Carl Rist: Why I support Sen. Floyd B. McKissick, Jr.

Sen. Floyd McKissick has been one of Durham's stalwart progressive political leaders for the last 25+ years. Serving first for eight years on the Durham city council and, since 2007, in the North Carolina Senate, Floyd has served Durham with distinction on progressive issues ranging from sustainable development to racial justice.  I am particularly proud of the national recognition that Floyd received as the primary sponsor of North Carolina's Racial Justice Act. He has also introduced legislation which has served as a national model for automatic expunctions, and he is the co-sponsor of legislation which recently passed the NC Senate that will recodify and update North Carolina's land use and zoning laws.  Much of Floyd's time in the North Carolina Senate has coincided with the Republican takeover of the General Assembly.  During this time, he has been an energetic, passionate, and unwavering voice for progressive values and Durham's interests.  And he has also held important leadership positions in the Senate, such as chairing the North Carolina Legislative Black Caucus from 2010 to 2012.

Apart from all of his accomplishments, distinguished service and accolades, though, the reason I am most excited about supporting Floyd is that he has always been a personable, accessible, open, friendly and immensely knowledgeable public servant who does his homework and represents us well.  He has my wholehearted support, and I encourage you to vote for Floyd to represent District 20 in the NC Senate.

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