Former Charlotte Mayor Harvey Gantt endorsed Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Ken Lewis today, saying he believes Lewis can “finish the job we started” 20 years ago.
Gantt was his party’s first African American Senate nominee in 1990 and 1996, when he went on to lose to Republican Sen. Jesse Helms.
Lewis is one of six Democrats running for the Senate seat held by Republican Richard Burr.
Asked how North Carolina has changed for an African American Democrat such as Lewis since he ran in 1990s, Gantt said the state went Democratic in 2008 – and voted for a black candidate for president.
Gantt said Lewis could win by focusing on “kitchen table” issues like he did.