ICYMI: Josh Stein Wins Key Endorsements Recognizing His Leadership Keeping North Carolinians Safe

October 2, 2020

With mail-in voting already underway, North Carolina AG Josh Stein received three key endorsements this week helping fuel momentum heading into the final four weeks of the election.

First came the endorsement from national voting rights leader Stacey Abrams. In her endorsement, Abrams focused on protecting access to the ballot box and defending access to affordable health care as two driving factors in her decision to endorse AG Stein.

Following Abrams’ endorsement, AG Stein received the endorsements of the two largest newspapers in North Carolina: The Charlotte Observer and The Raleigh News & Observer.

These key endorsements recognize AG Stein’s tireless work on behalf of North Carolinians—leading on key issues like defending access to affordable health care, keeping children and families safe, holding the opioid industry accountable, and protecting public health during the ongoing pandemic.

In a joint endorsement, the two editorial boards wrote:

Democrat Josh Stein is what Republicans might call an “activist” state attorney general. He prefers to describe his style as “aggressive.” Whatever the adjective, it’s fair to say Stein isn’t shy about taking on an array of issues both in court and on Twitter – sometimes to the point of seeming like he’s running for higher office.

Stein’s Republican opponent, Forsyth County District Attorney Jim O’Neill, also stresses his aggressive approach, but in the narrower sense of courtroom prowess.

Stein has shown how much more the office can be. Among other successes, he’s worked to curb the opioid epidemic, sued polluters and stood up for N.C. voting rights. His office missed badly in not counseling against the ridiculous UNC contract for Silent Sam’s removal, but he has approached his job broadly and effectively. We recommend Stein for another term.