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Raleigh, NC — Following his announcement today that he is running to serve as North Carolina’s next United States Senator, Cal Cunningham announced endorsements from key North Carolina leaders supporting his campaign: former U.S. Senator Kay Hagan and Chip Hagan, Wake County Commission Chair Jessica Holmes, former legislators and community leaders Howard Lee and Larry Womble, and Lillian’s List co-founder Laura Edwards. The campaign will continue to roll out additional supporters.
Cal is an Army veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, business leader, former State Senator, and Vice Chairman of the Governor’s Crime Commission. Cal’s Senate campaign launched today with a video highlighting his upbringing and North Carolina roots, his military service, and his commitment to reforming the corrupt political system in Washington that prevents us from solving the big problems facing families across our state.
Former U.S. Senator Kay Hagan and Chip Hagan: “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.”
Wake County Commission Chair Jessica Holmes: “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.”
Former Mayor and State Senator Howard Lee: “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 State Representative Larry Womble: “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.”
Lillian’s List co-founder Laura Edwards: “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.”
Kay Hagan represented North Carolina in the U.S. Senate from 2009 to 2015. In the Senate, Hagan was a leader in supporting our armed forces and military families, strengthening health care policies, improving access to higher education, and fighting for small businesses and entrepreneurs. Before that, Hagan served for a decade in the State Senate.
Jessica Holmes is the Chair of the Wake County Commission, a labor and employment law attorney, and a candidate for North Carolina Commissioner of Labor. When she was first elected in 2014, Holmes was the youngest Wake commissioner in county history. She is a strong advocate for working families, early childhood education, and addressing racial disparities and discrimination.
Howard Lee was the first African American elected mayor of Chapel Hill. He has also served North Carolina as the Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Community Development, a State Senator, Chairman of the State Board of Education, Executive Director of the Education Cabinet, and a member of the North Carolina Utilities Commission.
Larry Womble represented Forsyth County in the North Carolina House of Representatives from 1995 to 2013, and before that served as an Alderman and City Councilmember for Winston-Salem. Womble is a retired educator and a former President of the North Carolina Black Elected Municipal Officials.
Laura Edwards is a co-founder of Lillian’s List of North Carolina and the founder of Women AdvaNCe. Edwards is a trailblazing civic leader with a passion for women’s issues and social justice, and she has been awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine – one of the most prestigious civilian honors in the state.