I am Natalie Murdock. As your candidate for Senator of North Carolina District 20, I pledge that I will always put the needs and concerns of the district and its people first. I will constantly serve as YOUR State Senator to improve our district, our community, our state.

 

My family has always taught me the following -- “To whom much is given, much is required.” Today, we all share many opportunities thanks to the work, commitment, sacrifice and progress earned and provided by those that had come before us, including our parents, grandparents and other ancestors. 

 

I step forward to serve the people of the North Carolina District 20 as your Senator because I feel a deep sense of duty and obligation toward continuing the path of progress that our parents, grandparents, ancestors and so many others established. I follow the way that those that have become before us have set. At the same time, I will work to set a new, progressive agenda that will help create a direction to improve life for all in the district, in Durham County and in North Carolina. 

 

I have good role models in my family that always inspire me. My mother has worked as a nurse. She always helped those in need and assisted in healing individuals and families. My father, a veteran, served his country. As a social worker, he also had a calling to assist his neighbors in his community. Because of his service, he was honored to receive the NAACP Man of the Year Award.

 

My parents learned about service from their parents, who taught them, through good deeds and endless positive examples, to work hard each day to improve life for one’s family, community, state and country. 

 

At age 12, my grandfather, Curtis Murdock Sr., left South Carolina and dedicated himself to become a brick mason. He established Murdock Concrete Company in Guilford County -- the first African-American owned company in the area that produced its own concrete. 

 

His wife -- my grandmother -- Dorthey Lee Jackson Murdock -- worked in a cafeteria. She saw firsthand the need for fairness and fair play in the workplace.  As a result, she put herself on the line to fight for life and family sustaining wages so she and her co-workers could feed those depending upon them and have a decent place to live. They only earned a wage of 90-cents-per-hour at the time. Prior to that time, Grandmother Dorthey joined her two daughters, Charlotte and Martha Ann, to march with the Woolworth Four in Greensboro to ensure that equal rights, opportunity and access to service become available for all. Thanks to that commitment, some of their names today appear in remembrance as etchings in the wall at the Greensboro Civil Rights Museum. 

 

My mother’s parents shared the same industrious spirit. My grandmother was a homemaker and leader in her church. She had dreams of attending the Palmer Memorial Institute. My grandfather sweated and used his muscles and back as a farmer to support his family. 

He also used the strength of his spirit as an Elder at his church to help assist his neighbors and community. He passed when I was very young, but the example he set to always work hard, never give up and to serve others in need moves me daily.

 

That commitment of my parents and grandparents to serve their community through their churches and through community service also moves and inspires me to dedicate my life and efforts to public service. I have worked with farmers and families since my election as a Durham County Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor to:

 

  • Improve farming and produce more high quality food for all communities.

 

  • Reserve our land, open spaces and drinking water.

 

  • Ensure that movements such as farm-to-table operate equitably.

 

  • Eliminate food deserts in our communities.

 

  • Address access to healthy and fresh food.

 

  • Expand partnerships with local schools to provide educational and training programs to get students excited about environmental stewardship.

 

Serving as your Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor is one method of my overall work to improve life in Durham County in environmental matters, local government affairs, transportation, grants management, economic development and job creation. 

 

My other efforts include starting a business. In 2017, I launched a company, Attal Strategies, to work with and assist private companies and non-profits to raise capital and better engage with communities we serve. I feel proud that through my business efforts I have had opportunities to 

 

  • Support and improve the important work done by childcare providers.

 

  • Support the construction of better roads, bridges and transit networks.

 

  • Ensure rural areas become well positioned for job creation.

 

  • Work with Attorney General Josh Stein on criminal justice issues to protect families and ensure fairness for all. 

 

  • Advocate statewide for greater access for all families to fresh food and clean and high quality drinking water.

 

Prior to starting my own business, I have tackled many of these issues and more through various professional and volunteer responsibilities that I have accepted. For example, I began my professional career working with Chris Kromm at the Institute for Southern Studies right here in Durham. Then, the City of Asheville Economic Development Office and Advantage West Economic Development Group provided an opportunity for me to tackle many job development and agri-business efforts. I felt proud to assist many local farmers and farming businesses to increase progress and success throughout their communities.

 

Just before starting my business, I had the honor to work with Attorney General Stein on his many efforts to improve life throughout North Carolina. I assisted the Attorney General as the Deputy Director of Communications and as the Community Outreach and Partnership. Those responsibilities helped me connect many people throughout the state that work constantly to solve problems and deal with many concerns. 

 

Additionally, my background also includes service as:

 

  • Traveling Press Secretary for the Deborah Ross for Senate Campaign.

 

  • Director of Marketing and Communications for GoTriangle, a regional transit agency.

 

  • Vice Chair of Precinct 5 in Durham County, First Vice Chair of the Durham County Democratic Party, Secretary of the Durham Democratic Women and Third Vice President of the African-American Caucus of the North Carolina Democratic Party.

 

  • Membership and participation on the Durham County Transportation Advisory Board, the UNC-Chapel Hill Institute for the Environment Board of Visitors, the Black Leaders Organizing Collective (BLOC) Board and the City of Durham Participatory Budget Steering Committee.

 

Please note that all of these positions and service have benefited from the knowledge and skills that I developed in earning a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and Communication Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill and in studying Public Administration at Western Carolina University and Leadership and Organizational Change at Pfeiffer University.

 

My professional work, volunteer and community service, public service and studies have shown me that our state remains in a crisis on many fronts. 

 

Schools need attention. Families throughout North Carolina need access to affordable health care. Workers need the ability to feed their families, pay their bills, and afford quality housing. Barriers remain to providing liberty, justice, equality, fairness and opportunity for all residents of our state. Too many in control of the legislature do little or nothing to solve these problems. Instead, they come up with tactics and strategy to make sure that they pass their agenda to aid their special interests, to keep whatever power they hold and to reward their friends and those that agree with them. 

 

As your state senator, I will work on solutions that will improve life throughout Senate District 20, for all of Durham County and throughout North Carolina for all of our hard working families. I have worked for many years in my professional life and in my elected position on many of these issues and have always focused on helping make life better for working families.

 

I have a specific and detailed plan that you can review elsewhere on this website that provides specific proposals to improve:

 

  • Our community.

 

  • Our health.

 

  • Our housing.

 

  • Our education. 

 

  • Our jobs. 

 

  • Our justice.

 

  • And, most importantly, our state for all of our residents.

 

I ask you to study and consider my proposals. I ask you to join with me and many others in my campaign to work to put an end to the political gamesmanship that has held North Carolina back for too many years. I ask you to join with me as your state Senator to on the hard work needed to improve our community, our health, our housing, our education, our jobs and our state for all of us. 

 

Thank you.

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