Kathy Manning is the Democratic candidate challenging Republican incumbent Ted Budd of North Carolina’s 13th Congressional District, which includes Greensboro. The DCCC has targeted the 13th for the “Red to Blue” program, and pollsters Cook and Sabato consider the district to only “lean” Republican. WNDC can help Manning in her efforts to win this seat. Manning is an accomplished immigration lawyer and businesswoman from Greensboro, where she has lived with her family for the past 30 years. In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, she became a community leader, helping the unemployed with job retraining and mortgage assistance programs. She has firsthand experience with the US’s frustrating healthcare system, due to having a daughter with a chronic illness. Besides promising to fight for affordable and accessible healthcare, her other issues include jobs; clean energy; education; protecting Social Security and Medicare; and helping veterans.
Budd is a gun store owner and a member of the Tea-Party aligned Freedom Caucus, a group of the most hard-right members of Congress. He was elected in 2016 with the strong financial backing of the Club for Growth, the ultra-conservative organization that is anti-regulation, anti-tax, and anti-Obamacare. A self-proclaimed Christian, that has not prevented Budd from engaging in a “dirty tricks” style campaign against Manning since December, when she first announced her campaign for the primary. Manning is going to need help to fight back against Budd’s hypocritical attacks and the Club for Growth’s money.