Union County Democrats focused on differences between their party and Republicans in March 6 at the annual precinct cluster meeting.
Dr. Ken Baker, an obstetrician/gynecologist running against Republican incumbent Rep. Craig Horn for the North Carolina House District 68 seat, thanked the more than 90 people in attendance for showing up and urged them to get involved.
“All the Republicans want to do is tear things down,” Baker said. “If we don’t speak, they will not hear our message.”
He also said Republican candidates have no concept of how to use contraceptives, criticizing their stance on birth control.
Rep. Robert Weaver, an Indian Trail resident working for District 8 Rep. Larry Kissell’s re-election campaign, spoke about his passion for the lawmaker. Weaver, a veteran and family man, said he believed strongly in Kissell’s stance on veterans’ issues.
Union County Democratic Chair Ed McGuire, who ran for N.C. Senate in 2010, stated he has four daughters and 11 grandchildren. In discussing womens’ rights, he argued current lawmakers aren’t addressing the needs of women.
“I do not want an assault on my daughters or granddaughters,” McGuire said. “I do not think the Republicans are addressing the needs of women. There are less women in Congress than there are women in politics in the Western world. If the Republicans win, you know what comes next – take away (a) woman’s right to vote! We are at the most critical time since suffrage,” McGuire said. “White males in Washington are determining our daughters’ decisions. For my daughters and granddaughters, I am in the fight with you.”
Also speaking was District Court 9 judicial candidate Althea Richardson-Tucker, an attorney in Union County for 23 years.
“I have compassion and firmness with integrity, and I am respectful,” she said.
All total, 21 of the 50 precincts were represented at the meeting. With March 8 marking the “International Day of the Woman,” all speakers focused on issues pertaining to women.
After listening to the speakers, the group split into precincts, to elect delegates to the county convention, which will be held April 14.