I know it was a big night for Democrats with a lot of important victories. But I don’t want to let this story go under the radar.
The Apex Town Council — near Raleigh, North Carolina — had an election tonight with three seats up for grabs (on the five-seat council). Five names were on the ballot so this wasn’t a runaway for anybody.
One of the candidates was Audra Killingsworth, a proud Secular Humanist and member of both the American Humanist Association and Triangle Freethought Society.
“After watching the impact that government can have on us,” says Audra, “I realized that I want to contribute. I want to make a difference. What better place to start than locally, in my own community.”
Last night, she was among the top three vote-getters, winning a spot on the city council.
What does she hope to accomplish while serving her four-year term?
I hope to get paid family leave passed, safer routes for pedestrians to schools, and in 2020 a nondiscrimination ordinance.
All are reasonable, sensible ideas. That’s what happens when reasonable, sensible people are voted into office.
Kudos to Killingsworth for deciding to run, speaking freely about her non-religiosity, and winning a competitive race. May many others follow in her footsteps.