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NC Congressman G.K. Butterfield endorses Hillary Clinton

In this Jan. 5, 2016 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign stop in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
In this Jan. 5, 2016 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign stop in Council Bluffs, Iowa. AP

U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, a Wilson Democrat, announced Thursday that he’s backing Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

Butterfield – who chairs the Congressional Black Caucus – wrote on the website The Grio that he thinks Clinton is the best pick for improving black lives in America.

“The black community matters, and black votes matter, which is why I publicly and proudly support Hillary Clinton for president,” Butterfield wrote. “She has the record, foresight and passion to improve the lives of millions of African-Americans.

“In her commitment to reforming our criminal justice system, expanding voting rights, creating jobs and economic opportunities, and enhancing workplace diversity, Clinton’s goals align closely with those of the Congressional Black Caucus and the black community as a whole.”

The Congressman’s 700-word endorsement doesn’t mention the other Democratic presidential contenders, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley.

In other Butterfield news this week, he announced that Reginald Speight will replace A. Ray Rogers as his district director. Speight is the former CEO of Martin Community Action Inc. and served as Butterfield’s director of economic development. Rogers has retired after five years in the job.

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