Senate Democratic Leader Dan Blue endorses Wiley Nickel for State Senate
Blue joins Senator Jay Chaudhuri, Senator Jeff Jackson, and a growing coalition in support of Wiley Nickel’s NC Senate campaign.
Cary, NC – Today, the Wiley Nickel for State Senate campaign announced the endorsement of Senate Democratic Leader Dan Blue in his race for the newly created 16th Senate District (Cary, Morrisville & NW Raleigh). Blue joins a growing list of powerful organizations and local, state and federal leaders lining up behind Nickel’s campaign.
Senator Dan Blue said, “I am proud to endorse Wiley Nickel in his campaign for State Senate. He will be a leader in the fight to strengthen our economy and protect our environment. Our democracy is increasingly under threat from the actions of the majority in the General Assembly and Wiley’s seat will be a pick-up in our efforts to Break the Majority. We need more strong leaders, especially candidates like Wiley, who have the political courage to stand up for North Carolina families. He is the leader we need right now in the fight for the future of our state and our country.”
“I am so proud to have Senator Blue’s endorsement in my race for State Senate,” said Nickel, “He has been a bold and fearless leader and a champion for social justice, affordable healthcare, diverse communities and working families. He has never wavered from taking on the toughest fights head-on. It means so much to me to have his support.”
Nickel won the May 8th Democratic primary election. He has been endorsed by dozens of prominent Democratic elected officials and organizations, like Equality NC, the Sierra Club, NC League of Conservation Voters, Planned Parenthood Votes! South Atlantic, North Carolina State AFL-CIO, Teamsters Local 391, Raleigh Professional Fire Fighters Association, Network for Public Education Action, North Carolina Advocates for Justice Political Action Committee, #VOTE PRO-CHOICE, the Triangle Labor Council, People for Action on Climate Change, Muslim American Public Affairs Council, Deborah Ross, Senator Jeff Jackson, Raleigh City Council Member Stef Mendell, Durham City Council Member Vernetta Alston, Morrisville Town Council Member Steve Rao, Morrisville Town Council Member Jerry Windle, Former Congressman Bob Etheridge, Former NC Senator Cal Cunningham, Former Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby, John I. Wilson, former Executive Director of the National Education Association and dozens of other local elected officials and community leaders.
Democrat Wiley Nickel is a practicing attorney in Cary, NC where he lives with his wife, Caroline, and their two children. Wiley graduated from Tulane University as a Political Science major and received his law degree from the Pepperdine University School of Law. Before opening his law practice, Wiley worked for the White House traveling with President Barack Obama in the United States and abroad. He also traveled with Vice President Al Gore during the Clinton/Gore White House.
As a local Cary attorney and small business owner, Wiley works every day to see that his clients are treated fairly and compassionately by the North Carolina justice system. Wiley is running for the State Senate because he believes it’s time for our legislators to solve real problems instead of passing an extreme partisan agenda. When Wiley is elected to the Senate he will be one more vote towards ending the Republican supermajority that is fighting Governor Cooper at every turn.
Wiley believes it’s time to focus on strengthening our public schools, creating high paying jobs, expanding access to affordable healthcare and protecting our environment. Wiley will lead the fight to protect a woman’s right to choose, push for stronger gun control laws and implement independent redistricting reform that takes the power to draw new legislative districts out of the hands of politicians.