triciaThere have only been a few times that I’ve actually written what amounts to an endorsement of a candidate.  But, Tricia Cotham is someone you need to seriously consider, assuming you don’t already know of her.

Few members of the NC House knew the potential fallout of House Bill 2 (HB2) –but Tricia Cotham did.  She argued in the House against the bill only to be marginalized and peppered with questions from Dan Bishop and Paul Stam (both Republicans supporting HB2).

It was tough watching it on TV.  I can only imagine the thoughts going through her husband’s mind: Jerry Meek.  Meek is arguably one of the brightest political operatives ever to come out of the North Carolina Democratic Party. 

But, Cotham stood her ground, as she has many times, against the Machiavellian NC GOP supermajority.  And, although she didn’t win the argument—she surely won the hearts and minds of sensible voters who understand the need of creating jobs in North Carolina without losing what we’ve fought so hard to obtain.

And, thanks to the Republican control House and Senate, and Governor McCrory’s signage of HB2 in the middle of the night—the bill was shoved down the throats of North Carolina voters in less than ten hours in a special session that cost in excess of $45,000—we have lost ground.

Cotham saw this coming—and she was right.  But, nobody was listening.

Only a few times in my life have I said a person “deserves to be in Congress.”  But, Tricia Cotham does and here’s why:

Cotham believes that how we (as a State) treat the least and most vulnerable among us, defines who we are as human beings and who we are as a collective community.

She believes our citizens should have clean drinking water and she believes that if it’s contaminated by corporate greed—the corporation should be made to clean it up and make it right.  She also doesn’t believe the State or ratepayers should have to foot the bill—the corporation that broke the law should be made accountable and responsible.  You would think this concept would be common sense—but sadly, our NCGA is blinded by backdoor deals along with a Governor who kowtows to our State’s corporate elite.

Just as important (if not more important) Cotham is a champion for education and the children who will lead us for generations to come.  I don’t use the word “champion” lightly: she really is that. 

Tricia understands that the only decent meal some children in our state eat on a daily basis comes from the school’s lunchroom.  And, to her credit—the statistics aren’t just numbers wrapped in a research paper provided by a think-tank.

Cotham believes in our teachers.  She understand the sacrifices they make and it pains her to see North Carolina race to the bottom in education.  As the NCGOP walks back the modalities of getting a good education—many states like Texas and Virginia have come in with job fairs snapping our teachers up with better paying jobs and relocation allowances.   Tricia Cotham has made a considerable effort to stop the Republican supermajority from dismantling what it has taken almost forty years to build.  So, yes, she is a champion.

I understand this congressional primary is confusing: you can thank the Republicans for that too.  The NC GOP has gerrymandered North Carolina beyond belief.

I know that there are many candidates running for Congress in the NC-12.  Arguably, some of those candidates may have more name recognition than Tricia Cotham.

But, no candidate has the ability to bring more passion to the job than Tricia Cotham.  No candidate will work harder for North Carolina than her.  And, in the end—that’s what it’s all about: working for North Carolina and the 12th Congressional District. 

I support Tricia Cotham because, for her, this isn’t a stepping stone to feather her nest.  She isn’t addicted to the fame, the cameras or the soundbites.  She’s a real person, with real ideas. 

YOU CAN VOTE NOW BY ABSENTEE: and, one stop early voting for the June 7 primary begins on May 26 and ends at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 4.  Some counties may not be open on the first weekend, or Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day) so check with your local Board of Elections. 

But, above all, GET OUT THERE AND VOTE FOR TRICIA COTHAM.  It’s that important.



About George Fisher

George is a freelance writer, an author and a Democratic political consultant. He has worked as Deputy Communications Director for a Senatorial campaign and Campaign Manager for several NC House races and one congressional race. He previously worked as a news producer for a local television station.
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