The Chance to Return a Democratic Woman to the Tar Heel House Delegation
State Representative Alma Adams has spent nearly three decades fighting for women and families in and around North Carolina. And with the nomination of Rep. Mel Watt to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency, she’s ready to take her brand of no-nonsense leadership to Congress — and bring a woman’s perspective to the Tar Heel state’s currently all-male Democratic House delegation. North Carolina hasn’t sent a new Democratic woman to the House since the 1992 election of former Rep. Eva Clayton — and Alma’s strong record of leadership on choice, equality, education and the environment make her a worthy successor to Rep. Clayton’s legacy.
A Longtime Fighter for Women, Teachers, and Working Families
The first African American ever elected to the Greensboro County School Board, Alma vigorously promoted quality education for all students. She continued that advocacy during ten terms in the state House, spearheading legislation to boost funds for Historically Black Colleges and Universities and provide nutritious breakfasts in schools, while supporting increased pay for teachers. A working mother of two, Alma pioneered the Displaced Homemakers Bill and successfully spearheaded the state’s first minimum wage increase in nine years.
A Decisive Primary Victory Leading to an Historic Election
Alma not only ran a strong campaign to win a seven-way primary in early May, she did so winning over 40% of the vote, eliminating the need for a run-off election and putting her campaign in the best possible position for another victory in November. Because Alma is running in a special election, if she is elected, she would be seated shortly after Election Day, joining 79 women in the House and 20 women in the Senate to become the 100th woman concurrently serving in Congress. Support from EMILY’s List will help elevate this proven leader to achieve a historic milestone.