PA PAC Endorses Eagles for Court of Appeals, Adams for Soil and Water, and supports Durham County Bonds

September 8, 2016

Contact Tom Miller, (919) 599-7618, tom-miller1@nc.rr.com

Milo Pyne, (919) 943-9327, milopyne@yahoo.com

(Durham, NC) - At its endorsement meeting Tuesday, the People’s Alliance Political Action Committee voted to endorse Wake County District Court Judge Margaret Eagles for the vacant Geer seat on the North Carolina Court of Appeals.

PAC members were impressed by Eagles’s legal career in public service.  Eagles worked in the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office from 2001 to 2004 handling complicated environmental issues.  As an assistant attorney general, she also had an active appellate practice giving her an excellent understanding of the duties of judges serving on the Court of Appeals.  In 2009, Eagles became a district court judge in Wake County.  Her N. C. Bar Association judicial survey rating is 4.28 – placing her among the highest rated judges in the state.  Attorney members of the PAC argued that her experience as a trial judge make her an ideal candidate for the appellate courts.  “With seven years’ experience presiding over every kind of case at the trial level and a record of excellence as a judge, Margaret Eagles is exactly the kind of person we want serving on the North Carolina Court of Appeals.” said attorney and PA PAC coordinator, Tom Miller.  The opening on the 15-member court became available earlier this year when veteran judge Martha Geer stepped down to go into private practice.  Also running is Hunter Murphy, an attorney from Waynesville in private practice.  Eagles is a registered democrat.  Murphy is currently registered as a republican.  Don Buie, an attorney in Winston-Salem, also filed for the seat, but subsequently suspended his campaign.

PA PAC also endorsed Danielle Adams for a seat on the Durham County Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors.

With eight years of experience in this position, Danielle Adams has a strong record of progressive service to the people of Durham and North Carolina.  Adams received the Outstanding District Supervisor of the Year award from the North Carolina Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts in 2012 and, in 2014, she was selected as a fellow to the Young Climate Leaders Network.  “We support Danielle because of her passion for a greener, healthier way of living, and a cleaner and safer environment.  She will continue to focus on educating the residents and the business owners of Durham on sustainability, restoration, preservation, and conservation.” said Milo Pyne, an ecologist and coordinator for PA PAC.  Opposing Adams is Michael Van Sickle of Durham.

At Tuesday’s meeting, PAC members also endorsed all four of the Durham County Bond issues.  The Durham County Board of Commissioners has laid $170 million in bonds before the electorate to pay for:

Education, $90,870,000, including a new Northern High School and renovations to Eno Valley Elementary School;

Libraries, $44,725,000, including a major enlargement and overhaul of the aging main library downtown;

Durham Technical Community College; $20,195,000, including new facilities for automotive and construction training; and

The North Carolina Museum of Life and Science, $14,210,000, including parking facilities and new space for exhibits and education.

At the meeting, PAC members argued for the bonds noting that each of the bonds issues will support enhanced public education in a growing Durham county.  Fortunately, Durham County enjoys an excellent Aa-1 bond rating.

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About PA PAC

For 40 years, the People’s Alliance Political Action Committee has been a vital part of the political life of Durham. PA PAC takes the business of candidate endorsements very seriously. Candidates are asked to submit responses to questionnaires designed to test their political positions and their understanding of important issues.  At the PAC’s endorsement meetings, every member stands on an equal footing in the debate and everyone who wishes to be heard is given the opportunity to speak.  Endorsements are decided not by a small committee, but by a vote of the whole membership.  To learn more about the People’s Alliance and its PAC, visit www.durhampa.org and www.peoplesalliancepac.org .