Two candidates in the same party. Both respected. Both viable and ready to take office. Both with deep ties to their communities. Both with mutual friends, allies and supporters. Local voters will face a tough choice between John Autry and Billy Maddalon.
This year’s failed LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination effort was among the questions asked of voters in a Charlotte Observer poll — and the responses highlight and confirm the contention and division we saw over the effort earlier this year.
Below is an open letter I penned today and sent to several members of the Winston-Salem community, including officers of the Forsyth County Democratic Party.
Tuesday is Election Day, and for the first time in a decade, the chances of an openly gay or lesbian candidate being elected to the North Carolina General Assembly are slim to none.