State Dems chair candidate scores national endorsement

Charlotte's Janice Covington Allison is first transgender candidate for party leadership role

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A candidate for the chairmanship of the North Carolina Democratic Party has received support from a member of the Democratic National Committee’s Executive Committee.

N.C. transgender delegate Janice Covington during the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. Photo Credit: David Lari/QNotes.

N.C. transgender delegate Janice Covington during the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. Photo Credit: David Lari/QNotes.

Janice Covington Allison is the first transgender candidate to run for the top leadership post in North Carolina’s Democratic Party.

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On Wednesday, Allison picked up a national endorsement from Babs Siperstein, a New Jersey Democratic donor and the first transgender person elected as a member of the DNC’s Executive Committee.

“There is much to admire about Janice, her ideals for fairness and equality for all people, her street smarts and common sense, her willingness to work hard as a leader and a team player for the Democratic Party and her tenacity and willingness to fight for what is right and the ideals of The Party! She leads by example! TENACITY… She’s got it!,” Siperstein wrote in a public status on Allison’s Facebook campaign page.

Siperstein added, “If North Carolina Democrats need to be shaken up, if the people of the Tar Heel State need a wake up call…. take North Carolina back for the PEOPLE, all the people… Janice Covington Allison could surprise everyone and do it! Just DO IT! Go Girl!!”

Allison announced her candidacy earlier this month, promising to right the party’s ship and bring Democrats back to power in Raleigh.

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“I’d like to bring the entire state back together and work as a team collectively,” Allison said during a recent WBT radio interview.

Republicans, Allison says, have “taken our state into a danger zone of changes against the people.”

Allison is running against several other candidates, including state Rep. Patsy Keever, an Asheville House member considered by some to be the lead candidate.

The election will be held in Raleigh on Feb. 7.

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Posted by Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.