RALEIGH – Sen. Thom Tillis (RINO-NC) is racking up 2020 challengers. Over the weekend, N.C. Senator Erica Smith (D-Bertie) announced her intentions to run for U.S. Senate in 2020.
It’s official: I’m running for US Senate in 2020. 🇺🇸 I’m committed to serving Senate District 3 with continued excellence throughout my term at the NCGA. But I hope to soon have the honor of serving all 100 counties of the Old North State as North Carolina’s next US Senator!
— Erica D. Smith (@EricaForNC) January 26, 2019
A high school teacher in currently serving her third term in the N.C. Senate, Smith represents all, or portions of, Beaufort, Bertie, Martin, Northhampton, Vance, and Warren Counties in the north east portion of the state.
With a series of tweets Smith highlighted her experience as an engineer, minister, and teacher, while promising to run a campaign ‘for the people.’
Smith is the third Democrat to announce intentions to challenge the aisle-crossing Thom Tillis. Trevor Fuller, a Mecklenburg County Commissioner made it official last week, and Raleigh Democrat and tax attorney Eva Lee announced her intentions way back in July of 2017.
As unpopular as Tillis is, it shouldn’t be a surprise if even more aspiring senators announce bids to replace him. Even better, a real conservative could emerge to primary Tillis in an effort to provide the Old North State with more principled representation.