Erica Smith has spent her whole life fighting to make life better for North Carolinians. Born at Fort Bragg and raised in Northampton County by parents who didn’t graduate from college, Erica Smith’s life hasn’t been like other politicians. Every summer, she picked cucumbers and harvested corn from her family’s farm and her dream was to one day have a job inside with air conditioning. Early on, Erica’s parents taught her the transformative power of education so she worked hard in school and got a scholarship to North Carolina A&T where she studied engineering.
Growing up, Erica saw and felt the racism and injustice of the American education system; she kept asking herself why some had access to resources while so many others didn’t. In college, she started organizing to do something about it, and worked with other students on campus to fight for progress. During an internship with Boeing, she fought to standardize the pay scale, to ensure engineering students were paid equally for equal work, no matter the color of their skin or their gender. When she went out into the world, she understood the grotesque inequality, racism, and sexism that people experience every single day, because she had too.
That’s what drove Erica to public service — first in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, then as a teacher, then as a minister, and finally as an elected official serving North Carolinians in the State Senate. As a legislator, Erica’s entire career has been about fighting injustice, whether it was corporations who were dumping toxic PCB’s in Warren County, or payday lenders trying to make a quick buck at the expense of working people.
Now, Erica’s running for U.S. Senate because she believes it’s time for government to work for all of us, instead of just the wealthy and well-connected. Erica believes that a government which can afford billions of dollars in tax cuts for the wealthy should also be able to afford $2,000 monthly checks for struggling Americans in the middle of a pandemic. She knows we need Medicare for All to end the days when a family goes bankrupt because someone got sick, and believes we must combat the climate crisis by creating millions of new jobs building the energy system of the future. And Erica isn’t taking a dime from corporate PAC’s or fossil fuel companies, because she believes North Carolinians deserves a Senator who works for us, not massive corporations and CEO’s.