Cheri Beasley, the first black woman elected to the North Carolina Supreme Court launched her 2022 Senate Campaign. If elected, Cheri Beasley will make history again as the state’s first black senator. With Kamala Harris as Vice President, there are currently no black women Senators. Democrats seek to claim the Senate seat vacated by Republican Sen. Richard Burr.
In a video, Cheri Beasley said, “For too many families across North Carolina, the doors of opportunity have been closed. I’m running for Senate because it is time for that to change”.
Beasley holds an impressive record of public service. After graduating from college at Rutgers University, she earned her law degree from the University of Tennessee. From there she worked as a public defender in Fayetteville. She became a district judge shortly after. In 2008, she was elected to the NC Court of Appeals. In 2014 she was elected as Associate Judge of the NC state supreme court. In 2019, she became the first black woman to serve as chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court.
Cheri Beasley joins former state senator, Erica Smith, Virologist Richard Watkins, and Mayor Rett Newton in the race. There is also talk of the former president’s daughter-in-law, Lara Trump joining the race. The 2022 Senate elections are important as the future control of the Senate is at stake. Currently, Democrats hold control of the Senate with Kamala Harris as the tiebreaker.
“Whether it is health care, education, the ability to find work that supports a family or retire with dignity, too often Washington only responds to the well connected. As we come out of this pandemic, now more than ever, that needs to end, ” said Cheri Beasley.
Danielle Sanders is a writer and journalist living in Chicago. Find her on social media @DanieSandersOfficial.