Cheri Beasley with her husband and sons


Cheri Beasley for Senate in North Carolina in 2022

Cheri Beasley with her husband Curtis, a clinical research scientist, and her twin sons Thomas and Matthew.


Endorsed for


by Down Home members in Alamance, Ashe, Cabarrus, Craven, Johnston, Person, and Watauga Counties

(Compiled by Amanda Baker)

Opponent: Ted Budd

Biography and accomplishments

  • Raised and lives in NC with her husband and two sons  
  • First African-American woman to serve as Chief Justice in NC Supreme Court
  • Former public defender and NC Judge 
  • History of working with Educators and Law Enforcement to address the school-to-prison pipeline 
  • Implemented Paid Family Leave policies for court employees 
  • Created the first human trafficking court in NC

Policy positions


  • Supports a pathway to citizenship for  undocumented immigrants already in the country  
  • Supports securing borders – reforms must reduce wait times for legal immigration,  improve visa programs and ensure a fair and efficient asylum program
  • Will fight to protect the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program
  • First Chief Justice in the nation to speak out against the use of force in the killing of George Floyd
  • Expanded drug treatment and mental health courts  
  • Expanded School Justice Partnerships – addressing the school-to-prison pipeline 
  • Supports legalizing and regulating cannabis 
  • Supports expanding the use of drug treatment and mental health courts  
  • Supports the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act 
  • Supports reforms that establish accountability, increase transparency and add resources to public safety 
  • Supports investing in resources for alternative first responders like mental health  professionals and substance abuse counselors  
  • Supports common sense gun safety measures, 
  • Expand investments to increase pay for service members, improve the infrastructure of  VA health care facilities, increase resources for military families and expand the range of  services the VA provides  
  • Ensuring federal protections for LGBTQ+ veterans and service members 
  • Opposes extreme gerrymandering 
  • Supports the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, which protect and promote transparency, fair districting, voting by mail, reducing long lines on election day.
  • Supports federal voting rights for formerly incarcerated individuals
  • Supports the Equal Rights Amendment and the Equality Act to ensure our democracy  lives up to our foundational values of freedom and equality 
  • Supports overturning Citizens United to get Corporate money out of politics
  • Cheri Beasley’s campaign does not accept Corporate PAC money.
  • Investment in climate-resilient infrastructure  
  • Expanding the renewable energy industry and ensuring training for clean energy jobs 
  • Modernizing our electrical grid and building codes to increase energy efficiency
  • Hurricane relief and recovery funding  
  • Preventing efforts to drill off NC Coasts


  • Supports the labor movement, the ProAct, and the Paycheck Fairness Act
  • Permanent child tax credit expansion and passing the Federal Paid Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Investment in Affordable Childcare 
  • Expanding programs that provide technical assistance, access to capital, and help for small business owners and entrepreneurs, especially entrepreneurs of color and women
  • Investment in improving the quality of life, educational opportunities, and economic stability of rural communities
  • Investment in transportation, affordable broadband, clean drinking water, and waste infrastructure
  • Supports keeping family farms strong and expanding markets for farmers.  
  • Building and expanding housing options for the most vulnerable – seniors, low-income families, and veterans   
  • Expanding homelessness prevention programs that provide rent relief
  • Increased pathways to home ownership 
  • Work to end discrimination in the sale, rental, or financing of homes in NC
  • Supports investing in early childhood education, universal pre-K, and fully funding the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 
  • Increased funding for Title I Schools
  • Reforming student loan programs 
  • Expanding access to community colleges, apprenticeships, and vocational training programs  
  • Increased funding for HBCUs, Minority Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges and Universities
  • Supports expanding the Affordable Care Act with a public option and Medicaid Expansion
  • Lowering the cost of prescription drugs and protecting coverage for pre-existing conditions  
  • Increased resources for rural hospitals and health care providers 
  • Federal funding for Planned Parenthood 
  • Protection and expansion of access to women’s reproductive health care services
  • Creation of a federal paid family and medical leave program  
  • Ensuring equal pay for equal work and strengthening workplace protections for women 
  • Expanding affordable childcare that disproportionately impacts women  
  • Passing the Equal Rights Amendment to ensure gender equality  
  • Repealing the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits federal funds from covering abortion services for people enrolled in Medicaid, Medicare, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
  • Supports the Women’s Health Protection Act that will codify Roe v. Wade 
  • Endorsed by The Planned Parenthood Action Fund 
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