Deborah Ross (D-NC)

Deborah Ross is running to defeat right-wing North Carolina U.S. Senator Richard Burr. Ross is a lawyer, a ten-year member of the NC state house, and a former state director of ACLU of NC. When Ross announced her campaign for the Senate it was considered a long shot, but on March 15, 2016, she handily won the Democratic primary against three other opponents and has continued to make gains against Burr.

Background and Achievements

Ross graduated with a B.A. from Brown University and a J.D. degree from UNC Chapel Hill. She served in the North Carolina House from 2003-2013 and a House Democratic whip. Ross advocated for NC public workers, fought for women’s equal pay, and to reduce domestic violence. She was a strong advocate for teachers and students. She was a senior lecturing fellow at Duke Law School and practiced law for 25 years. An advocate of mass transportation, she left the House to become legal counsel for GoTriangle, a light rail system, connecting Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill to surrounding areas.

Ross graduated with a B.A. from Brown University and a J.D. degree from UNC Chapel Hill. She served in the North Carolina House from 2003-2013 and as House Democratic Whip. Ross advocated for NC public workers, fought for women’s equal pay, and to reduce domestic violence. She was a strong advocate for teachers and students. She was a senior lecturing fellow at Duke Law School and practiced law for 25 years. An advocate of mass transportation, she left the House to become legal counsel for GoTriangle, a light rail system, connecting Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill to surrounding areas.

Positions on Key Issues

  • Fights for investment in education and infrastructure
  • Advocate for equal pay for women and will work to raise the minimum wage
  • Fights for paid family medical leave and strengthening Social Security and Medicare
  • Advocate for reproductive rights, fight efforts to restrictt abortion and defund family planning
  • Advocate for early child education and funding of child care programs
  • Advocate for investing in public education and affordable public colleges and universities
  • Leader for efforts to protect the environment and natural resources

Prospects & Opponents

Ross easily won her Democratic primary.  Burr was ahead in the polls but the race is considered tight now by Public Policy Polling (Democratic leaning) with Ross within 5 points in public polls now. According to PPP, Burr has only 32% of voters approving of the job he is doing and 40% disapproving.  Even Real Clear Politics (Republican leaning) has the race according to Survey/USA with Burr at 45% and Ross at 37%.  When an incumbent is below 50% they are considered vulnerable.

 

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