Democrat Denise D. Adams Announces Candidacy for Congressional Seat

Winston-Salem City Council Member Denise D. Adams to Run for Fifth District Congressional Seat

Will file tomorrow (Friday, February 23)


Winston-Salem, NC (February 22, 2018) —  Denise D. (DD) Adams, who represents the North Ward on the Winston-Salem City Council, will make the official  announcement of her candidacy for North Carolina’s Fifth District Congressional seat at  the Forsyth Board of Elections, tomorrow, February 23 at 2:00 p.m.  The Forsyth County Board of Elections is located in the Forsyth County Government Center, 201 N Chestnut St,  Winston Salem.

Adams, born and raised in Winston-Salem, is serving her third term on the city council in Winston-Salem. The Fifth Congressional District is composed of 11 northwest North Carolina counties and is currently represented by Virginia Foxx, Republican.  Adams is a Democrat.

Adams has a reputation as a fierce advocate for her North Ward constituents and for issues that have citywide impact.  Adams, who describes herself as a lifelong “public servant volunteer,”  said it is time the Fifth Congressional District had a representative in Washington who will  speak up for the people like she has spoken up for the residents of her Winston-Salem City Council ward. “It’s time for a new wave in North Carolina politics. For too long,” she said, “citizens in our Fifth District haven’t been heard. I will change that and make sure people come first again.”

Contact information for the Adams for Congress Committee

DD Adams for Congress

PO Box 17373

Winston Salem, NC 27116


Bio Information


Denise (DD) Adams, Democratic Candidate, Fifth Congressional District of North Carolina

Denise D. Adams (DD) is a native of Winston-Salem and a passionate servant of the community. Adams has served as Council Member for the North Ward of Winston-Salem since 2009, and is currently serving as Vice Chair of the Finance Committee and the Community Development/Housing/General Government Committee. Her desire to impact the quality of life for all people is the fire that drives her. Adams has served on the board of many local and state organizations including:  NC League of Municipalities, Arts Council, First Tee of the Triad, Forsyth County Community Garden Extension.

In her role as City Council Member DD has:

  • Spearheaded efforts to raise wages for police, firefighters and city workers
  • Championed city infrastructure investment, such as renovation of Benton Convention Center
  • Secured jobs for the beautification/development of city green spaces, walking paths & community gardens
  • Advocated for healthy foods in city “food deserts”
  • Supported pro-LGBTQ rights for city employees who have same-sex marriages/domestic partnerships to be allowed to include their partners/children as dependents as it relates to retirement and health care benefits
  • Led the environmental hydroponic/aquaponic facility project in the Kimberly Park neighborhood

DD Adams received the B.A. degree in Speech Communication from Morgan State University and is also a graduate of several leadership organizations in the community and state, including Leadership North Carolina, Institute of Political Leadership of North Carolina and Leadership Winston-Salem. She is a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church.

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