Gary Pearce wrote a thoughtful post yesterday about the need for a new leadership pipeline on the left in North Carolina. Lots of people have been saying that for years, but Pearce has an insider's view that I respect ... with names attached.
Josh Stein: Rose to Minority Whip after just two years in the Senate. Focuses on education, infrastructure and innovation. Has vision and proven, practical political skills. He raised more than $400,000 this cycle, more than any other Democrat in the legislature.
Deborah Ross: An effective advocate in the legislature for the past decade. Hard-working, smart and tough. Will be an important leader in the House with the vacuum created by Joe Hackney's departure
Anthony Foxx: Mayor of NC's largest city, which is no longer a curse. Put on a great convention; delivered when the spotlight was on.
Eric Mansfield: Great resume – doctor, minister and soldier. In just one term, impressed Democrats and Republicans alike. Ran unsuccessfully for Lieutenant Governor, and some people now talk about him for new party chair.
I don't know Foxx or Mansfield, but from my experience, Gary's comments about Josh and Deborah are right on the money. These folks will be among the most critical players in the resurrection of progressive public policy in North Carolina.