MOE DAVIS FOR CONGRESS NEWSLETTER
October 12, 2020
A MESSAGE FROM MOE …
We’re down to the final three weeks of a campaign that began last November. How are you holding up? We know the news each day seems even more jarring than the last. We know these next 20+ days are going to be crazy. But if we pull together and get everyone out to vote, here’s what I promise you: Better days are ahead.
INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ DAY
Monday is Indigenous Peoples’ Day, so we want to take a moment to honor the first people of Western North Carolina: the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. The EBCI were and continue to be a strong, significant and vibrant community that has left an indelible footprint on our region’s history, heritage and culture. As your member in Congress, Moe Davis will continue to be an ally to the EBCI and all native Americans and fight against injustice, unfairness and inequality.
EARLY VOTING BEGINS THURSDAY
Early voting throughout North Carolina will start Thursday and run through Oct. 31. Please check with your county to find locations. If you did not register by the Oct. 9 deadline, you can still vote with one-stop voting and registration at early voting locations.
Remember, this is the most important election of our lifetimes. Our democracy is on the line. And understand that there are people who want to make it harder for your voice to count because they benefit when fewer people vote. Don’t let them win.
Make a plan to vote. You may have to wait in line, so bring a chair if you need it. Have some water, hand sanitizer and, of course, a mask. Be patient and kind to those in line around you and staff running the polling locations.
We are in this together.
WIN THE ERA WITH PETE BUTTIGIEG AND MOE DAVIS!
We are grateful to have received an invitation to participate in a fundraiser led by 2020 Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg. Register here and join us on Tuesday
The ratings companies and election analysts are coming around to the same conclusion we realized months ago. This race is close. And it’s ours to win.
Decision Desk HQ has rated NC-11 a tossup, giving Col. Davis a 53 percent chance of winning. FiveThirtyEight.com also rates it a tossup under its “classic” analysis with emphasis on fundraising and polling to rate the race.
Also last week: The Cook Report gave its second upgrade to NC-11, once again moving the race closer and adding this district to the list of 50 that could flip in November.BUNCOMBE COUNTY SHERIFF QUENTIN MILLER ENDORSES MOE DAVIS
Buncombe County Sheriff Quentin Miller knows who he will vote for in the 2020 election: Moe Davis for Congress in North Carolina’s 11th District.
“Colonel Moe Davis will receive my vote this year when I go to the polls,’’ Sheriff Miller said. “In addition to his impressive resume, Moe brings 25 years of service in the military to the job and that really matters when the alternative choice has very little to no experience at all. I ask you to please join me in voting early and choosing Moe to represent WNC in Congress.”
Sheriff Miller served 11 years in the Army and was a 25-year veteran of the Asheville Police Department before being elected Buncombe County Sheriff in 2018. He has a lot in common with Col. Davis, who served in the Air Force for 25 years and has spent a lifetime in law enforcement as well.
“I’m deeply honored to receive the endorsement of Sheriff Quentin Miller,’’ Col. Davis said. “We have both devoted most of our adult lives to service in the military and in law enforcement and we understand that both institutions are vitally important, but they’re not perfect and it takes constant attention and effort to improve them. I really respect Sheriff Miller’s dedication to his team of law enforcement professionals and his commitment to serving the needs of the community. I look forward to his advice and counsel on issues related to law enforcement and the needs of Western North Carolina.”
VETERAN SUPPORT OVERWHELMING
“I want Colonel Davis to represent me in Congress. When have we ever had a candidate with such a combination of values, experience and above all personal integrity?”
Please take a moment to watch this video by Frank Goldsmith, former Captain in the U.S. Army and a civil rights attorney from Fletcher who served as co-chair of the North Carolina Commission of Inquiry on Torture, represented detainees at Guantanamo Bay and was named to the list of “Best Lawyers in America.”
We are grateful for all of the videos we have received from so many veterans who understand what is at stake in this election and are supporting Col. Davis. Our support from veterans will lift us over the top on Nov 3.
ENDORSEMENTS FROM PROGRESSIVE, RURAL DEMOCRATS
The Progressive Caucus of the Democratic Party of North Carolina and the United Rural Democrats have different constituencies and agendas. But these two groups have something in common.
They have both announced their endorsements of Colonel Moe Davis (USAF, Ret.) for Congress in North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District.
As the PCNCDP notes on its website, Progressive Democrats are fighting for economic, environmental, racial, and social justice and believe that everyone deserves food and shelter; health care; meaningful work that pays a living wage; a clean environment; equal protection under the law; and having their vote count.
“I’m grateful for the endorsement of the Progressive Caucus of the Democratic Party of North Carolina,’’ Col. Davis said. “We share a common vision of a North Carolina that doesn’t run from the future, but embraces it. We’re behind in Western North Carolina and progressive policies on issues from health care to the environment will benefit everyone — Democrats, Republicans and Unaffiliated voters alike.”
The United Rural Democrats is a group of many local organizations from across the nation working together to raise the banner on rural issues.
“I appreciate the United Rural Democrats endorsing my campaign to represent Western North Carolina in Congress,’’ Col. Davis said. “I spent a lot of my early years riding horses, bush hogging the pasture, frog gigging and dove hunting at my family’s farm in Rutherford County where we kept a herd of black angus cows. I understand that too often folks in rural areas feel like they’ve been forgotten. I won’t forget how I was raised and the lessons I learned from the friends and neighbors around our farm. I’ll work for everyone in Western North Carolina, rural and urban alike.”
EVERY VOTE COUNTS, AND MUST BE COUNTED
Everyone is eager for Nov. 3 to arrive, including the Moe Davis for Congress campaign. After all this time and effort, we want to know as much as anyone who wins the election.
But we can’t be so eager to declare a winner that we don’t have the patience to make sure all votes are counted. That’s a concern during this election – that some will want results right away and won’t wait for every ballot to be counted even if it takes a few days.
In North Carolina, absentee ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 3 to be counted. But they can arrive as late as Nov. 12 and still be added to the final tally. We can’t discount those votes in our rush to pick a winner on election night, particularly given potential slowdowns at the post office.
As we’ve said before, this is the most important election of our lives. We need to get this right, no matter how long it takes to count.
YOUTH AND EXUBERANCE
Young voters are our future. So it’s important that we connect with Gen-Z and Millennials to listen to their concerns and answer their questions.
That’s what Col. Davis will do on Tuesday when he sits down for a Youth and Exuberance conversation led by Jawbreaking.xyz moderator Jefferson Ellison. Join us as the conversation is live streamed on Jawbreaking YouTube, or on Twitter @ColMorrisDavis as well as and on our Facebook and YouTube channels.
$400K IN ATTACK ADS EACH WEEK
Our opponent is backed by dark money representing corporate interests like oil and fracking. As much as $400,000 is being poured into attack ads against Col. Davis each week. They desperately want to buy this seat for the least qualified candidate for Congress in the country.
Don’t let them. Please donate to help us counter those ads.
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