March 1, 2018
DLCC Communications Director
WASHINGTON — Today Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) Executive Director Jessica Post announced record-breaking Democratic candidate recruitment for the North Carolina state legislature.
North Carolina Democrats have candidates running in each of the 170 districts – 120 state House districts, and 50 state Senate districts – on the ballot. The talented slate of Democratic candidates includes educators, veterans, small business owners, and lawyers. And of the 218 Democrats running for state legislature, 81 are women.
“For the first time ever, every single voter in North Carolina will have the chance to vote for a state Democrat this November,” said Post. “We are seeing Democrats all over the country rise up and add their name to the ballot to defend our values against the Trump administration’s right-wing agenda. Thanks to Senate Democratic Leader Dan Blue and House Democratic Leader Darren Jackson, this is a pivotal moment for Democrats in North Carolina and we are officially putting Republicans and their gerrymandered maps on notice. Democrats are fired up and ready to put in the hard work to make real change happen in our state legislatures.”
- Kirk deViere, SD-19: A veteran and small business owner, Kirk is a city councilman with a strong record of advocating for the needs of his community.
- Helen Probst Mills, SD-25: Helen is a community leader, mother of three, lawyer and cancer survivor who is fighting for strong public schools and better access to health care for all.
- Raymond Smith, HD-21: A retired military policeman and member of the Wayne County Board of Education, Raymond now works as a professor of human resources development at Johnston Community College.
- The Rev. James Gailliard, HD-25: As a pastor at World Tabernacle Church and the CEO of a non-profit focused on community and economic development in eastern North Carolina, the Rev. Gailliard is running for the state House to further his dedication to public service and his community.
- Julie von Haefen, HD-36: Julie is a PTA leader at the school, county, and state level and a fierce advocate for North Carolina’s public schools.
- Sydney Batch, HD-37: Sydney is a lawyer, social worker, child welfare advocate and she founded and is a senior partner at the law firm Batch, Poore, & Williams, PC in Raleigh.
- Ashton Clemmons, HD-57: An educator and assistant superintendent of Thomasville City Schools, Ashton was named one of the Triad Business Journal’s “40 Leaders under 40” and has also been honored by the United Way with its Human Rights Advocate award.
- Dr. Rick Foulke, HD-68: An army veteran turned doctor, Rick has helped treat active duty troops and their families, inspiring his lifelong advocacy for veterans’ rights.
- Bryson Jones, HD-79: A New Bern resident and Marine Corps veteran, Bryson joined the Marines after the September 11 terrorist attacks and is running for office to continue his record of service to his county and his community.
- Ray Russell, HD-93: Ray is a former NASA cockpit designer and currently teaches computer science at Appalachian State University. He recently received “Business of the Year” from the Boone Chamber of Commerce for his site RaysWeather.com, which provides custom weather services for the Southern Appalachian region.
- Rachel Hunt, HD-103: The daughter of former Governor Jim Hunt, Rachel knows what it means to serve the public. After working as a family lawyer for over 20 years, she created Charlotte School Search LLC, a firm that helps parents find the right school for their children, and works as an education consultant.