On April 30, Governor Cooper proposed Durham Senator Floyd McKissick, Jr. for a seat on the North Carolina Utilities Commission. Senator McKissick is one of three nominees for the commission included in an appointments bill now being considered in the North Carolina General Assembly. Bills confirming appointments exclusively in the Governor’s control customarily pass. When during the current legislative session the bill may pass is uncertain. As with previous vacancies where the vacancy is not filled by an elected official or elected body, People's Alliance PAC will not make an endorsement.
At a membership meeting held on April 22 and attended by over 140 members of the People’s Alliance, the PA membership elected the following PA members to serve as PAC coordinators for the 2020 election cycle.
Rochelle Sparko (2020 presidential election only)
Any current member of the People’s Alliance may stand for election to serve as a PAC coordinator, and additional PAC coordinators may be appointed to fill vacancies or to provide additional support to PA members during busy election cycles. For information on becoming a PAC coordinator, please contact the People’s Alliance PAC here.
Chief Justice Cheri Beasley to address People’s Alliance April 22
North Carolina Chief Justice Cheri Beasley will address members of the People’s Alliance and People’s Alliance PAC on Monday, April 22 at Motorco (723 Rigsbee Ave in Durham) at 6:30pm (doors open at 5:30). Membership meetings of the People’s Alliance and People’s Alliance PAC will follow to consider changes to the PA bylaws and the rules governing PA PAC endorsement meetings (see below for details on the five proposed changes under consideration). There will also be an election for PA PAC coordinators to serve two-year terms (through the 2020 election cycle).
RSVP for the meeting here.
About Chief Justice Cheri Beasley
Chief Justice Cheri Beasley began her 20-year judicial career as a District Court judge in Cumberland County, North Carolina in 1999. After ten years of service, she was elected to serve as an Associate Judge on the North Carolina Court of Appeals. She was then appointed by Governor Perdue to fill the vacancy on the North Carolina Supreme Court created by the retirement of Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson in 2012.
In the Supreme Court’s 200-year history, Chief Justice Beasley is the eighth woman and only the second African-American woman to serve on the Court. With her appointment by Governor Cooper in March 2019, Beasley became the first African-American woman to serve as Chief Justice of the state’s highest Court.
About the People’s Alliance and People’s Alliance PAC membership meetings
The People’s Alliance and the People’s Alliance PAC have reviewed the requirements for membership and voting in endorsement meetings and are proposing a series of changes that we believe will make the process fairer. These changes are the result of over a year of conversations with people within and outside PA and were informed by the results of a survey completed by over 200 PA members. Read more about why we believe these changes are necessary and how they will affect the endorsement process here.
Coordinators are elected by People’s Alliance members to implement the priorities of the People’s Alliance through electoral politics. While People’s Alliance PAC is a separate and independent organization, PAC coordinators must be members of PA in good standing and must be elected for two-year terms. Experience in electoral politics is helpful but not required.
Duties include: planning and executing election strategy; organizing endorsement meetings for approximately 500 People’s Alliance members; planning and serving on candidate interview committees, producing an endorsement mailer for over 40,000 Durham voters, managing and analyzing voter registration and election data, managing the PAC website, communicating with members and candidates about the endorsement process, and raising an annual PAC budget of $40-50,000 per cycle.
Coordinators should be able to commit at least 10-15 hours per week, including a weekly in-person meeting. Coordinators should also be available to provide frequent and timely responses to PAC-related emails from coordinators, the PA board, PA members, candidates, and elected officials. Coordinators must be able to commit to supporting a fair and impartial endorsement process that gives new candidates and incumbents an equal chance at receiving the PA endorsement and not seek public office themselves during their two-year term.
Members should submit a short statement of interest here by April 9.