CLARIFICATION: An earlier version of this article misstated how UNC alumnus Jonah Garson will be departing from his role as chairperson of the Orange County Democratic Party. He will be stepping aside. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for this error.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated Garson's experience with the Orange County Democratic Party. He was elected First Vice Chair in 2019, and helped lead the party through the 2020 election cycle. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for this error.
UNC alumnus Jonah Garson announced on Sept. 22 that he is stepping aside from his role as chairperson of the Orange County Democratic Party and is running to represent the 56th N.C. House district.
The district is currently represented by Rep. Verla Insko, D-Orange, who announced she is not seeking reelection.
In addition to his position as chairperson, Garson is an attorney at Parry Law, was the former voter protection director for the N.C. Democratic Party and is a member of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP Executive Committee.
In a recent press release, Garson said he was thankful for Rep. Insko’s work.
“Rep. Insko has been a steady force for good for our beloved Chapel Hill and Carrboro,” Garson said. “I am grateful for her wisdom, advice, good humor, wit and integrity, and for being a strong, clear voice for our values as a community.”
Garson was elected as First Vice Chair of the Orange County Democratic Party in 2019. He helped lead the party through the 2020 election cycle.
Erica McAdoo, who ran for N.C. House District 63 in 2018, worked with Garson during her campaign and expressed her support for his candidacy.