Update Oct 4, 2018: link to coverage of a candidate debate.
Our hearts ache to see the devastation of our neighbors across the state as the hurricane lingers. We'll share thoughts about the political implications soon; 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.
House District (HD)-93 is in the northwest of the state and includes the beautiful tourist hot spot of Boone and parts of Ashe and Watauga counties. HD-93 has a population of ~78,737 and is much less diverse than the state average, with over 90% of its residents identifying as white. Although both employment and median income for the district is close to the state average, this masks some quite significant differences from place to place within the district, with some towns having 100% employment whilst others have employment rates of under 70%. This inequality is also reflected in the median household income, which ranges from over $73,000 in Seven Devils to $14,500 in Boone (heavily populated by college students).
Voter registration: 36.5% unaffiliated, 34.8% Republican, and 27.8% Democrat; 52.9% are women. This district is represented by Republican Jonathan Jordan, who was elected with 53% of the vote in the last elections and has represented the district since 2010. Learn more about NC HD-93's political history here.
Democratic candidate Ray Russell describes himself as a "businessman, minister, teacher and scientist". He is a computer science professor at Appalachian State University and is known for his work as founder and president of Ray's Weather. Russell describes his political principles as "Listen, Respect, Lead." He has been endorsed by Our Shot NC, Now or Never NC, and environmental organizations, as well as retired Ashe County Sheriff James Williams and former Boone Mayor Loretta Clawson. For more information, check out his website and Facebook page.
Republican Jonathan Jordan has represented the district since 2010 and won the May 8 primary with 79% of the Republican votes. Here are his campaign website and Facebook page. He serves on multiple committees in the NCGA and is a partner in the law firm Jordan and Jordan Law Offices PLLC. For more information about his legislative record (he votes with his party consistently), check out his entry on Ballotpedia and Real Facts NC.
Original text by Natasha Lambert, updated by Patti Rieser.