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Team Cal

Cal is honored to have the support of a wide-ranging group of North Carolina community leaders, current and former elected officials, and leading advocacy organizations.

“We’re proud to support Cal Cunningham for Senate. As a veteran, Cal brings an important skill set and fresh perspective that’s desperately needed at this moment in our country. He’s focused on the right priorities for North Carolina families and will work every single day to put those interests at the forefront in Washington.”

The Late U.S. Senator Kay Hagan and Chip Hagan

“Hardworking families across North Carolina need a new generation of leaders to step up and serve our state and bring a fresh approach to solving tough problems, and that’s why I’m endorsing Cal Cunningham. In the Senate, we can trust Cal to stand up to the special interests, tackle poverty and income inequality head on, and fight for family-friendly policies that create economic opportunity for regular North Carolinians trying to get ahead.”

Wake County Commission Chair Jessica Holmes

“I’m excited to endorse Cal Cunningham as he steps up to run for Senate, continue his record of service to our state, and bring better representation to North Carolinians. Cal’s experience in the Army Reserves, in the state legislature, and helping run a business will help him bring the kind of smart, forward-thinking leadership we desperately need to serve our state in the Senate.”

Former Mayor and State Senator Howard Lee

“Cal is a strong, principled leader who is deeply committed to public service, and I know he has the integrity and the backbone to stand up for what’s right. I’m endorsing Cal to be our next Senator because I know he will fight for a stronger education system, lower health care and prescription drug costs, more good-paying jobs, and real reforms that will fix what’s broken with Washington.”

Former State Representative Larry Womble

“As our next U.S. Senator, I know Cal Cunningham will be a champion for women’s health and reproductive freedom, a strong ally standing up for LGBTQI rights, a forceful advocate for tackling the climate crisis and protecting North Carolina’s environment, and a fighter for working families all over our state. Cal is committed to taking North Carolina values to Washington and challenging the corrupt system that’s keeping us from solving our biggest challenges, and that’s why he has my strong support.”

Lillian’s List co-founder Laura Edwards

“As an Army veteran and environmental entrepreneur, Cal Cunningham knows firsthand the national security and economic threats posed by the climate crisis. Cal is committed to building a clean energy economy in North Carolina and across the country, and he has the experience to lead the way forward on solutions. That is why we are so thrilled to endorse Cal for the U.S. Senate.”

LCV Action Fund Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Tiernan Sittenfeld

“Cal Cunningham has been a key ally in the fight to protect our state’s air, water, lands, and healthy communities. North Carolinians are already suffering from climate-fueled extreme weather, and understand we need leaders who will act on climate to protect our families and our future. We know we can count on him to also protect our economic future—to stand against drilling off our coast and to invest in good-paying clean energy jobs right here in North Carolina.”

North Carolina LCV Director of Governmental Relations Dan Crawford

“Cal Cunningham has spent his career standing up for North Carolinians who are being left behind by the corrupt establishment in Washington. He is running a grassroots campaign and rejecting corporate PAC money. Unlike Senator Thom Tillis, Cal won’t be Mitch McConnell’s lackey and can’t be bought and paid for by special interests. Cal is running a campaign focused on North Carolina families. ECU is proud to endorse Cal Cunningham, and we look forward to helping him win in 2020.”

End Citizens United President Tiffany Muller

“Washington is broken, and is in desperate need of bold, strong leadership. Cal Cunningham represents the strong advocate that the Senate, and North Carolina, needs. Cal is someone with a strong moral compass, and a belief that when you’ve been so blessed in life, you give back and serve others. From unapologetically attacking corruption in politics, to fighting for an economy that works for everyone, Cal is someone who won’t back down, and won’t let politics dictate whether he should fight for what’s right. We know he will be there for his fellow veterans, and will always ensure that we get the benefits we’ve earned. We’re proud to endorse him.”

Jon Soltz, Iraq War Veteran and Chair of VoteVets

“Cal has never backed down from a tough fight—from facing down corruption as an Army prosecutor to combating the influence of money in politics. He is ready to take on Senator Tillis and give our state an independent voice in the U.S. Senate.”

Janet Cowell, Former Treasurer of North Carolina

“Cal has a wealth of experience serving both our state and our country, which is exactly what North Carolinians want in our U.S. Senator. Cal is ready to stand up to the corruption in Washington that has marked Senator Tillis’ time in office, and I couldn’t be more proud to endorse Cal.”

Patsy Keever, Former Chair of the North Carolina Democratic Party

“Cal Cunningham has built his life around a call to serve the people of North Carolina. Every chapter of his life, from the State Senate to the U.S. Military, is marked by acts of service. I’m endorsing Cal because I know he will bring that legacy of service to the United States Senate where it is needed most.”

Yvonne Johnson, Mayor Pro Tem of Greensboro

“We need a Senator with the courage to lead; a Senator who will not be whipsawed by the vicissitudes of executive opinion. A battle tested Senator. A Senator prepared to stand up for all the people of North Carolina.”

Kelly Alexander, State Representative

“Cal shares both a deep pride for our state and a commitment to making it better, from communities like mine in Fayetteville to small towns like the one where he grew up. I trust him to look out for each and every North Carolinian, and I am ready to work every day until Election Day to elect him to the Senate.”

Val Applewhite, Former City of Fayetteville Councilwoman

"The U.S. Senate is not working for the middle class and it's time to make a change. On the issues that matter most to our members —protecting a secure retirement and preserving pensions, protecting and creating quality jobs, and investing in our infrastructure and expanding opportunity—Cal Cunningham has a record that we can trust and support. Cal will make sure the concerns of working families are once again heard in the United States Senate."

President of Teamsters Local 391 Mike McGaha

“Our nation needs Cal Cunningham’s leadership, vision and determination to fight for working families and older Americans. Cal has earned the endorsement of the National Committee because he understands and supports the critical roles that Social Security and Medicare play in the retirement and health security of our nation’s older citizens and their families. He’s well-prepared to serve the needs of seniors and will make the preservation and enhancement of Social Security and Medicare a priority in the Senate."

Max Richtman, President, CEO, and Chairman of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare.

Organizations

End Citizens United

International Brotherhood Of Electrical Workers & Carolinas Electrical Workers Association

JStreetPAC

League of Conservation Voters

NC State AFL-CIO

Teamsters Local 391

The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare

VoteVets

Voter Protection Project

North Carolina Voices

Doug Abrams, Attorney and Community Leader (Wake County)

Peggy Abrams, Attorney and Community Leader (Wake County)

Vickie Adamson, County Commissioner (Wake County)

Kelly Alexander, State Representative (Mecklenburg County)

Val Applewhite, Former City Councilwoman (Fayetteville)

Margaret Arbuckle, Former County Commissioner (Guilford County)

Phil Baddour, Former House Majority Leader (Wayne County)

Gerald Baker, Sheriff (Wake County)

Sid Baker, Education Advocate

Dale Baldwin, Mayor (West Jefferson)

Andy Ball, Former Mayor (Boone)

Jonathan Barfield, Jr., Board of Commissioners Chair (New Hanover County)

Dr. David Bland, Former North Carolina Democratic Party Treasurer

John Jack Boger, Former Dean of UNC Law

Crandall Bowles, Business Leader (Charlotte)

Erskine Bowles, Business Leader, Former U.S. Senate Candidate, Former President of the University of North Carolina System, and Former White House Chief of Staff (Charlotte)

Yevonne Brannon, Former County Commissioner (Wake County)

Scott Brewer, State Representative (Richmond County)

Cecil Brockman, State Representative (Guilford County)

Anne Bullard, Community Advocate (Raleigh-Durham)

Elizabeth Bunce, Business Leader (Lexington)

Linwood Bunce II, Attorney and City Councilman (Lexington)

Ann Campbell, Business Leader and Lillian’s List of North Carolina Board Member (Raleigh)

John Campbell, Business Leader (Raleigh)

Linda Carlisle, Former Secretary of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources

Elizabeth Carlson, Founder of Carolina Music Ways

George Carr, Business Leader and Chairman of Beacon Management Corp.

Charles Carter, Former State Senator (Buncombe County)

Lee Chaden, Business and Community Leader (Winston-Salem)

John Chen, Chinese-American Economic and Cultural Association Board Member

Loretta Clawson, Mayor Pro Tempore (Boone)

Alan Cloninger, Sheriff (Gaston County)

Janet Cowell, Former Treasurer of North Carolina

Leslie Cox, Jr., Former State Representative (Lee County)

David Cox, City Councilman (Raleigh)

Kay Crowder, City Councilwoman (Raleigh)

Frank Daniels, Jr., Former Publisher of the News and Observer

Linda Davis, Community Leader (Raleigh)

Dean Debnam, Business Leader (Raleigh)

Lana Dial, Former Commissioner at North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs

Jill Dinwiddie, Former Executive Director of North Carolina Council for Women

Joan Dressler, Former President of Democratic Women of North Carolina

William Eacho, Former U.S. Ambassador to Austria

Olma Echeverri, Former President of Democratic Women of Mecklenburg County and Co-Founder of the Hispanic American Democrats of North Carolina

Laura Edwards, Co-Founder of Lillian’s List of North Carolina and Founder of Women AdvaNCe

Angie Elkins, Former President of National Federation of Democratic Women

Mary Evans, City Councilwoman (Laurinburg)

Susan Evans, County Commissioner (Wake County)

Berni Gaither, Former Forsyth County Democratic Party Chair and Former Lillian’s List of North Carolina Board Member

Gracie Liem Galloway, Former 8th Congressional District and Cabarrus County Party Official

Alice Garland, Former Executive Director of the NC Education Lottery

Linda Garrou, Former State Senator (Forsyth County)

Rev. Darrel “B.J.” Gibson, Pastor at Nazareth Missionary Baptist and Former School Board Member (Scotland County)

Claire Giffin, Former Lillian’s List of North Carolina Official

Evan Gilreath, Attorney and Community Leader (Asheville)

Roy Granato, Business Leader (Charlotte)

Murray Greason, Community Leader (Winston-Salem)

Linda Gunter, Former State Senator (Wake County)

The Late Kay Hagan, Former United States Senator for North Carolina

Chip Hagan, Business and Community Leader (Guilford County)

Richard Harkrader, Business and Environmental Leader (Durham)

Chris Heagarty, School Board Member and Former State Representative (Wake County)

Steve Hockfield, Business Leader (Charlotte)

Bob S. Hodgman, Attorney (Greensboro)

Jessica Holmes, Board of Commissioners Chair (Wake County)

Brenda Howerton, County Commissioner (Durham County)

Anne Hummel, Community Leader (Pittsboro)

Sig Hutchinson, County Commissioner (Wake County)

Jeanette Hyde, Former U.S. Ambassador to Barbados, Dominica, St. Vincent, St. Lucia, Antigua, Grenada, and St. Kitts-Nevis 

Rashidul Islam, Community Leader

Jeff Jackson, State Senator (Mecklenburg County)

Maggie Jeffus, Former State Representative (Guilford County)

Gene Johnson, Community Leader (Charlotte)

Robert Johnson, Mayor (North Wilkesboro)

Yvonne Johnson, Mayor Pro Tem (Greensboro)

Patsy Keever, Former Chair of the North Carolina Democratic Party and Former State Representative (Buncombe County)

Billy Kennedy, County Commissioner (Watauga County)

Mark Kleinschmidt, Former Mayor (Chapel Hill)

Christine Kushner, School Board Member (Wake County)

Kel Landis, Business Leader (Raleigh)

Nina Szlosberg-Landis, Community Leader and Vice Chair of the North Carolina Board of Transportation

Bibb Latane, Director and Founder of the Center for Human Science

Duabhav Lee, Community Leader

Howard Lee, Former Mayor (Chapel Hill) and Former State Senator (Orange County)

Cathy Levinson, Guilford County Community Advocate

Adrienne Amos Livengood, Community Leader (Winston-Salem)

Da’Quan Love, Former State House Candidate (Duplin County)

Patricia Stanford Love, Former State Representative and Former Chief District Court Judge (Orange County)

Grier Martin, State Representative (Wake County)

Harriet Martin, Community Leader (Chapel Hill)

Betty Ray McCain, Former Secretary of North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources and Former North Carolina Democratic Party Chair

Dan McCready, Veteran and Former Candidate for North Carolina’s 9th District (Charlotte)

Jeremy McKenzie, Town Councilman (Ellerbe)

Floyd McKissick, Jr., State Senator (Durham County)

Stef Mendell, City Councilwoman (Raleigh)

Charles Monnett, Trial Attorney (Charlotte)

Mac Montgomery, President of the North Carolina League of Conservation Voters Board and Former Mayor (Kure Beach)

Daniel D. Mosca, Business and Community Leader (Guilford County)

Daniel Mosteller, North Carolina Department of Justice Official

Scott Padgett, Former Mayor (Concord)

Michael Page, Former Board of Commissioners Chair (Durham County)

Miss Mary Ellen Phifer-Kirton, Community Leader (Cabarrus County)

Erv Portman, Former County Commissioner (Wake County)

Mary Beth Powell, President of the North Carolina League of Conservation Voters Foundation

Steve Rao, Town Council Member (Morrisville)

Betty Chafin Rash, Former Mayor Pro-Tem (Charlotte)

John Replogle, Business Leader (Raleigh)

Nick Rhodes, Former Board of Education Member (New Hanover County)

Penny Rich, County Commissioner (Orange County)

Jane Richardson, Professor and Biophysicist (Duke)

Rev. Marion B. Robinson, Pastor at St. Matthew AME

Nancy Rorie, Former Democratic Party Chair (Union County)

Willie Rowe, Former Major, Sheriff’s Office (Wake County)

Ray Russell, State Representative (Watauga County)

Karen Savage, Former Lillian’s List of North Carolina Board Member

Katherine Seligmann, Community Leader (Wake Forest)

Roger Sharpe, Former State Senator (Burke County)

Lynn Shoemaker, Education Advocate and Former Lillian’s List of North Carolina Board Member

Ralph Simpson, Business Leader (Asheville)

Jim H. Slaughter, Business Leader (Greensboro)

Ella Mae Small, City Councilwoman (Concord)

Randy Stagner, Former City Councilman (Raleigh)

Adam Stein, Former North Carolina Appellate Defender

Linda Stephens, Former Judge, Court of Appeals of North Carolina

Russ Stephenson, City Councilman (Raleigh)

Michael Tiemann, Business and Community Leader (Chapel Hill)

Larry Turnbow, County Commissioner (Watauga County)

Nancy Vaughan, Mayor (Greensboro)

John Verdejo, DNC Member for North Carolina

Vann Vogel, Community Leader (Asheville)

Mona Lisa Wallace, Business Leader (Salisbury)

Richard Wasch, Business and Community Leader (Asheville)

John Welch, Board of Commissioners Chair (Watauga County)

Allen H. Wellons, Former State Senator (Smithfield)

Jesse L. White Jr., Co-Founder of Pride PAC 

Gwendolyn Wilkins, Former 1st Vice Chair of the North Carolina Democratic Party

John I. Wilson, Former Executive Director, National Education Association

Larry Womble, Former State Representative (Forsyth County) and Civil Rights Leader

Bonnie Wright, Business Leader (Durham)

Smedes York, Former Mayor (Raleigh)

Robert Zaytoun, Trial Attorney (Wake County)