First of all, I want to thank all of you who have worked so hard to take this race from being considered "unwinnable" to being a competitive race. And thanks to all of you who supported us financially, helping us get to our goal of $100,000. We are right at that amount going in to election day. With a lot of strategic planning and being good stewards of your campaign donations funds -- along with hard work on the ground, we have been able to do all we have set out to do on our "path to victory".
We are still working hard through election day so that I have the opportunity to meet my mission to fully serve North Carolinians in the 9 counties of District 13, many of whom we have come to know personally. Our sons and their families are coming in from the Charlotte area and Silicon Valley. We were recently in Granville and Vance Counties and we were in Nash and Edgecombe Counties yesterday. Today, we are headed to Franklin County and to Wilson and Wayne Counties over the weekend. We are doing phone banks from our home in Wake County that also includes a "sliver" of rural Durham County. We will continue to travel on Monday and Election Day returning back home to watch election returns with fellow Democrats. Whew!
As you can see, most of District 13 is rural especially since municipalities like the towns of Wilson and Goldsboro have been cut out (even though we have most of the rest of Wilson and Wayne Counties). So along with being a staunch champion for public education and crucial expertise in health and aging that I will bring to Congress, I will also make addressing the uneven economic recovery throughout District 13 an absolute top priority. While we celebrate the fact that the Triangle area is booming again and enjoys a low unemployment rate, we still have a long way to go in other more rural parts of the District. Rural realities are discussed in a recent op-ed by Jason Lesley Gray, former director of the Office Research and Innovation at the NC Rural Economic Development Center: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/10/25/4261548/in-rural-north-carolina-rough.html
As Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman points out, we need to stop investing in ideology over infrastructure. America needs to once again become a nation that builds for the future, creating living wage jobs in the process. Now is the time to do so while interest rates are low -- I will stand for jobs in both rural and urban areas in Congress.
As I have watched pundits say that this will be another low turnout midterm election, I challenge that assumption especially as it relates to voters in North Carolina. We have too much at stake to sit this one out! It is time to let the people decide. See you at the polls!