The race for NC’s 12th District race will be as easy as the race for the 11th District is wild. Democrat incumbent Alma Adams is the only candidate on the ballot in this year’s election.
However, the decades-long fight over gerrymandering in this state featured the 12th District race on a regular basis. The district ran along Interstate 85 from the Greensboro area down to Charlotte for more than 20 years, but that area changed drastically in 2016. Now, the 12th District now is in part of Mecklenburg County.
This is the next-to-last story in North Carolina News Daily’s series examining the Congressional races across the state. To look at previous stories, click on any of these links: 1st District, 2nd District, 3rd District, 4th District, 5th District, 6th District, 7th District, 8th District, 9th District, 10th District, and 11th District.
Now, let’s get to know Adams a bit more:
Incumbent: Alma Adams (D)
Years in Congress: 5
Committees: Committee on Education and the Workforce, Committee on Financial Services and Committee on Agriculture
Previous political experience: NC House of Representatives (1994-2014), Greensboro City Council (1987-94) and Greensboro School Board (1984-86)
Background: Adams taught art at Bennett College, a private, all-female historically black college in Greensboro for 40 years. She holds two degrees from North Carolina A&T, and she has a doctorate in art education and multicultural education from the Ohio State University. The biography on her official U.S. House website says Adams pushed for Bennett’s students to become more involved in the governing process.
Adams is also known for her extensive collection of hats.
Platform: Adams is located in the middle of the pack of liberal members of Congress, according to GovTrack’s ideology-leadership scale. She received high marks from the Human Rights Campaign, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and the American Civil Liberties Union.
Half of the bills Adams has sponsored while in Congress have dealt with either health or education.
The 12th District Race has Historically Been a Lock
There’s no need to examine polls or look up histories about which party represented the 12th District. Barring a successful write-in campaign or a scandal forcing her resignation, Adams will win a fourth term in the U.S. House.
But just in case you’re interested: Two Democrats have represented the 12th District since its creation in the early 1990s. Mel Watt spent more than two decades in Congress representing the 12th; he resigned in January 2014 to become the director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency under President Barack Obama.
Watt was succeeded by Adams.
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