ABOUT JONAH GARSON

A Proven Organizer and Leader

Jonah Garson, candidate for North Carolina House, on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill.
Civic leadership roles and board service,
past and present:

 

  • Former Chair, Orange County Democratic Party

  • State Executive Committee, North Carolina Democratic Party

  • Executive Committee, Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP

  • Voter Protection Director, NC’s 2019 Special Congressional Elections

  • Board Member, Carolina Performing Arts

  • Litigation Council Member, North Carolina Bar Association

  • Pro Bono Committee Member, North Carolina Bar Association

  • Founding Member, Team4NC (New York-based bridgehead for NC progressive infrastructure-building)

  • Founding Board Member, New North Carolina Project and New North Carolina Project Foundation

THIS COMMUNITY
IS MY HOME

My roots in Chapel Hill-Carrboro run deep. I'm a proud alumnus of Frank Porter Graham Elementary School (go Flying Lions!), Culbreth Middle School (go Cougars!), Chapel Hill High School (go Tigers!), and UNC Chapel Hill (go Heels!), where I graduated in 2009 with a degree in English. My first jobs were slinging baklava at Mediterranean Deli and teaching classical guitar to students of all ages here in town, many of whom I'm still close with today. 

I'VE FOUGHT FOR A BETTER STATE

I love my hometown, I love this state, and like you, I've been heartbroken to watch the Republicans tear it apart since they took power in 2010. So I've spent the past decade working for a better North Carolina, empowering people to find their civic voice and to be champions for democracy at a time when it feels more fragile than ever.

 

That's meant helping dozens of legislative candidates with fundraising, field organizing, and strategy. 

 

That's meant applying my law degree from Columbia University to the work of voter protection. In 2019, I served as the Voter Protection Director for the 9th Congressional redo election. In 2020, I represented Chief Justice Beasley's campaign locally to ensure that every ballot was properly counted. Most recently, I represented a key legislator-witness in successful litigation to prevent a voter ID requirement that was intentionally designed to disenfranchise Black North Carolinians.

And here in my home community, my commitment to political change has meant local leadership, serving as chair of the Orange County Democratic Party—with a focus on making our party a modern, inclusive, dynamic agent of statewide change—and serving on the executive committee of the Chapel-Hill Carrboro NAACP.

NOW I'M TAKING THE NEXT STEP

I'm running to represent this amazing community in the North Carolina House. Right now, at this crossroads for our state, we need a legislator and an organizer. Someone who shares our values, who's committed to fighting for them, and who's going to help build the statewide power to make those values a reality. That's what I've spent my entire adult life doing, and that's the fight I'll continue as our next state representative.

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