The Triangle Tribune: "Air Force veteran launches campaign for Congress in Durham."
Air Force veteran launches campaign for Congress in Durham
Published Tuesday, November 16, 2021by Staff Reports
DURHAM – Air Force veteran and small business owner Nathan Click launched his Congressional campaign on Monday for the Democratic Party’s nomination for U.S. House Representative in the newly formed 6th Congressional District of North Carolina. The new district includes Durham, Orange, and portions of western Wake counties.
Click, who spent nine years in the U.S. Air Force, stressed the need for criminal justice reform and the need to defend American democracy in a speech just outside North Carolina Central University’s campus. Friends, family, and colleagues joined him for his announcement.
“I belong to a group of people that is over three times more likely to be shot by police than my white friends,” Click said. “I belong to a group of people that has a 1 in 4 chance of being incarcerated. If I were Latinx, it would be 1 in 6. For the majority, it’s 1 in 23. Lawmakers have known about these racial disparities for decades, and they have ignored them. People should not have to die on YouTube for these issues to be addressed. Congress can fix this, but they haven’t.”
Click expressed the need for Congress to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which has passed in the U.S. House but has stalled in the Senate because of the Senate's archaic filibuster rules requiring 60 votes of 100 Senate members to move legislation to a final vote. Since the death of Floyd on May 25, 2020, Congress has not passed meaningful legislation to reform local police departments.
In his remarks, Click also warned that American democracy is under attack from forces within our own borders. “Our country is at a crucial inflection point,” Click said. “People are openly wondering if our democracy can survive if one political party [the Republican Party] openly embraces conspiracy theories, bald-faced lies, and even encourages mob violence. “If we do not reclaim our democracy, we will never realize the priorities of working families, struggling students, the elderly, disabled, and disadvantaged. We must make democracy work for all people.”
Click has called for Congress to strengthen the Voting Rights Act and end gerrymandering, the process by which sitting politicians draw their own legislative district lines to make it easier for them to win reelection and for their political party to maintain control.
North Carolina’s Congressional primary election is March 8, 2022.