G.K. Butterfield's experience as a civil rights attorney opened his eyes to the issues facing the underrepresented. He's spent much of his political career fighting for the middle and lower class, attacking poverty, hunger, and infringements upon voting rights. Butterfield, the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, was also instrumental in preventing the deportation of Durham teen Wildin Acosta. Those are only a few of the reasons we're backing him.
Another is that his opponent, H. Powell Dew Jr.—he of the Mountain Dew-themed campaign signs—argues that "moral landmarks" are being "eroded" by the "liberal agenda." Dew hates Obamacare and the Iran nuclear deal, both of which we mostly like. He called North Carolina's attempt to limit voting rights a move to "protect the integrity of our elections," is anti-gun control, and loathes a woman's right to choose. So, needless to say, we won't be doing the Dew.
Since his election in 2012, George Holding has aligned himself with the fringes of the Republican Party: anti-abortion, pro-tax cuts, and repeating the oft-heard line that we need a "strong military." He also endorsed Ted Cruz in the primary and said in May that transgender people using the bathroom consistent with their gender identity was a "situation which defies common sense."
His opponent, John McNeil, is a Raleigh lawyer who served as a marine in the Gulf War; in contrast to Holding, a grade-A chicken hawk, McNeil is staunchly anti-war. In fact, McNeil is largely cut from the same cloth as Senator Bernie Sanders, who champions smarter, more equitable tax policies, ending the "war on drugs," and opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership. We strongly endorse him.
Since 1987—though he lost in '94 and was reelected in '96—David Price has ably represented Durham and Chapel Hill in Congress, and he more than deserves another trip to Washington, D.C. The genial Price is, in many ways, a conventional if low-key North Carolina Democrat, progressive but not quite a rabble rouser. But Price is nonetheless a tireless and dedicated public servant who has striven since the Reagan administration to better the lives and fortunes of everyone in North Carolina. Most recently, he's been a foremost proponent of ending an indefensible ban on federal funding for gun violence research and, in his role as ranking Democrat on the appropriations subcommittee overseeing transportation and urban development, has been focused on infrastructure and affordable housing. He has also cosponsored legislation to restore the Voting Rights Act and proposes major investments in infrastructure, hiking the minimum wage, reducing the cost of higher education, and implementing a public option to help shore up the Affordable Care Act.
Price—a political scientist before he became a politician—bemoans the gridlock and Congress and seems irritated by the gamesmanship that has become so prevalent, which he rightly blames on the influx of money in politics and the toxic effects of gerrymandering. Still, he says, "there is still hope for bipartisan cooperation." Maybe so, but only if there are more members of Congress like David Price.
His long-shot opponent, the libertarian-leaning Sue Googe, advocates a dramatic reduction of the corporate tax rate, securing the border, and dismisses gun control legislation as futile. (Her campaign has put out a photo of her proudly holding an assault rifle in one hand and a shotgun in the other.) No thanks.
He believes in putting the middle class back to work and wants kids to start school at three years old instead of five. He's against Trump's stupid Mexican wall and, for the most part, represents a fairly reliable "yea" vote on issues that matter to progressive-minded North Carolinians.
But Pete Glidewell, despite receiving our endorsement, is someone we should keep an eye on should he win. His defeatist stance on common-sense gun control—he thinks it is "naïve" and unlikely to pass through Congress—gives us pause. But he's still better than anti-gay marriage, anti-abortion, Obamacare-hating incumbent Mark Walker. This year, that's enough.