We're grateful to the Long Leaf Pine Slate for supplying a clutch of new candidate videos for Democrats running in flippable NC General Assembly districts. We've also been writing about these folks for months. The Long Leaf Pine Slate has been successfully raising money for these races all year. Some of the results can be seen in the professional introductory videos -- quick hits of personality and vital biography highlighted by snazzy graphics, so that although the candidate talks directly to the camera, they never lapse into static "talking-head" mode. I'll be highlighting these videos one at a time over coming days/weeks.
Ricky Hurtado in House District 63 (Alamance County). The Republican incumbent is former Wells-Fargo executive Steve Ross. District is rated "Competitive Lean Republican." Ross won reelection in 2018 by barely edging by Democratic candidate Erica McAdoo, and the district has been redrawn to be slightly more Democratic friendly. Trump won this district with only 50.01 percent of the vote in 2016.
"Hurtado is the son of working-class immigrants and a first-generation graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and Princeton. He is a tireless advocate for educational and racial equity, economic security for working-class families, and child well-being." "Hurtado was a Morehead-Cain Scholar who is now a professor at UNC-Chapel Hill."