This is dispatch, where should we direct your call? While some of you have already cast your absentee ballots — nearly 48,000 Mecklenburg County residents had done so at the time of this writing — those who have waited for in-person voting can do so beginning with the launch of early voting on Oct. 15. Cooper – a 63-year-old Democrat who is a native of North Carolina – is seeking reelection in a year where he has been tasked with guiding the state through hurdles presented by the coronavirus pandemic. Subscribe to WUNC's Politics Podcast, and follow reporters Rusty Jacobs and Jeff Tiberii on Twitter. You may have heard that there’s a big election coming up, but there’s actually a ton of big elections coming up in 2020! Both candidates already serve in elected office: Republican Josh Dobson in the state House, and Jessica Holmes on the Wake County Commissioners. Prior to that appointment, Davis had served on the Court of Appeals since 2013, worked in private practice and was also general counsel for former Gov. The many laws and programs under its jurisdiction affect virtually every person in the state in one way or another. By winning in 2016, Roy Cooper made former Republican Governor Pat McCrory the first sitting North Carolina governor to lose a re-election bid. Styers has worked as an attorney, judicial clerk and law professor. Robinson won out over eight other candidates in a crowded GOP primary, including state Sen. Andy Wells. Jen Mangrum, 56, holds degrees from UNC-Wilmington, ECU and UNC-Greensboro, and has been a teacher or professor in the state since 1987. Catherine Truitt, 49, has degrees from the University of Maryland and the University of Washington and has worked in schools since 1997. She supports the legalization of cannabis, calling it “a viable pathway forward for our farmers.” During a virtual candidate forum on Sept. 9, Wadsworth said she wants a garden on the grounds of every school in the state and called the state’s child hunger rate “criminal.” Both Troxler and Wadsworth are famers and graduates of N.C. State University. While Wadsworth is passionate about progressive issues like climate change and marijuana legalization, this race is important for the simple fact that these folks oversee the inspection of our food. It’s Jackson’s first race in a newly drawn district, but his popularity is only growing and there shouldn’t be much of a challenge, especially with two challengers. In 2016, Troxler won more than 68 percent of the vote. Sept. 18 projections from FiveThirtyEight shows Cunningham having an advantage in the race, the margin ranging from four to 11 points, depending on the poll. I am pleased to give him my full, unqualified endorsement.” “It would be an honor to serve as commissioner of Labor and I look forward to earning the support of the people of North Carolina,” said Dobson in his prepared statement. Beyond the presidential race (you’ve heard enough about that by now), there are 40 contested races on the ballot in Mecklenburg County for the 2020 elections., though how many you have on your own ballot will depend on where you live. Name recognition aside, she was pretty awful on workers’ rights. Dobson, from McDowell County, will succeed retiring Commissioner Cherie Berry after beating Democratic nominee Jessica Holmes, a Wake County commissioner. Previously, he was the Interim Chief Deputy Secretary of Adult Corrections and Juvenile Justice. Cunningham unsuccessfully ran for U.S. Senate in 2010, but this time around has broken a state record for U.S. Senate fundraising by passing the $7.4 million mark in July. Brook was previously the Legal Director for the ACLU of North Carolina. A complaint filed on Oct. 5 claims Dobson received more than $90,000 in government payments for housing, meals, and travel since 2017 for expenses he never incurred because he used campaign funds to pay for them. She succeeded Mark Martin, who retired. She was elected to the office in 2010 and is the vice chair of the board. Republican Senator Thom Tillis met Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham for a socially distanced debate on Monday. She was previously a District Court Judge and an assistant DA for Guilford County. Hunt has been busy sponsoring bills since, while Brawley is itching to get back to his key focal points: human trafficking, education and state road improvements. Lora Cubbage has been a Superior Court Judge since 2016 and is currently serving a term in Judicial District 18 that ends in 2026. Dillon has also worked in private practice, banking and real estate. As the author of the notorious HB2 law and winner of the never-ending 2018-19 District 9 race that ended in charges for Republican operatives and two failed bids by Democratic Dan McCready, Bishop wears his infamy like a well-fitting jacket. He is a graduate of UNC-Charlotte and Campbell University School of Law. Following the death of longtime Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Tillis said he would support President Donald Trump's nominee. Sen. Thom Tillis has held this seat since 2014, when he defeated Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan. Paul Newby, 65, has been an Associate Justice on the North Carolina Supreme Court since 2004. If there’s one thing we can county on from Alexander, it’s an annual bill to legalize marijuana in N.C. Rivette is running on a law-and-order campaign and said he “never knew a police officer to overstep their bounds.” (Listen to Alexander’s appearance on our Nooze Hounds podcast.). There are also three contested races taking place as Republicans try to break back into a 9-0 Democrat majority. Holmes told Indy Week in 2019, “I believe that workers deserve a better advocate. The two candidates — Republican state Rep. Josh Dobson, R-McDowell, and Democratic county commissioner Jessica Holmes — would take drastically different approaches to that, and labor issues generally. In addition to casting their ballot in the race for the White House, North Carolinians will also vote in statewide races for governor, lieutenant governor, U.S. Senate, the state attorney general, the state supreme court, and U.S. House races. (Listen to Best’s appearance on our Nooze Hounds podcast.). Mangrum has said that “equality in education” is her top priority, while Truitt said hers is to “ensure all NC students have the opportunity to receive a high quality education.”, Dale Folwell, 61, is a former member of the North Carolina General Assembly and is seeking his second term as state treasurer. Mangrum ran unsuccessfully for state Senate in 2018. April Wood, 47, has been a District Court Judge in Judicial District 22B since 2002, winning reelection four straight times. She began her career in law as a public defender in North Carolina’s 12th District and later became a District Court Judge there. The two sparred over the pandemic, systemic racism, and each other’s records. A former factory worker, Robinson is an advocate for gun rights and gained fame after a video of him speaking at a Greensboro City Council meeting in 2018 went viral. Gov. O’Neill is a three-term AG out in Forsyth County, looking to move up in the world as he challenges Stein, who was sworn in alongside Gov. Like Puckett, Ridenhour is back to fight for the seat he lost in 2018. Brawley is back after the back-alley brawl that was 2018, in which Hunt unseated him in a narrow win. Gray Styers, 57, has degrees from Wake Forest and UNC-Chapel Hill. Josh Dobson (Republican Party) is a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 85. The North Carolina General Assembly recently enacted legislation to ease absentee-by-mail voting this year and to make polls safer for in-person voting during the coronavirus pandemic. Cooper, she’s running her first campaign now against a challenger who’s no newbie; he’s served on the N.C. Supreme Court for 16 years. Josh Dobson is the right person for the job and would be a phenomenal choice for Labor commissioner. Cooper and Forest will debate on Oct. 14. He assumed office on January 29, 2013. Sykes has been endorsed by the Susan B. Anthony List, an anti-abortion non-profit. ), Mohammed continues to fight for youth in the justice system, while his challenger has been mostly missing from the race. Causey was the first Republican elected to the post in state history. Beasley said she's already begun working to identify and remedy any racial inequities. Commissioner of Labor: Josh Dobson (Republican) vs. Jessica Holmes (Democrat) BREAKING: We’ll have new elevator royalty. Okure is a Nigerian immigrant who is big on Christianity and says he’s running on “governmental responsibility and accountability, family values, human dignity, protection of the unborn children, and the celebrated uniqueness and distinctions between man and woman.” Oh boy. And this year, more voters than ever before are expected to cast their ballots by-mail. He assumed office on January 29, 2013. Let’s just hope it only takes one round of voting this time. Now attorney Joel Levy is running on an anti-crime and homelessness platform to try to get the seat back to the Republicans. Judging from their recent debate, Josh Dobson and Jessica Holmes have chosen to elevate their discussion above the usual muck to focus on … He is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and also teaches classes there and at Campbell University. Republican Josh Dobson, a state legislator, defeated Chuck Stanley and Pearl Burris Floyd for the nomination for labor commissioner. Mike Causey, 70, has held this job since 2017 after defeating Wayne Goodwin, 53, in the 2016 election. In 2017, O’Neill talked to WUNC about when and how his office pursues the death penalty. He has a master’s degree in public … Third-party candidates: Kevin Hayes (C) and Shannon Bray (L). In addition to putting Joe Biden in the White House, taking back control of the U.S. Senate is a priority for Democrats this year, and Cal Cunningham winning this seat would go a long way in helping them accomplish that goal. WUNC Voter Guide (L = Libertarian Party; C = Constitution Party). Democrat Roy Cooper (left), the incumbent, faces Republican Lt. Gov Dan Forest in the 2020 race for Governor. An economist with degrees from UC Berkeley and Cornell, Chatterji once served on President Barack Obama's Council of Economic Advisers. Roy Cooper after serving as an Associate Justice since 2012. Dobson supports North Carolina’s right-to-work laws, deregulation, and economic reopening. Beverly Perdue. Chris Brook, 40, is also a UNC-Chapel Hill graduate and was appointed to the Court of Appeals last year. More than a tenth of registered voters in North Carolina have requested absentee ballots this year — significantly higher than in previous elections. Jenna Wadsworth, 31, is currently serving as the Wake County Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor. Now she’s retiring, and another Republican state representative, Josh Dobson of McDowell County, is running to replace her. Criticizing him nearly every step of the way has been Lt. Gov. Cubbage has degrees from N.C. A&T and UNC-Chapel Hill. Cruz came to North Carolina to campaign for Sykes in February. It will be interesting to see how her replacement does. Who would you trust with holding $100 billion of your money for safekeeping? When Cooper appointed Cheri Beasley to Chief Justice, he appointed Mark Davis to replace her. Jessica Holmes has spent her career as an advocate for workers as a labor and employment attorney. He defeated Democrat Jessica Holmes in the November 2020 general election. Cole has made the move from Libertarian to the similar but more traditionalist Constitution Party, while Marcus pushes health care and education. She has a track record of supporting job creation as a county commissioner and attracting businesses with a diverse pool of talent. Tillis serves on four committees in the Senate – for Armed Services, Veterans’ Affairs, Judiciary, and Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. Earlier this year, Forest sued Cooper over some of the coronavirus-related executive orders, arguing that Cooper shouldn’t be able to issue the orders on his own. Representative Josh Dobson has served in the North Carolina House of Representatives for four terms, representing the people of Avery, McDowell and Mitchell counties. Folwell is a graduate of UNC-Greensboro and said if reelected he would “continue to attack problems, not people” and remain “loyal to those that teach, protect and serve and taxpayers like them.” Chatterji told Indy Week that he believes he has “the right skills to unlock the power of this office to make a positive impact for everyone in this state.”. Dunlap has served five terms on the BOCC and currently serves as the chair. Viser ruled in August to keep RNC contracts under wraps until after the convention. He has a master’s degree in public administration from Appalachian State University. Wood earned a fourth four-year term by defeating Republican challenger Tony Street. A former representative in the North Carolina State House, Goodwin was elected Commissioner of Insurance in 2008 and won his bid for re-election – over Causey – in 2012. She lost her bid for reelection to Sam Searcy. It will be interesting to see how her replacement does. Jeff Carpenter, 48, has been a Superior Court Judge since 2016, when he won an election for Judicial District 20B. Along with Powell winning north Mecklenburg towns like Cornelius, Huntersville and Davidson, Rodriguez-McDowell’s win in south Mecklenburg towns like Matthews, Pineville and Mint Hill was a big upset for incumbent Bill James. He grabbed headlines recently when he joined a group of Democratic state AG’s suing the U.S. Sharon Hudson, who lists herself as Board Secretary of a group opposed to tolls on Interstate 77 (Widen I-77), has filed as a primary challenger. Her opponent is Wilmington native Anthony Street, who holds degrees from UNC-Wilmington and UNC-Pembroke. This is his first time running for elected office. He was previously an assistant U.S. Attorney. A rematch of the 2014 race that placed Brooks on the district court bench. In responding to a questionnaire from the News & Observer, both candidates somewhat agreed that the state’s courts aren’t accessible enough for average North Carolinians, with Brook responding "no" and Griffin saying "we can always improve access to justice.". His opponent is Ronnie Chatterji, a 41-year-old Duke professor. Third-party candidates: Steven DiFiore (L) and Al Pisano (C). For 16 years, former state Rep. Cherie Berry has served as North Carolina’s labor commissioner. A Carolina Covenant scholarship allowed her to rise from "difficult circumstances" as a high school student in the tiny town of Maple Hill in eastern North Carolina to finish, first, an undergraduate degree in political science at Chapel Hill and then a law degree at the same university. RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Democrat Beth Wood has been reelected North Carolina state auditor and outgoing Republican state Rep. Josh Dobson will be … Current Commissioner Cherie Berry … Roy Cooper has found himself in as tough a spot as a politician can find themselves during the pandemic, with people either pissed that he isn’t fully reopening the state or claiming that he’s reopening the state too quickly. However, Shields is a former President of the NC Association of Defense Attorneys and has worked in law since 1985. He was the first Republican elected to the position since 1908. As of Wednesday, Wood led Street by 93,450 votes, while Dobson had a margin of nearly 89,000 votes over Holmes. Marshall has held the seat now for 24 years and shows no signs of giving it up now to newcomer Sykes, who’s running on a shrink-the-government platform. Niday lists abortion as his main concern in a post about his platform from August 2019, while Salvador founded local energy efficiency and sustainability org RETI. Best has sat on the Mecklenburg County District Court bench for 12 years. Jessica Holmes has shown herself to be a driven achiever. Garland Tucker had been widely cited as a s… Both Phil Berger, Jr. and Lucy Inman are currently Judges in the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Appointed by Gov. He was a chair of the Health Committee and the Appropriations Committee in the most recent legislative session. New candidate Laura Meier is co-founder of the Charlotte Women’s March and prioritizes “excellent, safe schools, first-class mental health services, green spaces, and affordable housing for all, including our teachers, firefighters, and other public servants.”. Stein’s opponent, Jim O’Neill, is the District Attorney for Forsyth County. Cooper, Marvel works in Family and Domestic Court, while also holding down a job teaching legal research and writing at CPCC. There will technically be no losers here, and the top vote-getter is no longer guaranteed the chair position, but who doesn’t love a good popularity contest? On the Democratic ticket is state Rep. Yvonne Lewis Holley, who has represented the 38th District in the NC house since 2013. Dobson will succeed retiring Commissioner Cherie Berry after beating Democratic nominee Jessica Holmes. Succeeding her will be someone under the age of 40. Pat McCrory. Postal Service over policy changes that they argue have undermined mail-in voting. He was previously an assistant district attorney in the county. He is currently the court’s only Republican and he is its longest-serving member. Ensure safe and healthy work environments. Mangrum applauded Gov. Mark Robinson (left) faces Yvonne Lewis Holley (right) in the race for Lt. Gov of North Carolina. Across North Carolina, in addition to the Presidential election, there are 19 statewide races that will appear on every ballot. She is also a Clinical Associate Professor of Legal Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill. His challenger Dan Forest has gone full science-denier in not only pushing to fully reopen the state but refusing to wear a mask and encouraging his followers to do the same. Since losing the 2016 election, Goodwin has been the President and CEO of Seaboard Strategic Consulting, LLC. Challenger Wallace led Democratic efforts throughout McCready’s double campaign, so she’s no stranger to this fight. Tricia Shields, 60, ran for the Court of Appeals in 2014, but was unsuccessful in her bid. Transportation Bond: This bond is worth $102.7 million and would go toward improving walkability and pedestrian safety, street and intersection projects, improved Americans with Disabilities Act infrastructure, and repairs and construction of bridges, sidewalks and bike paths. He placed third in the Republican primary behind nominee Mark Robinson and state Sen. Andy Wells. Munden is mostly missing in action, making Brown the likely replacement for Chaz Beasley in District 92. She is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, has been an attorney and is a lecturer at N.C. State. She currently serves as a member of the Wake County Board of Commissioners and at age 36 is the youngest Wake County Commissioner in the history of the capital county. Her opponent is a political newcomer in Mark Robinson, a 52-year-old from Greensboro who served in the Army Reserves as a medical specialist. Challenger Chatterji is an economist and professor of business and public policy at Duke University and a former economic adviser to President Obama. The two disagree about a range of policy issues. This includes a collection of projects on the northeast corridor, on Bryant Farms Road in south Charlotte and Idlewild and Monroe roads in southeast Charlotte. R-Republican, D-Democrat, L-Libertarian, C-Constitutional. Name recognition aside, she was pretty awful on workers’ rights. She is also a professor at Campbell University. Truitt was also an education adviser to former Gov. Newby and Beasley were asked whether they would examine racial biases in court proceedings or decisions, and Newby said race doesn't factor into victims' desire for justice. One area where Stein has a big advantage over O’Neill is in Twitter followers; Stein had more than 28,800 while O’Neill had fewer than 600 as of Sept. 21. Tiffany Tertipes / Creative Commons/ Unsplash, Inclusion Diversity Equity Accountability, NC Voter Guide: Everything You Need To Know About Early Voting, Mail-In Ballots, Takeaways: Tillis, Cunningham Trade Accusations On COVID, Vaccine, With More First-Time Absentee Voters, Some NC Ballots Returned With Flaws, 120 Friday Center Dr | Chapel Hill, NC 27517, 91.5 Chapel Hill | 88.9 Manteo | 90.9 Rocky Mount | 91.1 Welcome | 91.9 Fayetteville | 90.5 Buxton. Jessica Holmes, 36, is a Wake County commissioner and was the youngest person ever elected to the board in 2014. Sykes was previously the CEO of a manufacturing company and also served as Director of Faith and Religious Liberty for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s 2016 presidential campaign. After running unsuccessfully in 2010, Chris Dillon, 55, was elected to the Court of Appeals in 2012 and is now seeking a second term. On one side is state Rep. Josh Dobson, 39, who has been the 85th District’s NC House Representative since 2013. 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