DoctorD, Crisco is not nearly as strong of a candidate as Aiken. Anyone who watched the primary debate could tell you that.
Do you have a discussion on your website as to why you picked Clay Aiken over Keith Crisco for the Democratic nomination for U.S. House District 2? Also why you picked Renee Elmers over "abstain" on the Republican side?
Robert - thank you for pointing out the typo. I have corrected it. Happy voting!
Thanks, SouthernMama. We too wish we could publish endorsements for every Wake municipality. However, we simply don't have the staff, resources or expertise to cover every race.
However, (as you noticed) Bob Geary wrote about the Apex Town Council race this week: http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/two-women…
I think it would be helpful for the Indy to publish, at least online, voter guides for the many municipalities in Wake County. The folks who live outside of Cary and Raleigh make up more of the population of Wake than those who live inside C and R. Whom does the Indy endorse for the following municipalities?
Apex: three moderate/progressive candidates running
Fuquay-Varina: four moderate/progressives running
Garner: one moderate/progressive running
Holly Springs: two moderate/progressives running
Knightdale: three moderate/progressives running
Morrisville: six moderate/progressives running
Rolesville: one moderate/progressive running
Wake: two moderate/progressives running
Zebulon: four moderate/progressives running
First of all, I want to congratulate the incumbents on their endorsements. All three have impressive records on the Board and are well known in the community. As a challenger, I expect to be at a disadvantage. It is true that I have not had the opportunity to participate in various task forces and committees and enact policies that come as a result of being an elected official. While I appreciate the acknowledgment of my “charms”, I do in fact stand for substantial issues facing our town.
There is a serious employment and housing inequality crisis in Carrboro that has progressively worsened to the point where there are few permanent residents between the ages of 22 and 30. We cannot offer them any employment opportunities or affordable housing, and as a recent graduate/stay-at-home father in a one-income family, I understand this struggle. Despite being hailed as a walkable and bikable town, the majority of our children still arrive to school by car or bus when it would be more convenient, and encourage active lifestyles, to walk or bike.
I would like to encourage citizens to visit my website, www.kurtstolka.com and learn more about my views, see my responses during live forums and to various questionnaires, and learn more about me as a serious and dedicated candidate for Carrboro Board of Alderman.
"Amusing. With one exception, this was essentially the Democratic party ticket, including judicial and bond issues. Can you explain what value you provide to voters above just going to the Dem party website?"
Really good questions. Unfortunately, I haven't taken the time to research every candidate for every race (Ag anyone?) and based on the Independent's history of social justice and shared responsibility I am willing to take their word on on the less sexy races, and it just so happens that the democrats appear to be fielding candidates who seem more appealing than the republicans. I'd love to see more independent candidates but we have to make do with what we have in elections, anyone want to run my campaign?
Besides, republicans in general wanted to pass the constitutional amendment banning marriage equality and I wouldn't want to vote for anyone who spent millions adding a constitutional amendment against something that was already illegal in NC and did little but sully our national reputation.
In all disclosure - I'm in the wedding Industry and would have loved the extra work, instead people are traveling to f*cking New Hampshire. New Hampshire!!!
- Jason Huggins
What happened to the discussion of Cherie Berry and link to an alternate view* of her?
ummmmmmm.........how about the one exception?
I certainly trust the Independent more than the Democratic party when it comes to politics.
Amusing. With one exception, this was essentially the Democratic party ticket, including judicial and bond issues. Can you explain what value you provide to voters above just going to the Dem party website?
Just a data point: I almost lost my vote last year because I had my phone out in the booth. The lady finally relented, though.
Hi Sarah et al.,
The print function has been repaired and you should have no further problems with printing our voting guide or endorsement pages. Please let me know if you do. Thanks!
I apologize for the inconvenience. It appears our print function is broken across the board. We are working diligently to repair it. I will comment again here when things are functioning properly. In the meantime, please know that our voting guide displays beautifully on a smartphone so you can take it with you!
Sarah, thanks for letting us know. We're working on the problem.
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I'm really surprised that you guys didn't really say much of anything about John Owens. He's young but he's the only one with a completely new perspective, and he knows both the budget and the issues better than any of the other candidates, including long-time incumbents. He's displayed this at numerous opportunities. Shame on you Indy!
Plus, he has hilarious video ads:
As an unaffiliated voter is my vote more important in choosing Democrat or Republican candidates?
Today is the beginning of early voting and Over the past thirty years, I have served the people of North Carolina as a soldier and served in Iraq. I also volunteered and went to New Orleans in support of Katrina. I have had a number of jobs in state government, but only one career – public service.
With that core value at heart, I am running for the Democratic House District 39 so that I c...an continue advocating on behalf of the public interest, continue fighting for change, and continue making North Carolina a better state.
As your state representative, I will help strengthen our public schools by recruiting and retaining the best teachers possible, expanding access to quality pre-Kindergarten programs, and addressing the achievement gap. I will expand access to affordable health care to ensure that all children and seniors have health insurance. I will also work with the rest of the Wake County delegation to deal with the challenges resulting from Wake County’s explosive growth by improving our public transportation system and tackling our water shortages and create economic opportunities to protect people from exploitation by powerful interests.
I want you to know how passionate I am about the issues that matter to North Carolinians. And I will get up every morning and work as hard as I did to win this race and take that passion to the floor of the North Carolina House of Representative.
But I’ve learned that winning depends on more than just hard work: It depends on people like you. I respectfully ask for your support and would be honored to partner with you on the issues we care about. More important than winning, however, is governing. I want to be your Representative in the North Carolina House and one that you will be proud to have helped elect.
I hope I can count on you to join me in this campaign for change. And if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at (919)247-5152. Thank you for your consideration.
If you're voting the Indy Endorsement on County Commissioner, you should really check out John Owens for your fifth vote. John is easily the most progressive candidate, he's running the strongest challenger campaign, and he represents an important shift away from the status quo.
The website is chock full of policy ideas and issue commentary, check it out: www.TeamOwens.com
The Duke Democrats endorsed John saying:
"We believe John Owens is the single strongest candidate; among the fourteen candidates, we appreciate that at forums and in questionnaires, he is rarely evasive, and speaks directly and honestly without obfuscating his beliefs or his intentions. This quality is uncommon in any politician—and is sorely needed given the lack of transparency in Durham government. Some participants in Durham politics accuse Durham’s “progressive left” of being out-of-touch with the needs of low-income Durham residents—Owens’ life-story and background speak directly to his understanding of the role in government in helping to support citizens in their pathway out of poverty."
Rev Carl Kenney (who also used to write for the Indy) enthusiastically endorsed John on his popular blog, the Rev-Elution.
This kid has the stuff. I call him kid out of respect for what he brings, youthfulness, a fresh approach, an amazing understanding of the issues and a departure from business as usual in Durham [...]
Those in office may be a bit out of touch, and we need some new blood running the show. [...] The Rev-elution can see past the birth certificate. He’s among the best ”
We posted this on the other thread, but it bears repeating:
Please use your fifth vote for John Owens... and vote AGAINST Amendment 1!
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