WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, The Collective PAC, the nation’s largest political action committee dedicated to increasing Black political engagement, representation and power across all levels of government, endorsed Cheri Beasley for the United States Senate in North Carolina. Co-founders of The Collective PAC, Quentin James and Stefanie Brown James, released the following statement:
“The Collective PAC is thrilled to endorse former North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley for the U.S. Senate in North Carolina, marking our first Senate endorsement of the 2022 election cycle. Electing a Black woman to the U.S. Senate this cycle remains a top organizational priority and we are proud to stand with a fearless and experienced champion for social justice like Cheri Beasley. As Republicans in the Senate continue to stonewall critical legislation to safeguard voting rights and increase police accountability, it has never been more important for us to elect leaders committed and ready on day one to move progressive policies forward. The Collective PAC was proud to support Cheri during her bid for chief justice in 2020 and we’re confident that she can flip this seat from red to blue next November. We look forward to helping Cheri Beasley make history as the first Black Senator from North Carolina.”
Cheri Beasley is a trailblazer who’s shown tenacity throughout her more than two decades on the bench and service as a public defender. She has a long track record of serving the people of North Carolina as a District Court Judge for the 12th Judicial District in Cumberland County, an Associate Judge on the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the first Black woman Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court. She also made history in 2008 when she became the first Black woman to win a statewide election in North Carolina without first being appointed by a governor, following her victory in the North Carolina Court of Appeals race. Throughout her esteemed career, Cheri Beasley has worked to modernize and bring transparency and accountability to the court system, as well as increase the resources available for judicial branch employees. In the Senate, Beasley will be a strong voice for today’s most pressing issues including racial equity, voting rights, criminal justice reform, education, and health care. If elected, Beasley will be the first Black person to represent North Carolina in the U.S. Senate and only the third Black woman to ever serve in the chamber. Cheri Beasley is a graduate of Rutgers University, The University of Tennessee College of Law and Duke University School of Law.
ABOUT THE COLLECTIVE PAC
The Collective PAC is working to create an America where Black people are equally represented at every level of government. The Collective PAC is strategically focused on creating a truly equitable democracy where our nation’s local, state and federal governments have diverse and talented elected leadership and Black people are fully represented in positions of power to create the policies necessary to progress our communities forward.