Candidates for
US House of Representatives

Clay Aiken
Candidate – District 04

My career has given me a voice that I’ve used to bring attention to the needs of those who can’t always fight for themselves. A trained special educator, I founded the National Inclusion Project, a nationwide leader in advancing and enabling inclusion for children with disabilities. My passion led UNICEF to appoint me as their Goodwill Ambassador for education and child protection. I am a proven advocate and will bring that with me to Congress.

https://www.clayaiken.com/

Nida Allam
Candidate – District 04

I am an immigrant, motivated to enter politics after three dear friends were killed in an Islamophobic hate crime in 2015. I served as Vice Chair for the NC Democratic Party for four years and then was elected to the Durham County Commission, becoming the first Muslim woman ever elected in the state of NC. I’m running for Congress because we need a progressive champion at the federal level to protect our democracy, fight for reproductive justice, and make sure everyone has access to healthcare.

https://nidaallam.com/

Crystal Cavalier
Candidate – District 04

Born and raised in rural Alamance County to a working-class, single mother, I am a proud citizen of the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation. My grandparents instilled in me the indigenous values of community and stewardship of the earth, values at the core of everything I have done as a climate activist, a social justice leader, a military spouse, and a political advocate. I have the ancestral legacy and the track record of being a voice for all the people.

https://crystalcavaliercongress.com/

Valerie P. Foushee
Candidate – District 04

As a school board member, a County Commissioner, a State Representative and Senator, I have worked to build new schools and senior centers, close the achievement gap, and address environmental racism. I have fought relentlessly for voting rights, women’s reproductive rights, clean energy, teacher pay raises, increased per pupil spending, and so much more. I now want to bring my experience, passion, faith, and my commitment to serving my fellow North Carolinians in Washington.

https://valeriefoushee.com/

Matt Grooms
Candidate – District 04

Greetings esteemed peers and collaborators! It is my delight to write this. I am a married nurse, a graduate student, and a father deeply committed to ensuring that all have access to clean water, affordable healthcare, safe cities, a well-funded social security system, a first-rate education, and a strong social safety net when in need. I will support programs that benefit families from all income levels.

https://mattgroomsforushouse2022.business.site/

Stephen J. Valentine
Candidate – District 04

Valentine is a fresh candidate with bold energy and big ideas. He is running for Congress during a watershed moment in American history. We are in a moment characterized by challenges to our democratic institutions, and a once in a century pandemic that has exposed health and income inequities affecting people from all socioeconomic backgrounds. He believes there is a constituency starved for servant leadership that prioritizes people in order to solve these problems.

https://stephenjvalentineforcongress.com/

Ashley Ward
Candidate – District 04

I am a lifelong resident of NC04, a community college graduate, a PhD, and a climate-health and resilience expert with over a decade of experience in federal policy. My experience spans the arc of federal policy, from development to administration to implementation. This type of deep and practical experience is much needed in today’s Congress. If elected, I would be the first person ever elected to US Congress with climate expertise.

www.ashleywardforcongress.com

Richard L. Watkins
Candidate – District 04

https://www.richardlwatkins.com/