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Zack Hawkins Files For State Representative (District 31); Receives Michaux’s Endorsement


Durham, NC – On Monday February 12, Zack Hawkins filed officially at the State Board of Elections as a Democratic candidate for NC State Representative, District 31.  Joining Zack was his wife, Tracey, and NC State Rep. Mickey Michaux who recently announced that he would not seek re-election to represent Durham’s District 31.  Also joining Zack was NC State Representatives Mary Ann Black (District 29) and Marcia Morey (District 30), both fully supportive.

Zack Hawkins (l), Democratic candidate for NC House District 31, with (l-r) Rep. Morey, Rep. Black and NC Sen. Mike Woodard at State Board of Elections today (Feb. 12)
Zack Hawkins, Democratic candidate for NC House District 31, receives endorsement of long-serving District 31 Rep. Mickey Michaux, who has announced his retirement. (submitted)

At 38, Zack is younger than Rep. Michaux when he was first elected in 1973 to the 31st District and if elected will be the 3rd youngest person ever to win the seat.

Rep. Mickey Michaux said, “Zack is the future and I believe in his ability to fight for our progressive values towards building a better North Carolina for everyone. He will be a great member of the NC General Assembly and will represent Durham

County well. He has my full support and endorsement for my seat in the NC House.”

“I am most humbled to receive the endorsements of Mickey Michaux and the Durham House delegation as I seek this seat.  The opportunity to run –to stand on the shoulders of a giant whose legacy of leadership is the reason I have this opportunity is inspiring. Mickey’s progressive body of work frames the fight for justice and equality for the next generation of political leaders.  I look forward to carrying on Mickey’s legacy as a progressive voice in the NC General Assembly, prioritizing K-12 education (including special education), healthcare access and the economy, innovation, infrastructure and technology, poverty and good government.

I believe in a Better North Carolina. A state where every person has the opportunity to live up to their God-given talents and abilities, from Murphy to Manteo, without discrimination and unnecessary barriers.

(l-r) Rep. MaryAnn Black (D-29), District 31 candidate Zack Hawkins, Rep. Mickey Michaux (D-31) and Rep. Marcia Morey (D-30) after filing as candidates at the State Board of Elections today.

Everyone deserves a shot to contribute to our state, receive a well funded and affordable education, access to affordable healthcare, have the opportunity to raise a family with a job that pays a living wage, and have a state government they can trust and that serves their best interest,” Zack Hawkins said after filing as a candidate to represent District 31 in the NC State House.

The Hawkins Family

Zack Hawkins is one of the most significant young political leaders in the state under 40. He has served in leadership roles at the local, state and national levels, most recently as 1st Vice Chair of the North Carolina Democratic Party.

Zack received a B.S. in Biology from Elizabeth City State University and a M.S. in Biology from North Carolina Central University. Zack has served as a teacher in Durham Public Schools (Southern High School) and works everyday to help remove financial barriers for those that need it most, as a development and advancement professional in nonprofits such as United Way and higher education, East Carolina University, Duke University and UNC. 

Zack lives in Durham with his wife, Tracey, and sons Zachari, James Preston and Adam and golden retriever, Sophie.

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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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