Update Nov 17, 2018: Erica McAdoo conceded to Stephen Moss after a hard-fought campaign. Ross won by 298 votes.
Update Nov 7, 2018: The race is too close to call, McAdoo has not conceded. McAdoo is behind Moss by 295 votes, 15,089/50.49% to 14,794/49.51%.
Update Oct 29, 2018: Burlington church hosts Alamance County candidates, Legislative Candidates Face Off, report on a forum between the NC House and Senate candidates in this district.
Our hearts ache to see the devastation of our neighbors across the state as the hurricane lingers. We'll share more thoughts about the political implications later; for now, we're sharing our concern and some resource links if you're moved to donate or volunteer with recovery efforts:
- Gov Cooper's site for information and donations: Rebuild NC
- NC Climate Justice, NC Warn, Democracy NC and other orgs: A Just Florence Recovery
- Vetted, on-the-ground relief organizations in Eastern NC: Blueprint NC/Act Blue
Stamp NC Blue PAC has kicked off a special, one-time, round of postcards to registered NC voters encouraging them to vote for Anita Earls for NC Supreme Court in November. Find out more, donate, and volunteer for this new effort and share the link! We're continuing our focus on each of our selected districts, introducing the candidates who are running and providing some background info about the area. Stamp NC Blue supports the progressive values of NC's Democratic candidates.
We are staying close to the Triangle today for a look at NC House District (HD)-63. HD-63 includes Burlington, part of Mebane and parts of Alamance County. HD-63 has a population of ~76,775. In many ways this district is fairly typical of North Carolina, with demographic data, income, employment levels and education levels tracking at right around the state averages. Voter registration: 39.3% Democrat, 32.4% Republican, 27.8% unaffiliated; 55.1% female. Learn more about NC HD-63 here and more about its political history here.
Erica McAdoo was born and raised in North Carolina and has lived her entire life in the state. She lists her key priorities as education, in particular school funding and teacher pay, access to training and improving worker skills to attract employers to Alamance county, affordable health care, a reform of the foster care system, a livable wage and fair districting for North Carolina. She has been endorsed by Our Shot NC. Campaign website, Facebook page. Republicans are worried about this race, they've tried twice (unsuccessfully) to smear her: false felony suggestion, Not-so-oppo.
Stephen M Moss is the Republican incumbent. Like his opponent, he has spent his whole life in North Carolina. Although his website doesn't detail his policy platform, he lists these attributes and priorities: "protecting our values", "putting students first", "conservative businessman", "family man" and "honest leader". See his legislative history here. Campaign website, Facebook page.
Find out more about this area from Visit Alamance County here.
Original text by Natasha Lambert, updated by Patti Rieser.