Under the Dome

Cruz campaign set to announce NC-based team

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a Republican presidential candidate, is set to announce his North Carolina-based leadership group, including several activists who previously worked with Lt. Gov. Dan Forest and a civil rights leader who was involved in the Greensboro sit-ins. The campaign said it had recruited evangelical and Tea Party leaders.

The Cruz campaign tells Dome that Cruz was looking for leaders to add to “grassroots momentum” and to help him raise money and compete for the nomination.

A formal announcement is expected Tuesday to include:

▪ USMC Lieutenant Colonel William “Bill” and Velvet Cowan (Ret.) of Mt. Airy.

Cowan is a retired Marine Corps officer and Vietnam veteran. He has experience in Europe, Latin America and the Middle East serving as a field operator for covert missions.

Velvet is a co-founder of NC Tea 411, a statewide action alert network. She served as Forest’s statewide Tea Party coalition leader, and is active in the North Carolina Federation of Republican Women and Surry County GOP.

▪ David & Tracy Bengtson of Davidson.

David and Tracy Bengtson are longtime activists. Tracy is a homeschool mom who is a co-founder of NC Tea 411, a statewide action alert network, and served on Forest’s statewide leadership team.

David is an engineer and small business owner. He has served on the Cabarrus County GOP Executive Committee and as GOP District Chair.

David and Tracy have also served as full-time missionaries in a disaster relief effort.

▪ Tim and Judy Daughtry of Yanceyville

Formerly a clinical psychologist, Tim Daughtry is a conservative author, political speaker and pundit.

Judy, a longtime conservative political activist, spent her career in Human Resources Management. The Daughtrys are small-business owners providing leadership and management consulting services to organizations.

▪ Clarence Henderson of High Point

A civil rights activist throughout the 1960s, Henderson joined the 1960 sit-in at the Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro. He is now a busy local activist volunteering and fundraising for the Boy Scouts of America, North Carolina A&T State University, Bennett College and Dudley High School.

▪ Paul Valone of Raleigh

Valone has been political activist for more than a decade is a longtime leader in the gun-rights group Grass Roots North Carolina.