As Early Voting Begins, Art Sherwood Focuses on ‘Real North Carolina Values’

After nearly a year of campaigning, state senate candidate says restoring ‘Real North Carolina Values’ must be first priority of new legislature 


October 19, 2016 

LENOIR, N.C. – As one-stop or “early” voting begins in North Carolina, Art Sherwood, the Democratic candidate for N.C. Senate District 45, today said that for the balance of the campaign, he will focus on championing “Real North Carolina Values.”

Art Sherwood

Art Sherwood

(See the video, “Restoring North Carolina Values: Civility”).

Sherwood said, “After nearly a year of campaigning, it has become clear to me that the most important task that will be facing the next North Carolina General Assembly is to restore real North Carolina values as our state’s guiding principles.” He continued, “While we have a multitude of issues that our lawmakers must deal with – as you will see here and here – we must first be about the business of restoring real North Carolina values.”

He added, “Indeed, you can watch a brief video here about the first value I believe we need to restore – civility. You can also read my position paper: ‘Restoring Real North Carolina Values: Civility,’ on our website, where you can also see the video.”

Sherwood offered, “When I decided to run for the North Carolina State Senate nearly a year ago, there were many compelling reasons to do so. However, little did I know then that my principle motivation would end up being the most important issue facing our nation as we approach Election Day.” He explained, “Though there is much I hope to accomplish as a state senator, I want to start by addressing the damage caused by the misappropriation of Christian beliefs by conservatives for political gain. Under the guise of ‘North Carolina values,’ many cruel policies have been adopted.”

He continued, “The damage caused by this to our political and faith institutions is real and dangerous. People – especially younger people – are quickly losing faith in these institutions that are foundational to our republic. A loss of faith in our institutions by our youngest – and largest – generation is a crisis we cannot endure.”

Sherwood argued, “The truth is, we’ve abandoned our values. The first among them is civility. If we’re not nice to one another, we’re just not going to get anything done. And in time, being unkind can lead to unadulterated hate. Such an outlook towards one another – or those we are called to serve – is counter to what is taught in Sunday schools across this state every week – ‘Love your neighbor.’”

Sherwood concluded, “Sadly our state’s people continue to see our once great values eroded because our leading elected officials refuse to embrace and model civility. We have, we can, and we must do better. That is why, upon taking office, my first order of business will be to personally seek out each senator and seek first to understand before seeking to be understood.”

Senate District 45 includes five counties – Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Caldwell and Watauga. Sherwood is a resident of Caldwell County. Early voting begins Oct. 20 and runs through Nov. 5. Election Day is Nov. 8.


Contact the Campaign

To speak with Art Sherwood, please call (828) 434-0563. To speak with Campaign Manager Michael Barrick, please call (828) 434-8520.

Position Papers

Restoring Real North Carolina Values: Civility

Ask Any Teacher if Raleigh Republicans Value Education

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Faith in Politics and Government

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