Thank you for all your hard work.
Four years ago, a lot of you reading this email decided to roll up your shirt sleeves and get to work making this country a better place to live. Some of you have been doing that work for decades. Others have only been involved for a few months. Whether you're a lifelong Democrat or a new member of our party, we want to take today to thank you for all the hard work you've put in over the last few years. We couldn't have done any of the things we did without you.
While last night's results are still uncertain in many cases, the numbers currently look like Joe Biden is on track to secure the 270 electoral votes he needs to become our nation's 46th President, and Roy Cooper has won a resounding victory over Dan Forest and will serve a second term as our Governor. Last night was not the landslide many of us were hoping for, but depending on how outstanding mail-in ballots come in, it looks like we here in Guilford County have some victories to celebrate:
- Federally, the Sixth Congressional District has elected Kathy Manning to the United States House of Representatives. She will be the first Democratic member of Congress to represent Guilford County since 2016, and will be the first Jewish member of Congress from North Carolina.
- All of our incumbent Democratic legislators here in Guilford County — Cecil Brockman, Amos Quick, Gladys Robinson, Michael Garrett, Ashton Clemmons, and Pricey Harrison — appear to have won re-election comfortably.
- While many statewide judicial races did not go our way last night, Cheri Beasley is only down by about 3,000 votes in her race for Chief Justice of the NC Supreme Court, and if absentee ballots which have not yet been counted trend as strongly towards Democrats as those which are already counted have, she stands a good chance of overtaking Paul Newby to retain her seat, and we had a clean sweep of our Superior and District Court Judge races here in Guilford.
- If current numbers hold or increase for Democrats following recounts and counting of oustanding mail-in ballots, it looks likely that Mary Beth Murphy, Carly Cooke, and James Upchurch will all join Skip Alston in returning to the Guilford County Board of Commissioners, giving us a 7-2 Democratic majority.
- It appears that Deborah Napper has narrowly defeated Michelle Bardsley in the District 5 Board of Education race, and the margin in District 3 has Blake Odum down by less than 100 votes, giving him a good shot at closing that gap as late-arriving mail-in ballots are counted.
- Jeff Thigpen has been reelected handily as our Register of Deeds and Democrat Antoinette Weaver has won her race for Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor.
While no one can deny that we have entered a pivotal moment of uncertainty in our country's history, we encourage you to take today to celebrate the victories we had last night and rest as we wait for final counts in many of these races. You have worked harder than any of us dreamed of, and the successes we have had are well-earned. To those of you who ran and did not see the victories you were hoping for: thank you for stepping up. We look forward to hitting the ground running with you to support Democrats in 2021 municipal elections and the 2022 midterms. We persist.
“It is not incumbent upon you to complete the work, but neither are you at liberty to desist from it.” — Ethics of the Fathers 2:21