Erica Smith for the U.S. Senate

Just as Martin Luther King Jr. supported people over power, so does Erica Smith

LENOIR, N.C. — In October 2019, The Raleigh News & Observer reported “National Democrats … have endorsed Cal Cunningham in the (U.S. Senate) Democratic primary in the state.” It further reported that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is the official fundraising arm for Senate Democrats.

… in light of North Carolina’s recent record on oppressing voting rights of minorities, it’s ironic for the party to choose a white man over a black woman before the primary.

This decision by the national party bosses is not good for North Carolina voters for at least three reasons. First, it means, despite the lessons of 2016, the Democrats are still trying to choose winners and losers. That’s quite undemocratic. Second, in light of North Carolina’s recent record on oppressing voting rights of minorities, it’s ironic for the party to choose a white man over a black woman before the primary. It seems appropriate to alert unaware voters about this on the weekend we commemorate the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Third, Smith’s professional and state senate record suggests she will stand for the most poor and vulnerable in our nation, as did Dr. King, which I believe is the first call of an elected official.

N.C. State Senator Erica Smith

So, I endorse Erica Smith for the U.S. Senate.

She will be a formidable foe for Thom Tillis because she stands for voting rights, for the environment, for education, healthcare and the economy. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “I am not interested in power for power’s sake, but I’m interested in power that is moral, that is right and that is good.”

That describes the Erica Smith I’ve met, and why I endorse her for the U.S. Senate. However, I do so without millions of dollars to throw her way, so y’all get out there and vote for her.

Learn more about Erica Smith’s campaign here.

The North Carolina 2020 primary is Tuesday, March 3. Early voting runs from Feb. 13 – Feb. 29 (check with local Board of Elections for details), and Feb. 25 is the last day to request an absentee ballot.

Because of a court ruling, Voter ID is NOT required for the primary.

© Michael M. Barrick, 2020.