N.C. Senate candidate welcomes support from group committed to justice 

September 8, 2016 

LENOIR, N.C. Art Sherwood, the Democratic candidate for North Carolina Senate District 45, has received the endorsement of the Equality NC Action Fund.

Art Sherwood
Art Sherwood

Responding, Sherwood said, “From the moment I filed for office, I have been committed to ending legal discrimination in North Carolina against our friends in the LGBTQ community. The General Assembly’s assault upon those in the LGBTQ community is an assault upon all North Carolinians. As such, it is an assault upon the tolerance and sense of fairness for which North Carolina was once known. It is gratifying to be allied with Equality NC in their fight for equal treatment under the law for all of North Carolina’s citizens.”

According to the group’s endorsement letter, “The Equality NC Action Fund is the PAC working for a North Carolina in which lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people can live and work free from discrimination and violence. We work to end legal discrimination in North Carolina through the political process by electing candidates who share our values of freedom, family, and fairness.”

Sherwood commented, “I could not agree more. It saddens me that we still seek to marginalize people based on their sexual orientation. It saddens me because I’ve seen first-hand the challenges faced by our allies in the LGBTQ community. Decades ago, a colleague at work entrusted me with the news that he is gay. As I walked with him through the painful process of ‘coming out,’ little did I know this experience would prepare me for the time, some years later, when a close relative also revealed that he is gay. It was much easier for me to understand and simply be there for my relative because of the experience with my colleague. As a Christian, it is my duty to love. There is no place of us to judge others. As the saying we learned in Sunday School goes, ‘God don’t make no junk.’ Our governor and General Assembly have done great harm to those in the LGBTQ community, and it is time to put a stop to it. I will go to Raleigh fighting for real North Carolina values – such as acceptance and kindness.”

Senate District 45 includes five counties – Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Caldwell and Watauga. Sherwood is a resident of Caldwell County. The General Election will be held on November 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.

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