Sen. Jay Chaudhuri Endorses Wiley Nickel for State Senate

Sen. Jay Chaudhuri Endorses Wiley Nickel for State Senate
Chaudhuri joins the Sierra Club, Equality NC, the Network for Public Education Action and a growing coalition in support of Wiley Nickel’s NC Senate campaign.

Cary, NC – Today, the Wiley Nickel for North Carolina campaign announced the endorsement of Senator Jay Chaudhuri in the race for the newly created 16th Senate District (Cary, Morrisville & NW Raleigh). Chaudhuri joins a growing list of organizations and local, state and federal leaders lining up behind Nickel’s campaign.

Senator Chaudhuri said, “I’m proud to endorse Wiley Nickel in his campaign for State Senate. Wiley Nickel is the right leader for Western Wake County at the right time. He has the right experience to lead North Carolina into the future – as an attorney, small business owner, and former White House staffer under President Barack Obama. I currently represent much of the new 16th Senate District in the Senate. After Republican gerrymandering, I was drawn into the new 15th Senate District which covers Raleigh & Garner. It was an honor to follow in the footsteps of Attorney General Josh Stein in representing Cary & Morrisville in the Senate. I’m looking forward to working closely with Wiley in the Senate and know he we will a terrific advocate for Western Wake County in this new Senate district.”

“Many thanks to Senator Chaudhuri for his endorsement of my campaign for State Senate,” said Nickel. “As a State Senator, Jay knows the importance of growing Wake County’s economy and investing in public education so all of North Carolina’s children have the opportunity to succeed. In the Senate, I look forward to working hand in hand with Jay to make sure the State of North Carolina makes a serious investment in public education and eliminates partisan gerrymandering.”

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.