Endorsements

What People Are Saying About Ryan Watts

“As a Chatham County Commissioner, I am keenly aware of the limits of local government. I do my best to make Chatham County a place where all people are valued and their voices are heard, where we protect our environment while we grow our economy, where we invest in our kids and adults alike with adequate funding for education and job training, and where we meet the needs of our residents with smart, efficient, people focused programs and policies. Those principles are made increasingly difficult by dysfunction in Washington DC, and the short-sighted, special interest-driven partisanship that has sadly become the norm. This November, we can do something about it. We can elect Ryan Watts to represent us in Congress.
I’m endorsing Ryan because he’s much less interested in people’s “D” or “R” status than he is in working together to find common-sense solutions to everyday problems. Ryan’s driving principle is simple – that government should work for the many and not the few. And while he has a deep understanding of policy and process, it’s Ryan’s optimism and idealism that earn my endorsement. Ryan believes that it’s still our government, and that we’ll be stronger not by tearing it down, but by working together to restore our trust in it.
Ryan knows that we can only get there when folks in Washington start responding to the needs of the people. And it’s because he understand those needs – because he understands the challenges of our changing world – that I want him to represent me in Congress. Ryan knows that the economy of the present and future depends on protecting resources, protecting workers, and protecting consumers, not eliminating those protections. Ryan knows that our economic security depends on increased access to affordable healthcare, not limiting access and burdening families with unmanageable medical bills. Ryan knows that only by investing in schools and job training programs will we create an economy that allows every able-bodied resident to provide for themselves and their family.
I hope you’ll join me in supporting Ryan Watts for Congress from the 6th District. I encourage you to visit wattsforcongress.com to learn more about him, or visit with him in person when he’s in your neighborhood. We’ve got a long way to go in restoring a government that reflects our values and interests, but I know we’ll take a big step in the right direction when we elect Ryan Watts this November.”
– Hon. Mike Dasher
Chatham County Commissioner, District 2

“Ryan Watts shared with me his vision for North Carolina. He sees the people left behind, and so wants to fix the gaps in their healthcare coverage. He believes that Congress needs to ensure better paying jobs through workforce training. He understands both his district’s employment need and its potential. He will invest in our young people.
I asked him about America’s polarized politics. Watts knows that moving things forward in Washington means more inclusiveness and less divisiveness. Polls indicate that millennials are our most accepting generation, drawing inspiration from Obama’s example. He wants reasonable leadership again, and he is stepping forward.
His work in the business sector has made him a good facilitator; he knows the importance of being a good listener. His work as a busboy, customer service representative, strategic change leader, journey through college during lean years, and the rising generation’s debt and job uncertainty make him want to solve the big problems. Watts wants to start with wages. He sees that current national leadership is failing.
As the public gets to know him during this campaign, they will feel that his calm demeanor and ability to answer questions directly and sincerely is a breath of fresh air. He has lived the story of the recession generation, and I think we should listen to what he has to say.
I endorse Ryan Watts. Make him our voice in the next Congress.”
– Hon. Jim Crawford
Chatham County Commissioner, District 4

“I am elated to have the opportunity to usher in a new generation of North Carolina leadership in the person of Ryan Watts. I confidently endorse him as the most logical and qualified candidate for the 6th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Ryan is running for office with the same experience as first-time candidates twice his age. The thoughtful voter will realize that at this time in our history when far too many North Carolinians, in particular, and Americans in general doubt the veracity of their Legislative representatives and their fidelity to American ideals. Ryan Watts’ fresh perspective allows him to come to the office unaffected by the baggage of past history.
We need a lift. Ryan Watts is most definitely that lift. He will make decisions about all of the issues that matter to us with untainted integrity, courage, robust passion and true public stewardship because he believes that is the only way to govern.
I choose Ryan Watts to stand up for me; I hope that the rest of Chatham County and the 6th District does as well.”
– Del Turner
Chatham County Board of Education

“I am happy to endorse Ryan Watts as the Democratic candidate running for Congress in the 6th. Ryan would be a credit to all of his constituents, bringing strength, humility, reason, balance, and great optimism for our future here in North Carolina and across the Nation. When you meet Ryan, you see it. He’s the real deal.”
– Laura Fjeld
Former Democratic Nominee for NC-06, 2014

“I don’t take endorsements for political office lightly, but Ryan Watts has the character and measured approach we need in Congress right now. I hope everyone will support him.”
– Phil Ford
Tar Heel, father, leader, & coach

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