Local lawmaker backs Hillary Clinton for President

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP)  The chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus – North Carolina Rep. G.K. Butterfield – is backing Hillary Clinton for president.

Butterfield’s office confirmed Thursday the congressman’s endorsement of the Democratic presidential candidate. The lawmaker announced his endorsement in a column on The Grio news website.

Butterfield wrote the former first lady and secretary of state “has the record, foresight, and passion to improve the lives of millions of African-Americans.” Butterfield says Clinton has spoken out about systematic racism in the country and backs criminal justice reforms. He also cited her efforts to promote voting rights and economic recovery for the black community.

Butterfield was elected to the U.S. House in 2004 and is a super-delegate to the Democratic National Convention. He represents the first Congressional District which includes Elizabeth City, Edenton and Hertford.

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