The morning after

Dear Friends,

Yesterday Deb McManus won the Democratic primary race in NC House District 54. We have sent her our congratulations and wishes for success in the fall general election contest.

With your help we ran a positive grassroots campaign that focused on critical issues. But we underestimated our opponent’s powerful political and financial resources. The McManus campaign raised half of its funding from large donors we didn’t have access to, including Lillian’s List (for women candidates only) and gambling proceeds from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (of which she is a registered member).  Her campaign hired a professional political consultant and had under-the-radar support from well-connected district party leaders, who shifted her get-out-the-vote campaign into high gear at the eleventh hour.

I have no regrets about our efforts.  We do not know exactly what role Amendment One played in the results, except that an unprecedented surge of voters came to the polls with no knowledge of our race or the distinct differences between the candidates.  I have never experienced anything like this before.

I am forever grateful to everyone who supported our efforts through personal contributions, volunteer hours and votes. The most rewarding aspect of the campaign was the opportunity to work with an extraordinary team of friends, and to meet so many new people, who share a commitment to strengthen our community through progressive and forward-thinking policies.

We attracted early support from a slew of current and former elected officials, and won endorsements from all the major organizations that compared both primary candidates. And we received generous support from more than 150 individuals.

We put together a talented team of volunteers who did amazing work. Together, we produced excellent materials, and executed effective strategies. We knocked on hundreds of doors and got tremendous responses.  And we had a series of inspiring neighborhood gatherings where I had a chance to listen to our supporters’ hopes, dreams and concerns.

My family made many sacrifices to support my candidacy. That starts with Dee, whose love kept me going and whose effective communication skills strengthened every message.  I’m proud of my daughter Emily Tinervin, who turned out to be a formidable campaigner. She and her husband Scott, and our granddaughters Ryan and Emery, inspired us every step of the way.  As always, among our most generous volunteers and supporters, I’m pleased to count Linda Starkweather and her husband Ned Kelly. And my parents’ values, support and love influenced this campaign throughout.

The last eight years of grassroots political campaigning have been rewarding in many ways but most of all because of the opportunity to get to know and work with so many selfless citizens. Now I look forward to quality time with family and friends, and enjoying life in this special place, while we figure out what the next adventure will be.  I am deeply honored to have taken this journey with all of you.

With warm regards,



Vote Tuesday: It’s going to be close

Dear Friends,

Thanks to your support, we’re now ready to win the Democratic Primary on Tuesday, Election Day.

But the race is heating up and the vote could be very close.  Your vote could make the difference between victory and defeat.  The outcome will determine whether our community and state continue to move forward, or get stuck in the past.

When we win, it will mean that all of us will have another strong progressive vote in the General Assembly, sorely needed in this challenging political climate.

That’s why I need your vote on Tuesday and I hope you will encourage your friends to vote for me as well.

I’ve spent the last 40 years standing up for our community.  I’m eager to go to Raleigh to keep working for strong schools, good jobs, clean air and water (no fracking!), and for everyone to have an equal chance for  economic prosperity.

I’m also ready to fight against the forces that are trying to turn back the rights of women, minorities and anyone who disagrees with their ideology.

I’m honored to be endorsed by every major organization that has compared the positions and track records of both candidates: The Independent, Sierra Club, State Employees and AFL-CIO. 

The Progressive Democrats of NC, said that I am “THE most progressive candidate in the race.”

Women for Jeff,  40 active local women across the district, say I’m clearly the best candidate on women’s rights and economic issues.

The local teachers group, the Chatham Association of Educators, is recommending me for my “clear knowledge of public education” and “grassroots background and fearlessness.”

And many current and former elected officials across the district say I’m the most qualified, effective and electable candidate.

With this broad base of support, and your vote, we can win on Tuesday and in November.

After the polls close on Tuesday we will gather at The City Tap in downtown Pittsboro to watch the returns, thank our supporters and celebrate what we’ve achieved together.  Please join us there.

Thank you so much for your support. We couldn’t do it without you. Don’t forget to vote on Tuesday.  And please share this with your friends and lists. Every vote matters.