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Adams leads dash for cash
N.C. lawmaker a fundraising force in 12th District
 
Published Wednesday, February 5, 2014 1:09 pm
by Herbert L White

N.C. Rep. Alma Adams is showing she’ll be a fundraising force to be reckoned with in the 12th Congressional District race.

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N.C. Rep. Alma Adams of Greensboro, center, shown at a Forsyth Democratic Party event last month, leads the six-candidate field in fourth-quarter fundraising for the vacant U.S. House seat formerly held by Mel Watt of Charlotte.

The Greensboro Democrat raised more money than any other candidate in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to the Federal Elections Commission with $112,537 from over 800 contributors between Oct. 1-Dec. 31. Marcus Brandon, a state representative from High Point, was second with $70,244. 

Alma is one of six Democrats and Republican challenger Vince Coakley competing for the U.S. House seat formerly held by Mel Watt of Charlotte. Watt resigned in January to take over as director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

“I continue to be humbled by the generous support I am receiving,” said Adams, who has raised more than $200,000. “I am deeply honored so many people believe in my candidacy. I am committed to winning this race because we must have a strong voice in Congress who will stand up to the Tea Party and the extremists in Washington to get things done for North Carolina working families. People know I will be there on the front lines fighting for them, and that is why they are investing in me. I promise to not let them down.”

Charlotte candidates, by comparison, are lagging. George Battle III, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ legal counsel and a first-time candidate for office, raised $48,947 and has $7,474 on hand while N.C. Sen. Malcolm Graham raised $45,547 and has $22,662 in the bank. Attorney Curtis Osborne raised $15,629 and former Charlotte City Council member James Mitchell, who announced his candidacy in December, didn’t file a report.

Fifty-two percent of the district’s voters live in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina’s financial hub, but Adams’s fundraising success is sparked in part by national support from women’s activist groups, including Emily’s List and Feminist Majority PAC.

Adams is also racking up endorsements, including former U.S. Rep. Eva Clayton, a Johnson C. Smith University graduate and the first black woman elected to Congress in N.C. history; state Auditor Beth Wood, North Carolina Association of Educators, National Women’s Political Caucus, American Postal Workers Union, and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

 

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