More details on our 2020 campaign coming soon…

 

Statement on the 2020 Primaries

 

As we focus on building towards the general election, Durham For All has decided not to make endorsements in the 2020 primaries. 2020 is a pivotal election year in North Carolina, and we are scaling up our staff and our voter engagement work like never before. Earlier this week, we announced our new and very first Executive Director, Kaji Reyes-Gertes!

In these first few months of the year, we are prioritizing developing the systems, structures, and leaders that will help us achieve a bold voter mobilization goal for critical races in the general election. In addition to being a presidential battleground, virtually every statewide race will be on the ballot in November — including for Governor, three state Supreme Court seats, the Attorney General, and a US Senate seat that could decide control of Congress. 

If we want to secure progressive wins in all these races, voter turnout in Durham will be critical. But right-wing forces are trying to use racist gerrymandering and restrictive new voter ID laws to hold back the power of our communities — just the latest in a long history of attempts to suppress and depress the vote. Then as now, their goal is to ensure permanent minority rule for wealthy white men by disenfranchising people of color and the multiracial working class. 

The only way to beat their rigged system is by organizing the power of our people. That’s why we’ve set a bold goal of mobilizing over 17,000 Black, Brown and working-class voters in order to overcome racial discrimination and voter suppression and win a North Carolina that works for all of us. 

In order to effectively scale up our operations for the general election, we’ve decided not to endorse in the 2020 primaries. We are thrilled at the number of progressive candidates vying for the Democratic nomination in local, state, and federal races. We’re deeply excited to be building a volunteer- and member-driven organizing model that will help secure big wins for progressive forces in November. 

In solidarity, 

The Durham For All Board