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N.C. Senate 40: McAdoo

Five people are vying to replace four-term senator Malcolm Graham. The winner of this Democratic primary gets the job because there is no opposition in the general election.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg School board member Joyce Waddell and former Charlotte city councilman Nasif Majeed have both held local public office. The three other candidates – Morris McAdoo, Matt Newton and Ty Turner – are novice politicians. McAdoo, a former prosecutor, is a civil rights attorney whose work has focused on disability claims and Medicaid issues. Matt Newton is a trial lawyer whose firm represents indigent clients. Ty Turner is a small business owner.

All five have extensive civic involvement, and they agree on most issues.

Experience is valuable, but voters should pick a candidate who has a broad knowledge of the issues, offers thoughtful ideas and has ability to advocate effectively for solutions. Two have articulated a vision and shown their capabilities more than the rest – McAdoo and Newton.

McAdoo can immediately apply his expertise with Medicaid and managed care systems to identify policy solutions to the state’s huge problems in those areas. He understands the need to appropriately balance tax reforms with investments in people and communities to ensure North Carolina stays a safe and prosperous place for all.

With McAdoo’s expertise on Medicaid and managed care issues, we give him the slight nod.

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