Over 45 Candidates Seek People's Alliance PAC Endorsement

This year, your People's Alliance PAC was honored to have larger participation by candidates in its endorsement process than ever before. That candidates up and down the ballot want to be a part of the PA PAC's endorsement process speaks to the value of our endorsement locally and state-wide.

The PA PAC relies on volunteers to vet candidates and make thoughtful recommendations to the membership. For the 2020 election, we had four interview committees. 

  • The state interview committee interviewed 20 candidates, including candidates for US Senate down to State House. More statewide candidates than ever before sought our endorsement in 2020.
  • The education committee interviewed all five of the candidates for the Durham Board of Education
  • The law committee interviewed eight candidates for NC Court of Appeals and NC Supreme Court.
  • The local interview committee interviewed nine candidates for Board of County Commissioners.

All told, 25 people volunteered to serve on interview committees and vetted over 40 candidates. Please join PA PAC in thanking everyone who took part in the process. It's been a heavy lift in a very short amount of time, and we appreciate the volunteers and the candidates who helped make this the largest endorsement process in PA PAC's history.

The People's Alliance PAC endorsement is valuable because voters trust the process, and we are able to publicize our endorsements by sending mailers to likely voters and placing paid pollworkers at high-turnout early voting and election day polls. Paying for mailers and for the time of our pollworkers is expensive and worth every penny; we ask that you support the continued influence of the PA PAC by making a donation today.

 


2020 PA PAC Endorsement Meeting

People's Alliance PAC 2020 Endorsement Meeting Scheduled for Tuesday, January 14

PA PAC members will meet at Shepard Magnet Middle School (2401 Dakota Street, Durham, NC 27707) on Tuesday, January 14 at 7pm to debate and endorse those candidates for local and statewide races, in preparation for the March 3, 2020 statewide primary, who share our progressive values. 

RSVP to the Endorsement Meeting here.

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2020 Candidate Questionnaires

Note that PA PAC did not create questionnaires for the following offices: US President, NC Commission of Labor, NC Commissioner of Agriculture, NC Auditor, NC Attorney General, NC Commissioner of Insurance, NC Secretary of State, NC Superior Court Judge District 14A, NC District Court Judge District 14, or Durham County Register of Deeds.

PA PAC reached out to all candidates (regardless of party affiliation) for offices for which we created questionnaires, and offered them the opportunity to participate in the endorsement process. Those candidates with links below their names chose to participate. Candidates for each office are listed in alphabetical order by last name.

Durham County Board of County Commissioners

Nida Allam (DEM)

Questionnaire

Resume

Nate Baker (DEM)

Questionnaire

Resume

LeVon Barnes (DEM)

Questionnaire

Resume

Nimasheena Burns (DEM)

Questionnaire

Resume

Bio

Patrick Byker (DEM)

Statement

Heidi Carter (DEM)

Questionnaire

Resume

Tara Fikes (DEM)

Questionnaire

Resume

Fred Foster Jr. (DEM)

James Hill (DEM)

Brenda Howerton (DEM)

Questionnaire

Resume

Wendy Jacobs (DEM)

Questionnaire

Resume

Matt Kopac (DEM)

Questionnaire

Resume

Regina Mays (DEM)

Bio

Michael Page (DEM)

Questionnaire

Resume

John Rooks Jr. (DEM)

Questionnaire

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Joining PA and voting at the January 2020 endorsement meeting

The People’s Alliance PAC is working to schedule the 2020 endorsement meeting in preparation for the March 3, 2020, statewide primary election.  While there is still much to discuss on the recent municipal election, we wanted to provide an update and notice on several key deadlines for the meeting.

We expect to hold this year’s endorsement meeting on January 14, 15 or 16, and possibly later than that date.  You must be a People’s Alliance member to participate in the endorsement meeting.  

For existing PA members, and lapsed members who have not yet renewed their membership for the 2019 calendar year, you can renew online at any time up before the endorsement meeting to speak on behalf of a candidate and vote for your preferred candidates.

For people who are considering PA membership and would like to attend and vote at the endorsement meeting, you must join PA at least 60 days before the endorsement meeting--or November 15.  While the endorsement meeting may be held later than January 14 due to venue availability, it will not be held earlier than that date, so any new members that join on or before November 15 will be assured of the ability to vote at the endorsement meeting.

New members who join less than 60 days before the January endorsement meeting may attend the meeting and speak on behalf of candidates but may not vote to endorse a candidate at that meeting.  They will be able to vote at all subsequent endorsement meetings if they renew their memberships in advance of the meeting.

New members that have joined PA for the first time on or after October 1, 2019, but before the November 15 deadline will be able to vote at the January endorsement meeting.  While memberships typically expire at the end of the calendar year, new members that have joined since October 1 will have their memberships extended to expire December 31, 2020. 

We expect to notify members of the date and venue in the coming weeks.


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