The People’s Alliance endorses Nida Allam for the Durham Board of County Commissioners. Nida is a uniquely talented candidate that brings experience in budgeting, analytics, and strategic thinking – including
serving as a political director for Bernie Sanders’ 2016 campaign. More importantly, she shows a passion in using her talents to empower marginalized communities, and be inclusive when finding solutions. Nida is a
staunch advocate for universal pre-K, increasing access to affordable housing, and addressing poverty. Overall, the People’s Alliance believes that the parts of her platform that target the Durham’s systemic inequities
strongly align with the values that PA strives for.
The People’s Alliance endorses Wendy Jacobs for the Durham Board of County Commissioners. Wendy is seeking her third term as County Commissioner and we believe she will continue to fight for progressive solutions to the issues that we face in Durham. Throughout her last two terms Wendy has made it clear that she is devoted to combating the structural racial and economic inequities in our community. We are convinced that Wendy’s hard work and leadership will continue help unify the elected boards in Durham to fight for the needs of vulnerable communities. In her first two terms Wendy has taken a leading role in establishing a plan for Durham’s aging population. Wendy has also proven herself as a fierce advocate for
Durham’s early childhood education programs and expanding solar energy in our schools. During her time as a County Commissioner Wendy has shown that she is able to give the time to offer leadership and her expertise
on the myriad of programs funded by our County. We believe she will continue to be a strong presence for another term.
The People's Alliance supports Matt Kopac. He is the candidate who can help us grow in line with our values of equity, health, and environmental sustainability. We are at a pivotal moment in our county planning process when we must consider how climate change affects us as a community, all of us. Matt will work to bring the Green Deal to Durham to make our community more resilient in the face of environmental injustice and climate change. Matt is uniquely able to lead on these issues even as he promises that he will not and knows that he can not do it alone. As a bridge-builder, he brings people together to listen and to understand their lives, their truths, and their joys in Durham. He has a unique perspective from his work in the Peace Corps, grassroots work in the U.S., public policy, local organizing, and his career at Burt’s Bees. He sees the world differently from most politicians and makes the effort to meet people different from himself to better understand the world from other people’s points of view. That is important in a public servant, and we look forward to seeing the difference he will make in Durham.
PA PAC endorses Ronnie Chatterji for State Treasurer. We singled out Ronnie Chatterji for endorsement because we found his vision of how the State Treasurer’s office can be used to better achieve an equitable, green and just North Carolina compelling. Ronnie understands that the primary functions of the Treasurer’s office are to manage the state health plan for employees and retirees in a way that assures high quality health care for all employees and retirees and to manage the state’s $95 billion pension fund to assure that it provides a secure retirement for all state retirees. But he also understands that as Treasurer, he can leverage the buying power of the health plan to lower health care costs and improve quality of care for everyone in North Carolina and that he can leverage the huge investment power of the treasurer’s office to generate very real environmental and social returns. In his words: “having $95 billion under management is akin to having 95 billion votes on the future of how the economy works and who benefits from economic growth. I want North Carolina to be a leader in that conversation and make sure that we are building a portfolio that will perform well over the long-term as issues like climate change, racial diversity and gender equity only become more important.” Ronnie backs up this vision with considerable expertise. He is an expert on healthcare and social impact investing. He served as a senior economist on President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisors as well as on two state level commissions in Governor Cooper’s administration.