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Raleigh – Today, the North Carolina Senate and House Democratic Caucuses, together with the North Carolina Democratic Party, launched “Our Carolina Promise,” a positive, unified agenda for North Carolina and a vision for what the state would look like with more Democrats in the legislature.
The platform represents a commitment to shared Democratic values and priorities and is composed of four major issues: A Promise to Our Jobs; A Promise to Our Schools; A Promise to Our Health and Safety; and A Promise to Our People.
“For decades, Democrats have been committed to building and investing in institutions that promote equality and success for every person,” Senate Democratic Leader Dan Blue said. “But there is more work to be done on behalf of North Carolinians. We want people to know exactly what we’re fighting for in Raleigh and that we stand with them to create a brighter future.”
“House Democrats and Democratic candidates will carry our message on schools, jobs, and public health and safety to all 120 districts in North Carolina,” House Democratic Leader Darren Jackson said. “We look forward to advancing this agenda with a new General Assembly in 2019.”
“With a candidate in every single legislative seat and a clear, positive promise to our citizens, Democrats are fighting this November to create a North Carolina with more jobs, better health care, a more accountable government, and stronger, safer schools,” North Carolina Democratic Party Chair Wayne Goodwin said.
Democrats across North Carolina launched “Our Carolina Promise” earlier today in six simultaneous press conferences. Each press conference focused on a specific portion of the promise:
- In Raleigh, leaders Blue and Jackson outlined the full “Our Carolina Promise” platform and discussed how this vision is promise to our shared Democratic values and priorities.
- In Pitt County, Sen. Smith and Rep. Farmer-Butterfield shared at local small business Pitt Street Brewing Company a promise for our jobs, a vision of an economy that invests in rural areas to bridge the urban-rural divide.
- In Asheville, at the Minnie Jones Health Center, Sen. Van Duyn and Rep. Fisher made a promise to our health and safety that begins with expanding Medicaid and fighting the opioid crisis.
- On the steps of the Mecklenburg Government Center, Sen. Jackson and Reps. Beasley and Carney outlined the need for a promise to our peoplecentered on creating an independent redistricting commission after years of gerrymandering rigged our elections.
- In Greensboro, at North Carolina A&T University, Sen. Robinson and Rep. Quick made a promise to our schools focused on raising teacher pay, investing in our schools, and expanding early childhood education opportunities.
- In Wilmington, Rep. Butler and NCDP chair Wayne Goodwin stood near the Cape Fear River to outline a promise to our health, focusing on Democrats’ commitment to protect our drinking water and clean air from harmful chemicals such as GenX.
The announcement comes less than a week after primaries across the state confirmed Democratic enthusiasm heading into the 2018 General Election. Although Republicans had 11 more races on the ballot than Democrats, Democratic primary candidates received nearly 20% more votes; Democratic performance in early voting led analysts to proclaim, “there is enthusiasm at the grassroots level among Democrats.”
New polling from Spectrum News illuminates that Democratic enthusiasm. North Carolina is moving in the right direction under Governor Cooper and voters’ outlook on the state has seen a “complete turn-around,” swinging 20 points in the positive direction in seven months. Voters support generic Democratic legislators by 7 points, while more than one-in-three (35%) voters disapproves of the GOP-controlled legislature.
Democrats are backed by Break the Majority, a strategic partnership between Governor Cooper and NCDP to invest resources and expertise in key state level races. Last month, Break the Majority announced the initial targeted Republican districts.