Candidate name: Rep. Alma Adams State: North Carolina Bio: Rep. Alma Adams is a public servant, educator and artist. She entered politics in the 1980s after becoming the first Black woman elected to the Greensboro, North Carolina, school board. She later served on the Greensboro City Council and in the North Carolina General Assembly. In 2014 Adams won a special election and entered the 113th Congress; two years later, the lawmaker was elected to a second term representing North Carolina’s 12th Congressional District. A graduate of North Carolina A&T State University who went on to earn a Ph.D. from the Ohio State University, Adams taught art education at Bennett College for 40 years. She’s a passionate advocate for HBCUs and founded the first Congressional Bipartisan HBCU Caucus. Women’s rights are another issue Adams champions, and along with Rep. Yvette Clarke, she recently introduced the Maternal Care Access and Reducing Emergencies (CARE) Act. “As a mother, grandmother and teacher, I’m outraged by how Republicans in Congress keep ignoring the needs of our families,” she wrote on her website. For more information: