An experienced leader who puts North Carolina working families first
As the daughter of a Vietnam-era Air Force veteran and pre-school teacher, Deborah Ross grew up believing that service to country and community is a part of living our values. “I was raised to believe you could do anything – be anything – but too many people in North Carolina today feel that's becoming harder and harder,” she has said. Deborah has put her values into action throughout her career in public service. As an attorney for over 25 years, Deborah’s work has focused on fighting for fairness, equality, and opportunity for all North Carolinians. As the former executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina and as a member of the North Carolina General Assembly for 10 years, she passionately and effectively defended access to reproductive health care, including birth control. Deborah served in the North Carolina state House from 2003 to 2013, where she quickly earned a reputation as one of the most effective legislators in the state. Deborah worked tirelessly to protect voting rights, fund transit and transportation projects, increase access to affordable housing, and raise the minimum wage for state employees, and she served as both majority and minority whip and chaired the Judiciary, Ethics, and Election Laws Committees. She and her husband, Steve, are active in the Raleigh community where they’ve worked and lived for over 25 years.
A champion for North Carolina working families
Deborah is running for Congress to expand economic opportunity for all North Carolina families. “I came to North Carolina for an education and what I gained was so much more,” she has said. “Here in Wake County, I found a community that cares about our region, our people and our future. Together, we’ve created one of the fastest-growing areas in the country. But along with all of this new opportunity come some serious challenges in transportation infrastructure, housing, healthcare, education, climate change and more. Unfortunately, Congress has responded to challenges like those facing our communities with stop gaps and legislating from crisis to crisis. The truth is, Washington has lost its way catering to special interests and we all pay the price. Part of changing how Washington does business is changing who we send there.” When elected, Deborah will be a fierce advocate for her community and state in Congress.
An opportunity to turn a newly-drawn seat blue
Last year, facing pressure from the North Carolina Supreme Court, lawmakers in the state had to redraw illegally gerrymandered congressional districts that heavily favored Republicans in this purple state. The Republican incumbent chose not to seek reelection in the newly competitive 2nd District, and Deborah, who was the 2016 Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate, won the Democratic nomination in March. She now faces extreme Republican Alan Swain in the general election for this new open seat, and the GOP will do everything in their power to keep their hold on the North Carolina congressional delegation. Deborah is running a strong grassroots campaign, and she has what it takes to win in November. Let’s show Deborah the full support of the EMILY’s List community and help elect this champion for North Carolina working families to Congress.