Several elected officials in the Orange County community recently voiced their support of Cheri Beasley’s candidacy in the upcoming U.S. Senate race.

The former North Carolina Supreme Court chief justice, who is the first Black woman to hold the position, announced her entry into the race on Tuesday. She is the fourth Democratic candidate to announce intentions to vie for Republican Senator Richard Burr’s seat once he retires in 2022.

Among the social media reaction to Beasley campaign announcement were several local government leaders in Orange County. Chapel Hill Town Council members Michael Parker, Karen Stegman, Tai Huynh, Allen Buansi and Jessica Anderson all shared reactions on Twitter voicing their support.

Four of Carrboro’s six town council members also shared support of the former state chief justice’s campaign: Barbara Foushee, Damon Seils, Susain Romaine and Randee Haven-O’Donnell.

Hillsborough Mayor Jenn Weaver also posted her support of Beasley on Tuesday.

Additionally, Orange County Commissioners Renee Price, Sally Browne and Jamezetta Bedford voiced their support Beasley, as did Orange County representative in the North Carolina General Assembly Verla Insko.

Beasley served as the state Supreme Court chief justice from March 2019 until the beginning of 2021, when she lost election to then-Associate Justice Paul Newby by 401 votes. Previously, voters elected her to the North Carolina Court of Appeals before being appointed to the Supreme Court in 2012.

North Carolina’s 2022 primary election is set to be held on March 8, 2022.


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