguably one of the North Carolina General Assembly's most progressive and pro-equality politicians, Senator Ellie Kinnaird has consistently proposed and voted for legislation that reflects the values and concerns of her constituents, including fighting for laws that provide equal protection for all. Whether it's support for the Racial Justice Act or fighting to protect all NC families by opposing the proposed Amendment One on the ballot, Kinnaird is key. | Campaign Website

Myra Slone | District 27

Myra Slone

(Running Against Trudy Wade, Representing Guilford County)
Myra Slone, a long-time resident of Guilford County, is a strong advocate for equality. She is facing a tough election cycle against Greensboro City Councilwoman Trudy Wade, the only vote to oppose a City Resolution AGAINST Amendment One. In stark contrast to her opponent, Myra spent countless hours phone banking and knocking on doors to educate citizens about what Amendment One really meant for LGBT North Carolinians. She also attended Race to the Ballot events as a straight ally and supporter of equality. | Campaign Website

Delmas Parker | District 31

Delmas Parker

(Running Against Peter Brunstetter, Representing Forsyth County)
Delmas Parker, a retired educator and civic leader, is challenging Forsyth County Senator Peter Brunstetter. As the author of Senate Bill 514, better known as Amendment One, Sen. Brunstetter and his wife played a key role in working towards the passage of this discriminatory measure. Delmas Parker's election would end an era of bullying in this part of the state and help ensure similar legislation is not passed in the future.

Daniel Clodfelter | District 37

Daniel Clodfelter

(Incumbent, Representing Mecklenburg County)
Daniel G. Clodfelter is a Democratic member of the North Carolina General Assembly representing the State's 37th Senate district, which includes constituents in Mecklenburg County. Sen. Clodfelter has led with integrity during his seven terms as a state senator in the anti-Amendment One Meck of the woods. | NCGA Page

Malcolm Graham | District 40

Malcolm Graham

(Incumbent, Representing Mecklenburg County)
Four-term incumbent Senator Malcolm Graham received high marks for his beliefs in LGBT equality, endorsing employment non-discrimination protections for LGBT employees, safe schools for LGBT-identified children and a repeal of Amendment One. | NCGA Page

Ross Bulla | District 44

Ross Bulla

(Open Seat, Representing Gaston, Iredell & Lincoln Counties)
Ross Bulla is successful businessman who is running for the recently redistricted seat of Amendment One primary sponsor, the late Senator James Forrestor. Bulla is firm in his “commitment to those who live, work, worship, play, or attend school in cities, townships, and communities throughout Lincoln, Gaston, and Iredell Counties…. And when bills are wasteful, unhelpful, harmful, or unjust, Bulla has pledged to remain firm and steadfast to amend or defeat them.” In stark contrast, David Curtis, Mr. Bulla’s opponent, promises this on his campaign website: “I want to continue the family values legacy of Dr. Forrester. Family values are under attack from many quarters: the Democratic Party, the American Civil Liberties union, and the court system. If elected, I will work hard to defend family values in North Carolina.” | Campaign Website

Roy J. Carter | District 45

Dr. Roy J. Carter

(Running Against Dan Soucek, Representing Alexander, Ashe, Watauga & Wilkes Counties)
Dr. Roy J. Carter is running in the High Country area in a tough Republican district against vocal Amendment One sponsor, incumbent Senator Dan Soucek. In an interview on May 3, 2012, Dr. Carter told the media that he has openly discussed LGBT issues like Amendment One with members of the gay community and left the conversations with what he felt was a better understanding of their side of the argument, as well as new friends. He attests that "hate has no place in the discussion." Dan Soucek, on the other hand, praises the benefits of small government, except when it comes to legislating the lives of LGBT North Carolinians. Even though the majority in his home county voted against Amendment One, Soucek touts his primary sponsorship of the amendment on his website, calling it a measure that "protects our families."| Campaign Website

John T. McDevitt | District 46

John T. McDevitt

(Running Against Warren Daniel, Representing Burke & Cleveland Counties)
John T. McDevitt successfully served as the Sheriff of Burke County for 13 years. After a 37-year law enforcement career, he retired to seek the 46th Senate seat against one-term incumbent and Amendment One supporter Sen. Warren Daniel. Mr. McDevitt’s core values revolve around family, faith, hard work and independence. "To him, these values mean helping a neighbor in need, working together for the good of the community, treating others with respect and dignity and standing up for what you believe is right, even when it is not the popular thing to do." | Campaign Website | Follow him at @JohnMcDevittNC

Martin Nesbitt | District 49

Martin Nesbitt

(Incumbent, Representing Buncombe County)
Democratic House Minority Leader Martin L. Nesbitt, Jr. represents District 49, which includes anti-Amendment One Buncombe County. The pro-equality leader fought the constitutional rewrite from the Senate floor, stating that this type of amendment brings out the worst in people and was all about putting certain people “at the bottom of the barrel.” He added, “Surely, we’re better than this.” | NCGA Page

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