For those people who may be unfamiliar with Erv Portman, our endorsed candidate in the district 17 State Senate race, I just wanted to let you know a little about him. He is currently the Wake County Commissioner, and is running for an open Senate seat against Tammara Barringer. He also previously served on the Cary Town Council, was a member of the Wake County Healthy Schools Task Force and is the owner of a small business which makes parts for the aerospace, medical, and wind industries and employs over 30 people in his district. This means he understands the challenges that small businesses face and ways to help them overcome those challenges. He is a strong proponent of sustainable growth to ensure our children can enjoy the same standard of living we do. This is why he fought to do away with mass grading and clear cutting of our trees on the Cary Town Council and has voted to protect our parks and greenways while on the Board of Commissioners. He helped to convince the Board of Commissioners not to delay action on the Falls Lake cleanup project. As the father of 3 public school teachers, Erv understands the importance of quality teachers and principals in creating an educated workforce that can compete in the global marketplace and, if elected, plans to reverse budget cuts that have led to the layoffs of many teachers. Erv is also a strong believer in bipartisan cooperation, and working together to get things done. For this reason, he has support from Republican, Democrat, and Unaffiliated voters all over Wake County. Erv can win, especially with our support. I will once again mention that we will be canvassing for Erv every Saturday morning leading up to the election. If Erv sounds like the kind of leader you would like to see in the Senate, I strongly urge you to join us help get him elected. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up. Thanks again!