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New Wave Of North Carolina Leaders Endorse Cal Cunningham’s Campaign For Senate, Showing Growing Momentum

140 Leaders Have Now Endorsed Cal’s Campaign, Building on Endorsements Released in June, Support From Key National Organizations

RALEIGH, NC — Cal Cunningham’s campaign for U.S. Senate has now been endorsed by 140 leaders across North Carolina, showing continued growth and momentum for Cal’s campaign. The growing list of endorsements builds on the dozens of leaders who announced their support shortly after Cal entered the race in June, and follows three consecutive polls showing Cal beating Tillis.

Cal has also been endorsed by VoteVets, the League of Conservation Voters, Voter Protection Project and End Citizens United, a group focused on combating the influence of big money in politics.

In addition to the endorsements, Cal is proud to have raised $1 million last quarter — keeping pace with Tillis’ third quarter raise — including contributions from more than 4,000 North Carolinians, one-fourth of which gave more than once.

Janet Cowell, Former Treasurer of North Carolina: “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.”

Patsy Keever, Former Chair of the North Carolina Democratic Party: “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.”

Yvonne Johnson, Mayor Pro Tem of Greensboro: “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.”

Kelly Alexander, State Representative: “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.”

Val Applewhite, Former City of Fayetteville Councilwoman: “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.”

Cal has been endorsed by: 

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)

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

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)