The void in leadership motivated Adams, who went on record saying that Governor Pat McCrory and other Republicans in the state were in effect disenfranchising voters of color in the past election cycle. A divorced mother of two and a grandmother, the former Bennett College professor is a vocal champion of women’s rights and education.

In her campaign, Adams promised to continue fighting for those in her district who are struggling to be heard in these politically turbulent times. Adams is also known for being a woman to wear many hats – literally.

She claims to own over 900 pieces of her stylish head wear and only removes them when she’s inside the main chamber of the House, where hats are forbidden. Adams is considered one of the rising stars of the congressional freshmen class.

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