We need Kerry Sutton in state Senate

Regular followers of this blog know I don’t typically endorse individual candidates. I did it for my friend Steve Schewel when he ran, successfully, for Durham City Council not long ago. Now I am doing it for Kerry Sutton. She also is my friend. More important, she’s exactly the kind of person we need in the North Carolina General Assembly. She’s dogged, honest, smart, dedicated and among the hardest-working people I know. I’m thoroughly convinced that North Carolina will be better off with her in the state Senate. I’m including the release we used to announce her campaign. You can also read about the campaign on various blogs flying here and there online. Go Kerry!



DATE: Nov. 30, 2011

CONTACT: Kerry Sutton, (919) 886-6597;  George Lawrence, (919) 452-6086

Durham attorney Kerry Sutton announced Wednesday she will seek the District 22 state Senate seat representing a significant portion of Durham County and all of Person and Caswell counties.

Sutton, a Democrat, is well known for her record of community service as well her work in the courtroom. She plans to file state Board of Elections paperwork to formally establish her election committee Thursday. She already has heard from voters.

“I’m humbled to know citizens believe in me,” she said. “I’m confident I can get this job done. Otherwise I wouldn’t run.”

Sutton, 50, gained national attention as a member of the legal defense team representing a group of Duke University lacrosse players wrongly accused in a sexual assault case in 2006. Her client, along with his teammates, was cleared of all allegations.

Sutton has served the state in various ways throughout her career. In 2009, Gov. Bev Perdue appointed her to the Governor’s Crime Commission, the chief advisory body to the governor and the Secretary of the Department of Crime Control and Public Safety on crime and justice issues. She has long been an active leader and is a former Board of Governors member for the N.C. Advocates for Justice.

State Sen. Floyd McKissick Jr., an incumbent Democrat who represents the majority of Durham’s city core, was pleased to hear the news.

“We need a Democrat in that district and I would be delighted to serve alongside Kerry Sutton,” he said.

Like all 50 of the state’s Senate seats, District 22 was newly drawn as part of a redistricting plan initiated by Republican legislative leadership earlier this year. The entire proposal has been legally challenged by multiple groups that argue the plan was designed to limit minority voting while giving Republicans unfair advantage in future elections. The issue will be decided by a panel of three Superior Court judges, which has yet to set a time frame for its decision.

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