This past Friday, I enjoyed visiting with some friends and neighbors in Raleigh. #TeamSwain was happy to help our friend Debesh Sarkar’s effort to donate clothes, food, water, and PPE to local community members in need. Above all, I enjoyed the conversation and laughter we all shared as we enjoyed ice cream on a beautiful Friday evening. It was a great reminder that our #WakeStrong family is at its best when we’re united together by community. Thanks again to Debesh for his efforts, and to Mark and Jewel for letting us visit their homes.
This morning, Colonel Swain addressed a large crowd of law enforcement supporters at Back the Blue NC's Rally here in downtown Raleigh. Swain emphasized the need for us all to support the men and women of law enforcement as our country navigates these troubling times. Swain spoke on stage alongside Mark Robinson, candidate for Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina, and Ryan Fournier, Founder and Co-Chairman of Students for Trump, amongst others.
Lately, it seems like politics is beginning to interfere with the operation of our schools.
Our students’ safety and academic success comes first; these must always be our top priorities. But sadly, it doesn’t seem to be the priorities of everyone.
The NCAE, which includes only a small number of North Carolina’s teachers, has recently presented arbitrary and irrelevant roadblocks to opening schools, and, at the same time, has sued to end opportunity scholarships. Their recent moves seem to counter and block our top priorities: student safety and success. As our schools develop new environments that follow CDC guidelines, parents should have the option of letting their kids return to school. Our students need face-to-face instruction along with ample time for social interaction and development. Furthermore, the NCAE’s attack on opportunity scholarships is an attack on students, parents, and families everywhere. A student’s zip code should not determine which school they are required to attend. These opportunity scholarships give all students the opportunity to choose their best possible learning environment. The NCAE’s blatant political objectives are harming our educational system as we prepare for a new school year.
I have three grandchildren, all of whom are currently in or will soon be in our education system. I’m concerned for their health and safety every day, and I also want them to receive the best overall education that they can. We must all come together and work to improve these things - we can provide safe environments that let students grow and learn. We need decisive leadership. We need organization. We need common sense. These are things I’ll bring to Congress to ensure a better educational system for all children.
Last night, Alan brought five young conservatives from different realms of the political arena together to discuss the future of the conservative movement. He spoke with Ryan Fournier, Founder and Co-Chairman of Students For Trump, Madison Cawthorn, Republican Nominee for U.S. House, NC-11, Juan Pleitez, Chairman of the North Carolina Federation of College Republicans, Corinne King, Trump Victory North Carolina Youth Coordinator, and Zach Quimby, Campaign Manager for Swain For Congress. Listen to their conversation here.
A great time this morning at the Back the Blue Wake event in Apex! We had a great turnout, all in support of our incredible men and women of law enforcement. Special thanks to Sheriff Donnie Harrison for speaking, and to Crystal and the entire Back the Blue Wake team for all that they did to make today such a success.
After our event, we donated lunch to local Apex police officers and fire fighters.
Each and every day, we’re thankful for the heroic actions of our law enforcement officers. Today’s gathering was a small token of our appreciation for all that they do. #backtheblue! #WakeStrong!
Last night, Alan sat down with four of our incredible new school board candidates in Wake County to discuss the coming school year. Listen to our conversation here.
Last night, #TeamSwain hosted a Town Hall on our District Courts. Alan was joined by Judge Dan Nagle, Candidate Beth Tanner, and Wake County Commissioner Candidate Steve Hale. You can watch their discussion here.
This week, Alan sat down with Steve Hale, candidate for Wake County Commissioner and former law enforcement officer, and Sherrif Donnie Harrison to continue their discussion on the current state of public safety here in our district. Watch their conversation below.
Today, #TeamSwain partnered with Latinos For Freedom to hold a Back the Blue, Feed the Blue event in downtown Raleigh. Volunteers from across our city and state came together to provide lunch for our law enforcement officers. We were so thankful to be able to support our courageous men and women of the blue with this small token of appreciation. Together, our community remains #WakeStrong.
#ICYMI Earlier this week, Alan sat down with North Carolina Commissioner of Insurance Mike Causey on our latest #TeamSwain Town Hall. It was a great conversation, check it out here.