Nancy Shakir is running for North Carolina's 8th Congressional District as a challenger against Larry Kissell in the Democratic primary.
Shakir chose to run against the incumbent because she believes he has misrepresented his constituents with his conservative voting record, including his "no" vote on health care reform. She wishes to right this wrong and stand up for what the people of her district want and need.
Shakir believes every member of the community is entitled to access to economic opportunity, health care, a good education, and a healthy environment. She also believes that all people are equal and deserve to be seen and treated as equals under the law. She will stand against racism, gender intolerance, and disability discrimination -- both at the individual and institutional level.
Shakir is very active in her community in a variety of ways. She writes opinion editorials for the Fayetteville Observer, where she served as a member of the Community Advisory Board, hosts a local cable TV show with the Cumberland County Progressives, mentors young children through the Great Oak Mentoring Program, serves on the Board of Directors for the Gilbert Theater and is active with the Fayetteville Peace with Justice Committee.
Although this is the first time Shakir has run for elected office, she has an exemplary resume of varying life experiences that have taught her a multitude of different skills. Her past positions include laundry presser, waitress, cashier, various temp and clerical jobs, market recruiter for a major corporation, and director of a community-based organization. Shakir is the kind of person we need more of in U.S. government -- an average citizen who has decided to step up to represent her neighbors.
For more information please visit her campaign site.
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