District judge Ola Lewis calls for campaign finance reform in North Carolina

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Contact: press@takeback.org

Southport, North Carolina (May 13, 2015) _ National non-profit Take Back Our Republic (TBOR) announced Thursday the selection of District 13 B Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis as the state coordinator for the foundation_s North Carolina efforts (www.takeback.org/groups/view/North-Carolina-state-coalition). Above all, the group pledges to promote non-partisan solutions to issues plaguing America_s campaign finance system, by pushing to restore power to the hands of voters.

Lewis, the youngest and first female African-American judge in Brunswick County, has made the pursuit of justice her life_s work, which is why she was eager to join TBOR_s cause.

_I strongly believe in defending the equal rights of people here in North Carolina,_ she said. _It_s why I became a judge. But I_ve run for office and I_ve seen how the political campaign system works and it is not equal. The system has disenfranchised the working citizens politics are meant to represent and that needs to be fixed._

Take Back Our Republic (www.takeback.org), or TBOR, is based near the campus of Auburn University and 90 minutes from the Atlanta airport. Its mission is to conduct research, analysis and public education on conservative ideas for improving the financing of campaigns for public office. One such idea is to incentivize small campaign donations from private citizens. TBOR believes that if more Americans have a voice, politicians will focus less on a handful of large check writers at corporations, unions or special interest groups who expect something in return for their contributions.

TBOR Executive Director John Pudner said each member he_s added to TBOR_s growing staff brings unique experiences that give the whole of its mission a more rounded influence. Lewis is no exception. Lewis, he said, is a leader and trailblazer (as evidenced by the many specialty court programs she has created in her career), but that her most important contribution will not be her personality or her understanding of the law, but her understanding of the constituents of North Carolina. A Fayetteville native, Lewis has been involved in the lives of common people at every level and has an unyielding passion for them and the state they share.

Lewis admitted it is rare to see a judge so politically involved outside of a campaign for his or her own office. As a woman of the law, however, she said the political system has slid so far from where it was meant to be and, as such, this is an issue that was impossible to ignore. As expressed on TBOR_s website, _We believe that the way in which we elect our officials is not a partisan issue; it is an American issue. _Our organization was formed and is run by individuals who understand the political process from the inside out, and are now seeking to educate people about the power they have to shape the process from the outside in._

_We are thrilled to have Ola join our team,_ Pudner said. _She knows politics, she knows the law, she knows North Carolina and she knows its people. Ola_s passion for the issues plaguing political finance is a tremendous weapon at our disposal, but the passion she has for giving a voice to the voiceless is inspiring at a personal level._

_I am honored to be working with her,_ he continued, _but I most look forward to seeing the North Carolina citizens she_ll help us reach and the work they_ll do to make their own voices heard._

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Take Back Our Republic strive to be the leading organization in promoting a culture in politics where character and ideas are the basis of being elected and every election is financed with transparency, primarily by the people to be represented and not by outside interests. Headquartered in Auburn, AL since 2015, TBOR has strong financial backing, an engaged board, more than 100 volunteer coordinators in 47 states, and a staff who stands by our mission.

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