SALISBURY, N.C.—Aug. 27, 2020—CNN political commentator and author Bakari Sellers has endorsed Al Heggins for North Carolina House District 76.
Sellers, an attorney who wrote My Vanishing Country: A Memoir, became the youngest African-American elected official in the United States at the age of 22 when he won a seat in the South Carolina legislature in 2006. Sellers will be the featured guest speaker during a virtual fundraiser for Heggins on Sept. 27 at 8 p.m.
“Mayor Pro Tem Heggins’s commitment to marginalized communities is reflected in a comprehensive agenda that aims to tackle disparities that existed in North Carolina for far too long. She is unafraid to stand with public school teachers and has laid out a real vision to reform our broken criminal justice system,” Sellers said. “I am proud to endorse Al Heggins, and I look forward to her leadership in building a safer and more inclusive North Carolina.”
Heggins was the first African-American woman elected to the Salisbury City Council and the first African-American woman to serve as mayor. She is currently the mayor pro tem of Salisbury.
“Receiving this endorsement from Bakari Sellers is very humbling and a huge honor,” Heggins said. “He is the kind of leader who models authentic and transformative public service. Bakari is about honoring the public we serve and boldly speaking to how elected officials must address the issues of poverty, racial disparities and systemic failures with exigency. I happen to agree.”
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