States & Candidates

States can change the direction of our country.

North Carolina

2020 Overview

In 2018, Future Now Fund helped to break the supermajority in the North Carolina House and we’re proud to have helped to hold the line in both the House and Senate in 2020. With unprecedented voter turnout and the right motivated to control the state legislature for another ten years, Future Now Fund helped successfully hold the immense ground gained since 2016 while building infrastructure and momentum for future races and gaining ground in the NC Senate.  

FNF-endorsees won ten seats in the State House, including two newly-elected representatives and two flips in the State Senate. While these wins prevented regained supermajorities, incumbent losses led to a net pick-up of only one Senate seat. 

2020 Election Highlights

  • FNF-endorsees Representatives Brian Farkas and Ricky Hurtado flipped two seats in the House to keep the supermajority out of reach of the right by just three seats. Incumbent FNF-endorsed Representatives Rachel Hunt, Brandon Lofton, Wesley Harris, Kandie Smith, James Gailliard, Terence Everitt, Julie von Haefen, and Ashton Clemmons were re-elected to Raleigh.
  • In the Senate, FNF-endorsees clean air advocate Senator DeAndrea Salvador and nonprofit leader Senator Sarah Crawford also flipped their seats. They prevented a supermajority in the Senate by just two seats.
  • Six FNF-endorsees over-performed Biden by more than 1%.

Meet the candidates

  • Kandie Smith

    Kandie is the former Mayor Pro Tem of Greenville who has worked as a mental health professional and business consultant. Since 2018, serving in Raleigh, Kandie has prioritized children and fought to improve the health care system.

  • Brian Farkas

    Growing up in Pitt County showed Brian the importance of strong communities. Now, he works to help local community colleges and towns craft master plans to guide their long-term goals.

  • James Gailliard

    James works as senior pastor and has expanded his church to serve thousands of families. The leadership he learned from his 20 years as a pastor served him well in his first term in office as he worked for unity and an end to the gridlock in Raleigh, which he will continue to do going forward.

  • Terence Everitt

    An attorney who works with small businesses and helps them expand, since joining the Assembly in 2018 Terrence has been fighting to expand access to quality healthcare.

  • Julie von Haefen

    Julie worked as an attorney for ten years before becoming an advocate for children in the court system, and as a PTA leader at the school, county, and state levels. In 2018, Julie took her passion for improving public schools to the State House.

  • Ashton Clemmons

    Ashton is a former teacher, school principal, and assistant superintendent. Since 2018, she has fought for public schools and defended voting rights.

  • Ricky Hurtado

    Ricky is the proud product of the North Carolina public school system. The son of immigrants, he is a community leader who has fought for quality public education and college opportunity.

  • Rachel Hunt

    An advocate for children, Rachel has spent her time in office pushing for laws that improve schools and address high tuition costs and student loans.

  • Brandon Lofton

    Raised by a public school teacher and a marine, the value of community service was instilled in Brandon early. He is an attorney and community leader who took his fight for children’s rights, equality, and the homeless to the State Capitol in 2018.

  • Wesley Harris

    Wesley is a UNC Charlotte professor and economist. He previously co-founded a nonprofit that focuses on helping community-based small businesses and nonprofits succeed. Since entering office in 2018, Wesley has fought for fairer elections.

  • Sarah Crawford

    The daughter of a public school teacher, Sarah is a nonprofit leader who ran to advance strong public education and quality, affordable healthcare for all North Carolinians.

  • DeAndrea Salvador

    A founder of a nonprofit and clean air advocate, DeAndrea ran to further good jobs, sustainable, innovative infrastructure, and quality education in North Carolina.