A recent column cites opposition to an anti-choice bill to claim that North Carolina Democrats are “rejecting moderates,” yet ignores the party’s priorities, recent accomplishments, and the attacks on reproductive rights happening across the South (“Democrats rejecting moderates in state politics,” May 21 issue).  

Last year, on our Rural NC Listening Tour, I visited over 40 rural counties to hear from rural voters. Overwhelmingly, people were concerned with kitchen table issues like affordable healthcare, quality public education, clean water, well-paying jobs, a fairer economy, and access to the ballot box.

North Carolina Democrats have always been committed to these issues that unite us.

That’s why we recruited candidates to run in every single legislative district in 2018. That’s why we launched “Our Carolina Promise,” a unified agenda focused on common-sense priorities.

The results speak for themselves: we flipped 11 districts that President Trump won and broke the Republican supermajority — by running quality candidates, including moderates, who fit their districts.

Opposing a bill that’s part of a larger nationwide attack on reproductive rights isn’t about “purity.”

It’s about values. Standing up for reproductive justice is something to be proud of – just like our big tent party, the party that truly reflects Tar Heel diversity.

WAYNE GOODWIN

N.C. Democratic

Party chairman,

Rockingham, N.C.

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