Who am I?

For Alma Adams, education and women's rights aren't political issues, they are personal issues that have shaped who she is today and how she represents the people she serves.

Growing up in a single parent household, Alma saw that the best way to get ahead was through dedication and hard work. Her mother's sacrifices motivated Alma to not only complete her own education, but to pursue a path that led her to teaching in the classroom too. Alma is a strong, divorced mother who raised two wonderful children--including a daughter who followed Alma's lead and became a teacher herself.

Alma's introduction to politics was on the Greensboro City School Board, where she became the first African-American woman elected to that body and a strong advocate for educational opportunities for everyone in her community. After serving on the Greensboro City School Board, Alma was elected to the Greensboro City Council where she led efforts for affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization programs. Alma served on the Greensboro City Council until she was appointed to the General Assembly in 1994 by Governor James B. Hunt.

Alma's service in the North Carolina House of Representatives has been distinguished by her efforts to improve the lives of women, children and families. She has sponsored and supported legislation to strengthen domestic violence laws; worked to improve adolescent pregnancy programs; and supported legislation for quality, affordable health care for seniors and children.

As a former chair of the North Carolina Women’s Legislative Caucus, Alma has helped to introduce numerous bills to strengthen laws to protect children, women and families and has been a key and vocal supporter of women’s health and reproductive rights.

As an educator and artist, Adams has been a strong supporter of North Carolina’s colleges, universities and schools and she has been a strong advocate for the arts and culture.

Alma Adams as always believed that a quality education is the path to the middle class. She has fought tirelessly to improve our public schools and protect women’s rights from the extremists in the legislature. Alma also led the effort to increase the minimum wage in North Carolina, earning her statewide recognition as a champion for the middle class.

Alma will be a Congresswoman who fights to make Congress focus on the issues that matter most to women and families throughout our district.

Alma Adams received her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Art Education from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro and took her Ph.D. in Art Education and Multicultural Education from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

Alma is an active member of New Zion Baptist Church in Greensboro and has been a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority since 1978.

Why am I running?

As a mother, grandmother and teacher, I'm outraged by how Republicans in Congress keep ignoring the needs of our families. There needs to be a strong progressive voice to stand up to them in Washington.

It is a critical time for our nation. It requires someone with a proven record of standing up for what matters. I have that proven record, and in Congress I will continue to provide that same passionate leadership to help working families.

In Congress, I'll work to raise the federal minimum wage (just as I did in the NC General Assembly) to an actual "living wage" and index it to inflation. I will do everything I can to help grow the middle class and help those who need a hand up to get there.

I'll continue to be an outspoken champion for women's issues from their health care and right to choose to pay equity. Everyone knows how strongly I feel about these issues, and I will be the leader women need in Congress. I will also fight against any voter suppression efforts, any attempt to cut Social Security or Medicare, and I will stand up to the Tea Party to ensure the tax burden isn't put on the middle class.

My Goals

1.) Raise the federal minimum wage to a living wage indexed to inflation.

I worked tirelessly to raise the minimum wage here in North Carolina. After 10 years of trying, I was finally able to get my bill passed to increase the state's minimum wage. I will do the same in Congress. I will work hard and build support for this. The public support is already there. I will use petitions and show the support of the people to help get others on board to raise the federal minimum wage. I will work with outside groups from labor to religious alliances to help organize more support. I have already done this in the past.

I also have a history of standing up for those who earn such low wages and must live in poverty while working a full time job. I have joined the ministerial alliance in protests outside of retailers who pay just the minimum wage, and just recently I have protested with the fast food workers who need to earn a living wage to make ends meet.

2.) Equal pay for equal work. The Lily Ledbetter Act was a great start, but we still need to do more to ensure there is pay equity between genders. I will always be a champion for women's issues.

I have worked with women's organizations in my state for workplace equity, displaced homemakers, health clinics and more. I stood up passionately for Planned Parenthood when they were under attack in the NC General Assembly. I will continue to do that. It is just appalling that a woman makes only .70 for every dollar a man makes. I will work hard everyday to eliminate that type of discrimination.

3.) Making it easier, not harder to vote. I will oppose any voter suppression efforts and will work on legislation to address the current trends we are seeing across the country. I am concerned about the Supreme Court’s ruling that overturned critical sections of the Voting Rights Act.

Specifically Congress needs to rework section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 so that current section 5 (still existing) can be applicable. Section 4 sets out the criteria that was necessary for the Voting Rights Act to be implemented, and since changes have occurred in voting patterns since the act was implemented the criteria needs to be revisited and reworked.

I will address the voter suppression efforts that have been rampant throughout our country as well. We need to ensure everyone has a chance to vote without fear or intimidation.

Once again, I have been outspoken on this issue. I publicly and loudly opposed the "Monster Law" in NC which is set to suppress and oppress voters. I participated in Moral Mondays and worked with the NAACP and other organizations to engage the public on this issue. We must repeal this new law in NC, but we need to address this at the federal level so states cannot define their own democracy.

My DFA Values

I believe my values are closely aligned with DFA. I value community as much as anyone. I believe in being inclusive and bringing people to the table so their voice is heard. People need to be heard and be a part of the process. I have always encouraged my community to get involved. From my students at Bennett College to my constituents in the 58th house district, I want to hear from everyone and I want them to participate in the process. Everyone needs to be included.

My campaign will be a people powered campaign and will include people from all backgrounds. It will be a campaign that is based upon listening to the people of the 12th district and standing up for them.

As my record suggests, I have never been afraid to stand up for what is right. I am proud to take stands on the causes I believe in and for what the people want.

Security is also very important. We can be more secure by creating allies and working together. Community values can help lead to the better security. I agree we must be more energy independent and create a growing middle class where the economy is strong across the board. The military industrial complex is alive and well today. War for profit is never okay. Our campaign will be remain focused on the issues that matter, and I will work hard to earn the votes of the people by listening to their concerns.

Your value of liberty is something I am proud to share. I will stand up to the corporate greed, the right wing extremists, and anyone who tries to weaken our democracy, right to privacy, and our basic liberties. These are all things I am passionate about, and I will be talking about them during my campaign. I will not tolerate anyone being discriminated against or being taken advantage.

Through community we can help uphold these values. Together, we can make a difference.

My Campaign is People Powered!

I have actively engaged grassroots organizations throughout my district. I will continue to work with them to reach out more and more people. I have participated in several town halls and forums - not candidate forums at this point but community meetings to discuss issues and concerns. As a state representative and a concerned citizen, I think it is important to participate in such events and engage people. I always encourage others to participate as well. By being engaged at every level and in every community, I will build the coalition I need to win, but I am doing it because it the right way to govern and to lead.

I also have a field program designed to reach every likely voter in the special election. Due to the election being special, we must also educate and promote better participation as well. Going door-to-door and making thousands of phone calls will help me deliver my message directly to the voters. My personal network is strong and their friend-to-friend program will compliment my overall field and outreach program.

Voice support


  • Mary Bushey, VT
  • Chad Hunter, WA
  • Erika Nelson, NY

About the Endorsement Process

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• Will the candidate move the progressive movement forward in their community?
• Does the candidate have substantial support from our local members?
• Do the candidate's positions and policies fit into the broader progressive movement?
• Is the campaign people-powered and the candidate working to win?

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