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North Carolina Election Results: What it means for social workers

Thursday, November 8, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kay Castillo
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This update includes information on election results and the impact on social workers!  

Election Results

The NASW-NC Political Action for Candidate Election Committee (PACE) fared well with North Carolina candidates they endorsed this election cycle. Preliminary election results captured on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, detail that out of the North Carolina House of Representatives races, twenty endorsed candidates won and eight endorsed candidates lost (**see note below in red for updated figures!). Out of endorsed candidates in the North Carolina Senate, eight won and five lost. All four judicial candidates endorsed by the NASW-NC PACE Committee won!


*Following the recount of House District 103, Rachel Hunt was declared the winner. Hunt was endorsed by NASW-NC's PACE Committee. Read more about her win here. With this win, In the North Carolina House of Representatives, twenty-one endorsed candidates won and seven endorsed candidates lost!


View NASW-NC’s PACE results here.


All candidates were vetted by the committee and were endorsed because of their support for the social work profession. We look forward to working with the newly elected members of the legislature to educate them about, and advocate for YOU, the social work professionals of North Carolina.


All three NASW-NC PACE Committee endorsed social workers running for the North Carolina House of Representatives won their election
. Representatives Graig Meyer and MaryAnn Black won their reelection campaign, and we welcome Sydney Batch to the House. Learn more about these social workers here:

Constitutional Amendments

Four of the six constitutional amendments passed on the ballot. North Carolina voters said yes to strengthening victims’ rights, requiring photo I.D. to cast a ballot, capping the state’s income tax at seven percent, and protecting hunting and fishing. The Bipartisan Ethics and Elections Enforcement and the Judicial Vacancy Sunset Amendment both failed and were publicly criticized by former governors as unnecessary attempts by the legislature to limit the Governor’s powers. NASW-NC will send out an action alert soon for social workers to use their voice to ensure all voters have access to vote!


National PACE

National PACE endorsed four candidates from North Carolina, two incumbents and two hopeful new comers. Per election results, incumbents G.K. Butterfield and David Price both won reelection. NASW PACE endorsed candidates and new comers, Ryan Watts and David Wilson Brown, both lost their bids for election.

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