Congressman David Price (D) has endorsed Sarah Crawford in the Democratic primary for NC Senate District 18. The district—currently held by Republican John Alexander and includes Franklin County and portions of Wake County—was one of the closer races of 2018. After the court-ordered redistricting at the end of 2019, some of the more Republican precincts of northwestern Wake County were drawn out while the more Democratic precincts to the south of the district were added. This change was enough for FlipNC to rank the seat as an easy Democratic pick-up.
Sen. Alexander is not running again and there are primaries in both parties. On the Democratic side, Crawford is facing Angela Bridgman who describes herself as “the first openly-transgender[sic] candidate for State Legislature.”
Crawford was the Democratic nominee for this seat in 2014 where she took 47% of the vote against Republican Chad Barefoot. She is the national director for Single Stop, an organization that seeks to address poverty by connecting low-income families with resources that are available to them. Crawford has a history of political donations that goes back to 2010 and includes candidates such as Colleen Deacon of New York, former NC Congressman Brad Miller, and Barack Obama.
Crawford has been focusing on issues surrounding healthcare and education, stating “we must address all the barriers to success, including food and housing insecurity as well as tuition costs [for students],” although she does not provide specific policy ideas for how to address those issues.
The primary will be held on March 3rd with early voting beginning on February 13th. Absentee mail-in ballots are already being sent out.