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Committee - NC PACE

Committee Charge

NC PACE stands for the Political Action for Candidate Endorsement. This is the political action committee of NASW-NC. Members of this committee make endorsements of candidates for local and state elections. NASW-NC's NC-PACE may make financial contributions, in kind donations of mailing labels, and will mobilize volunteers for candidates. Only members of NASW-NC can give money to PACE and only members of PACE make those endorsements. The goal of endorsing candidates is to elect candidates that uphold the values of NASW-NC and our social work members. 


How Endorsements are Made

Both Kay Castillo, Director of Advocacy, Policy & Legislation, & Valerie Arendt, Executive Director, are registered lobbyists for the association. They are prohibited by law from giving money to campaigns. Neither of them will be making decisions as to whom we would endorse as a political action committee. Kay is the staff liaison to the PACE and coordinates with our Chair for meetings.


2016 PACE Endorsements: See who won and who lost on our endorsement list!

Current members of NC PACE: 



Dan Hudgins
Durham, NC 


Suzanne Martin
Raleigh, NC


Lisa Zerden
Chapel Hill, NC

Atreece Bailey

Charlotte, NC

Chris Burner

Durham, NC

Tracey Hinds
Fayetteville, NC

Sabrina Bristo

Franklinton, NC

Matt Anderson

Greensboro, NC

Blair Barton Percival

Greensboro, NC

Monica Harrison

Greensboro, NC

Kerry Graves

Greensboro, NC


Heather Kitchen
Greensboro, NC


Jack Register
Greensboro, NC

Lucas Vrbsky

Greensboro, NC

Jessica Holton

Greenville, NC

Sara Nafziger-Shelly
Hickory, NC


Katrice Byrd
Huntersville, NC


Jason Scianno
Huntersville, NC

Sandra Rettis
Kannapolis, NC

Karen Terry
Oxford, NC

Mary Green
Raleigh, NC

Bill Lamb
Raleigh, NC

Lynne Walter
Raleigh, NC

Tia Scriven
Wilmington, NC

Information on National PACE


To Join this Committee

Any NASW-NC member may volunteer to serve on this committee with no term limit. If interested, contact Kay Castillo



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