Cannon said her political platform has been heavily impacted by her experience at UNC. “I worked with NARAL (Pro-Choice) N.C. and the Compass Center, which helped me develop an understanding of comprehensive sex education and abortion politics,” she said. “When I graduated, I wanted to find a place similar, and that was Atlanta, Ga.”
Cannon said she was influenced by Simone Bell, the current seat-holder in the 58th district, who resigned on Friday. “She is also a person of color and openly a lesbian and has done a lot of work in LGBTQ communities, so I started to see myself in similar positions,” Cannon said.
Arnold said she sees Cannon as someone with fresh ideas who will get things done. “I know transparency and accountability are of utmost importance to her because she wants to treat her constituents as she would want to be treated,” she said.
James said Cannon would make an effective and genuine leader, as she’s extremely articulate and can listen to different perspectives. “Cannon is going to wind up being a leader and affecting policy,” she said. “There is no question about that in my mind.”