October 24, 2016
Politico Magazine: In North Carolina, moderates have their pitchforks out
“Barringer voted for House Bill 2, but in September, in the middle of a tight reelection campaign against a Democrat who opposed the bill, she became the first Republican legislator to call for the bill’s repeal.”
October 19, 2016
“[Barringer’s] opponent is Wake County school board member Susan Evans. Evans has been endorsed by the Human Rights Campaign and is running on a platform focused on education, jobs, and transparency. She also wants to repeal HB 2. We’re siding with Evans.”
October 14, 2016
News & Observer: Population growth and HB2 shake up Wake legislative races
“[Evans] said the nature of the district’s growth, voters’ concerns about public education and their distaste for the economic consequences of HB2 give her a chance to win.
“People are bringing it up to me, even if I don’t bring it up,” Evans said. “It’s very much in the forefront of their concerns.” …
Evans said she knows that her campaign could be outspent this year, but she is expecting in-person and telephone conversations with voters will make a difference for her. Along with her opposition to HB2, she’s running hard on her support for public education.
“Working families, they care about public education,” she said. “That message is resounding with them.” ”
October 13, 2016
“Barringer is being challenged by Wake school board member Susan Evans, who has served the schools well and would do the same for her district. It’s crucial to send to the Senate candidates like Evans and Johnson who know first-hand the effects of state budget cuts on public schools. Evans, an accountant, is stepping up to fight similar chaos in the state Senate. Electing Democrat Evans will help return balance and good judgment to the upper chamber.”
September 30, 2016
News & Observer: Susan Evans calls GOP charges on school crime, dropouts misleading
“School crime and dropouts have both fallen during Susan Evans’ time on the Wake County school board even though the North Carolina Republican Party charges that both areas have increased. …
“They obviously think stirring up fear will generate votes,” Evans said in an interview Thursday night.”
September 24, 2016
WRAL On the Record. Comments on the Tamara Barringer-Susan Evans race begin at 10:36.
News & Observer: A robust ballot in Wake and statewide
“School board member Susan Evans, a Democrat, is stepping up to take on Republican Sen. Tamara Barringer in District 17 in the Cary-Apex areas. Barringer, who teaches law at UNC-CH business school, has a reputation as a moderate. “I’m working on policy issues, not politics,” she said, but she’s voted for a series of conservative measures, including House Bill 2. Evans is stressing that in the moderate district, “Her voting record supports extreme positions,” she said.”
September 21, 2016
News & Observer: Losing our minds over the illegitimate HB2
“One politician who voted for HB2, state Sen. Tamara Barringer, is now coming out against the law. Apparently, she was for bigotry before she was against it, but at least she has the political instincts to know when to relent to public pressure.”
September 17, 2016
News & Observer: HB2 looms large in Wake legislative campaigns
“Barringer faces a well-funded challenge from Democrat Susan Evans, a Wake school board member. Evans’ campaign says Barringer’s HB2 shift is “certainly not a change of heart. It’s a purely political move designed to make voters forget that she is responsible for the loss of jobs and millions of dollars in economic investment in her district.” ”
September 16, 2016
NPR interviewer to Barringer: “You are up for re-election this fall, and it is a tight race. Your Democratic opponent, Susan Evans, says you are only doing this because you fear losing your seat.”
“In November [Barringer] faces Democratic challenger Susan Evans, who has criticized Barringer for supporting HB2.”
“Barringer, who represents a district that includes Apex, Holly Springs, and part of Cary, is also facing a tough re-election fight and has been hit hard by Democrat Susan Evans over HB 2. (An email to Barringer hasn’t been returned.)”
September 15, 2016
ABC11: Evans on Barringer: ‘A Johnny come lately to the HB2 repeal movement’ (Susan Evans remarks begin at 0:52)
“Wake County School Board member Susan Evans, who is challenging Barringer in the District 17 race, said she believes her opponent is flip flopping on the issue because she is in jeopardy of losing her seat.
“My opponent is now a Johnny come lately to the HB2 repeal movement this week,” Evans said. “Where was she in March, when she had the opportunity to vote no to begin with? Where was she in May and June when the dominoes were falling around us, and chances to repeal this bill were filed in the General Assembly?” ”
September 14, 2016
“The North Carolina Republican state legislator who voted in favor of the state’s now-infamous “bathroom bill” is trying to back away from the monster she created. …
Democrats say that Barringer’s about face on the law is just cynical political maneuvering in the face of plummeting poll numbers for Republicans statewide.
“A vote is a vote. When she voted for HB2 in March, Sen. Barringer knew what she was doing,” said Dustin Ingalls — campaign manager to Barringer’s challenger, Democratic state [sic] school board member Susan Evans. “Only now that she’s in danger of losing her seat does she waffle. Her latest change of mind is certainly not a change of heart. It’s a purely political move designed to make voters forget that she is responsible for the loss of jobs and millions of dollars in economic investment in her district.” ”
Talking Points Memo: NC State Sen. Becomes First GOPer To Oppose HB2 Amid Re-Election Fight
“Dustin Ingalls, Evans’ campaign manager, dismissed Barringer’s opposition to HB2 as a political play.
“A vote is a vote. When she voted for HB2 in March, Sen. Barringer knew what she was doing,” Ingalls told WRAL. “Only now that she’s in danger of losing her seat does she waffle. Her latest change of mind is certainly not a change of heart. It’s a purely political move designed to make voters forget that she is responsible for the loss of jobs and millions of dollars in economic investment in her district.” ”
Metro Weekly (DC): North Carolina state senator who voted for HB2 calls for its repeal
“Barringer represents one of the more competitive districts in the state senate, and faces a strong challenge in November from Wake County school board member Susan Evans. A spokesman for Evans issued a statement saying her last-minute conversion won’t help Barringer save her seat.
“When she voted for HB 2 in March, Sen. Barringer knew what she was doing,” said Evans campaign spokesman Dustin Ingalls. “She knew the legal and economic consequences her constituents would experience. Only now that she’s in danger of losing her seat does she waffle.
“Her latest change of mind is certainly not a change of heart. It’s a purely political move designed to make voters forget that she is responsible for the loss of jobs and millions of dollars in economic investment in her district.” ”
September 13, 2016
“What their story downplays, omits, leaves out is that senator Tamara Barringer (R-Cary) is down — according to key sources on Jones Street — “more than ten points” to her Democrat opponent for November. My sources tell me that she, and her seat, have already been written off as “a lost cause.”
Barringer was a key, vocal supporter of HB2 when it first went through the Senate. Her 180 this close to the November vote clearly indicates principles are a distant second to saving her derrière AND her political career.”
WNCN (Susan Evans remarks begin at 1:36)
“Four of those championships were due to be played in Cary — an area Barringer represents.
She’s in a tough re-election race against Democrat Susan Evans.
Evans’ campaign manager called the move “purely political.” …
In Cary, thousands of fans were expected to come to the area for the championship events and spend more than $2 million.”
News & Observer: Sen. Barringer flip-flops on HB2
“Facing a tight race against a Democratic challenger, Republican state Sen. Tamara Barringer on Tuesday became the first GOP legislator to call for House Bill 2 to be repealed.
Barringer has a well-funded election challenge this year from Wake County school board member Susan Evans, a Democrat. Evans’ campaign spokesman, Dustin Ingalls, said Barringer’s shift on HB2 won’t help her chances of re-election.
“When she voted for HB2 in March, Sen. Barringer knew what she was doing,” Ingalls said. “She knew the legal and economic consequences her constituents would experience. Only now that she’s in danger of losing her seat does she waffle. Her latest change of mind is certainly not a change of heart. It’s a purely political move designed to make voters forget that she is responsible for the loss of jobs and millions of dollars in economic investment in her district.” ”
“Susan Evans, Barringer’s Democratic rival, accused the Republican of changing positions based on political expedience rather than any profound change of heart.
“A vote is a vote. When she voted for HB2 in March, Sen. Barringer knew what she was doing,” said Dustin Ingalls, Evans’ campaign manager. “Only now that she’s in danger of losing her seat does she waffle. Her latest change of mind is certainly not a change of heart. It’s a purely political move designed to make voters forget that she is responsible for the loss of jobs and millions of dollars in economic investment in her district.” ”
August 21, 2016
News & Observer: Tell the truth on NC school funding
“As the state held back on teacher raises, some counties increased their local supplements to boost teacher pay. The TV ads’ claim of a $50,000 average includes the extra money provided by local governments. That aspect of the ads annoys Susan Evans, a Wake County school board member and a Democrat who is running for the state Senate against incumbent Republican Tamara Barringer.
Evans says of the $50,000 claim, “Not only is it disingenuous, it is offensive because many of our counties including Wake have had to turn to counties to adequately fund our staff because the state wasn’t doing so.” In 2015, Wake approved an extra $15.75 million to boost pay.”
August 17, 2016
“On top of that, the Republican ads’ claims about teacher pay lack context and claim credit for supplemental salary increases which are provided by individual school boards, not the state.
“They disingenuously roll locally funded supplements into the statewide average salary they brag about, when they had no role in providing those supplements,” said Evans. “In reality, local school boards like Wake’s and Franklin’s are boosting teacher pay because the state isn’t doing its job to pay our teachers what they deserve.” ”
August 3, 2016
PoliticsNC: State Senate Recap
“So, how do Democrats wipe out Republicans’ veto-proof majorities? First, they have to win two of the Senate contests where they’re most competitive: SD-09 in New Hanover County and SD-17 in Southwestern Wake County. Those are swing seats where Democrats recruited strong candidates.”
“The Susan Evans campaign released the results today of its latest poll in Evans’ bid for North Carolina’s 17th Senate District. Evans, a member of the Wake County Board of Education, tops the incumbent, Tamara Barringer, by a four-point margin (33% to 29%, with Libertarian Susan Hogarth at 6%). …
Indeed, after hearing messages from both sides, poll respondents remained on Evans’ side by three points (45% to 42%).”
July 20, 2016
“More than half of Barringer’s contributions have come from special-interest PACs whose interests Barringer routinely puts above those of working families. For example, she has taken $11,000 lifetime from Duke Energy PAC, including $4,000 in this most recent quarter. She voted to give Duke a $265 million annual tax cut while sticking Duke’s customers with the cost of coal ash cleanup.
Special interests aside, Evans has outraised Barringer more than 2:1, and she has attracted the support of nearly six times as many donors (591 to 105).
In particular, Evans has vastly exceeded Barringer with small-dollar donors. 215 of Evans’ supporters have contributed $50 or less. Barringer has only 15 such donors. In the last quarter alone, Evans got 176 such donations, while Barringer had only seven.”
April 27, 2016
News & Observer: PPP poll in Barringer/Evans NC Senate race
“According to the poll, Barringer, who is seeking her third full term, leads Evans, a Wake County Board of Education member, 41 percent to 38 percent. Libertarian Susan Hogarth had 10 percent, and 11 percent were undecided.
Unaffiliated voters preferred Evans by 34 percent to Barringer’s 27 percent.”
February 25, 2016
News & Observer: Susan Evans cites Pre-K support in NC Senate campaign
“In an email sent Feb. 17, Evans says she’s running for the District 17 seat “to fight for our children and to turn public education back in the right direction.” As an example, Evans says she knows the importance of Pre-K funding but the General Assembly doesn’t because North Carolina was one of only nine states last year that cut Pre-K funding.
Evans points to Barringer’s vote last year to support a state budget that cut Pre-K funding.
“She will keep voting like this until we vote her out,” Evans says of the Republican incumbent.”
December 16, 2015
“”It goes without saying that we need more representation at all levels of government by women, and we need to hear women’s viewpoints more strongly,” says Susan Evans, a Wake school board member and candidate for Senate District 17, another Democratic target. “Women tend to have their finger on the pulse with family and health issues, and women bring a sense of intuitiveness to their leadership that I think we need more of.””
October 28, 2015
“In the Senate, Wake County Board of Education member Susan Evans announced she will challenge incumbent Sen. Tamara Barringer in November 2016.
Evans was first elected to the school board in 2011. Her current term expires in December 2016.”
News & Observer: Wake school board member Evans to run for NC Senate
“Evans, a Democrat who is in her first term on the board, said in a statement that she would “bring the practical, solutions-oriented approach that I’ve used as a school board member to state government decision-making.”
“People in my community tell me they are worried about vanishing job security, flat wages, and a diminished commitment to our public schools. They want a government focused on the needs of everyday working people,” said Evans, who lives in Apex. “Sadly, in recent years, we have watched our legislative leaders focus more on social and ideological issues and on cutting taxes for the wealthy than on investing in our state’s core needs.””