Remember how my opponent's wife and friend from high school (and a neighbor) tried to kick me off the ballot so my opponent could run unopposed? Well . . . the money paid to the lawyers and to the P.I. wasn't reported in the campaign's financials and now - - my opponent's campaign is being investigated by the Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement.
So, there you have it. Had the wife, friend and neighbor just focused on running a fair, dignified and constitutional campaign - like the kind my opponent said he believed in when he ran against an incumbent, he wouldn't be in this predicament.
But the irony here is even richer. Looks like the challenge against him was filed on October 9, 2018. That is right around when I started getting Notices of Appeal regarding the challenges filed against me - that means the wife, friend and neighbor are still at it! Hope they remember to file an accurate financial report next time.
Tomorrow is a big day!
First stop: Meck Bar Lunch Forum.
Second stop: AKA Forum, addy below
Third stop: League of Women Voters forum, addy below.
Friday I'm working on my chili recipe because Saturday I'm in a Chili Cook Off hosted by the Kiwanis Club - come on out! We will be at Camp North End between 11-2. Come on out and vote for "Best Damn Chili".
Hope to see you at an event soon. We have buttons and palm cards/door hangers - come get your swag!
I've been endorsed!
The Char- Meck Association of Educators; the Meck Democratic Party & the Black Political Caucus of Char-Meck have endorsed me - I am honored.
I went canvassing on Saturday. By and large folks are ready and enthusiastic for "game day"!
On Sunday I went to 4 events, it was exhausting but inspiring. I am meeting so many new, smart, insightful and dedicated people. This has been an awesome experience.
This week on Thursday, I'll be at the Meck Bar candidate forum at 12 p.m., then at the AKA forum at Friendship Missionary Church at 5:30, then at the League of Women's Voters Forum at 501 N. Tryon at 7- come on out!
Last night I attended a forum hosted by 100 Black Women - it was well catered and attended. Only 4 Judicial candidates including me. Of the 4, only 3 District Court candidates . . . the 3 Democrats from 26A.
Tonight I'll be at the Black Political Caucus forum. Come on out and join the discussion!
Today I canvassed with the NC Dems. We weren't in my district but I'm still doing my part. We had our Sabrina Blain for District Court Judge tee-shirts on. At the Panera Bread on Fairview a woman asked me if I was on the ballot. Her words were "eerie". She said something like: "you're on the ballot?" or "so you're on the ballot"? I didn't know this woman. Why would she think otherwise when I'm standing with my tee-shirt on? She may be in my opponent's camp or has been speaking to someone in his camp. Also last Friday at a deposition my opposing counsel asked me: "are you back on the ballot?" and our friend and campaign volunteer Edwin Quarles heard that there is a great deal of misinformation out there - - purposefully or not, I don't know. But, I want to assure you that I am on the ballot, I've never not been on it. My opponent's wife and friends may still be trying to remove me from the ballot, but we believe the law is on our side and we will meet those challenges as they come. In the mean time, we are out shaking things up. Next weekend we canvass in our district. Join us?
Tomorrow, 9/24 at 7:00 p.m. I'll be at a candidate's forum at First Baptist Church on Oaklawn at 7 p.m. Come on out!
I was speaking with a fellow attorney at the Courthouse earlier this week who told me how much she enjoyed my campaign emails, she said they are like a blog lol. So I've decided to blog about the election and the campaign.
This past week I was endorsed by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Association of Educators. I'm very proud to have been endorsed by our teachers. My daughters both attended CMS schools for a large portion of their school years, and they are great "kids" - lol, they are 20. Judge Brooks and Judge Cureton were also endorsed.
I also attended the League of Women Voters Forum for non judicial candidates. It's amazing the things one learns at these events - did you know that the State pays the teachers and Sheriff's Deputies and Mecklenburg County pays a subsidy? I had no idea.
The League of Women Voters' Judicial Candidates Forum is in October, "watch this space" - to borrow a line from Rachel Maddow.
We've ordered yard signs. Please let me know if you want to display one for us and we'll get it to you. We've also ordered buttons, let me know if you want one or 20 to give to your friends, lol.
We raised some money and have had promising inquiries re: additional donations coming our way. As always, any help is appreciated.
I had a brief on the fly conversation with someone involved in my opponent's wife's efforts to remove me from the race, and based on that conversation, I believe her efforts continue. We will face those challenges as they come.
For now, I am super excited to canvass tomorrow with the NCDems!
More to come,
I’m running for District Court Judge, Seat 3, in District 26 A.
Some of you have been supporting me since I announced my candidacy back in February and some of you are new – welcome!
Hard to believe, we are less than 60 days from Election Day and only 30 days away from Early Voting.
Let me catch you up on what’s been happening and where we are headed.
For the past 6 weeks or so I’ve been embroiled in litigation over my ability to run in this race. My opponent's wife and friend from high school tried to keep me off the ballot - had they prevailed, my opponent would have been unopposed in the race.
Wanting to keep me off the ballot struck me as -- odd, because when my opponent ran against incumbent Hon. Tyyawdi Hands, he said: "I believe in the democracy of the way we have things set up here in North Carolina and I think every race should be challenged," See the whole article.
After a 7 hour hearing, at which 9 witnesses testified, the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections ruled against me on both challenges.
Believing deeply that the Board was incorrect, I filed appeals.
Finally now, after about 10 hours of litigation, countless hours of research and preparation, it's over. I am on the ballot!
I will work just as hard and with the same tenacity for the litigants of Mecklenburg County with which I beat back my challenger’s wife and friends. I do not give up. Hard work; reasoned, thoughtful solutions; even temperment – those are key.
I have been practicing law since my opponent was in middle school. I have had a long and varied career during which I have developed a unique skill set, honed by hard work, trial and yes, error; late nights and weekends, pouring over books, talking to clients – holding their hands; running a law practice and never, ever, losing my humanity, my empathy.
I am a Mother, a lawyer, a partner, a small business owner, and one of you. I hear you. I have been tuned in since day 1 of my legal career as a staff attorney with The Legal Aid Society and through my days representing the most vulnerable – our children – at The Children’s Rights Society. I have never lost my compassion and commitment, through private practice in big firms and small, affluent firms and – not so affluent and now in my solo practice.
I am the best choice for seat 3. I invite you to speak with litigants who have had cases before my opponent, here is a list: I Have First Hand Experience, call them.
Please come out and meet me, we will post our next event soon. Or, if you are having an event or want to open your home or office, I’ll come to you.
It is important that we work together.
We can do this!