North Carolina State House candidate Martha Shafer announced today her campaign’s endorsement by Lillian’s List, an organization that trains and supports progressive women to run for public office in North Carolina.

“I’m so proud and humbled to have received this endorsement. It’s just the latest example of the momentum we’re feeling in the campaign,” said Shafer. “I look forward to working with Lillian’s list in the fight to send principled progressive leaders to the General Assembly this November.“

“We are proud to endorse Martha Shafer in her effort to bring progressive values back to the General Assembly,” said Lillian’s List Executive Director Sarah Preston. “ Ms. Shafer’s experience as a healthcare professional and long-time advocate of reproductive freedom made her an obvious choice for Lillian’s List.”

The Lillian’s List endorsement comes less than two weeks after Our Shot NC endorsed Shafer. Our Shot’s mission is to break the GOP supermajority in the North Carolina House of Representatives by backing progressive candidates in competitive races.

“The individual and grassroots level support our campaign has received is extremely encouraging,” said Shafer. “The support of groups like Lillian’s List and Our Shot will help us achieve our goal of creating a state legislature that puts people first.”


A businesswoman and health care executive, Martha Shafer is a first-time candidate who believes we need new leadership in North Carolina. After growing up in Charlotte, Shafer graduated from Furman University and received her masters of health administration from Duke University. She pursued a career in healthcare management because she wanted to work in a caring profession using business skills, and went on to become a vice president at The Women’s Hospital in Greensboro. More recently, she served as a school and church leader while raising her two daughters and caring for her aging parents. A resident of Summerfield, Shafer and her husband Don have two daughters, both of whom attend college in North Carolina.