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Throughout my life I have put service before self and country above all else. I will bring that same honor and dignity to the sacred duty of representing you.

Lt Col Scott Cooper, USMC (Ret.)
Candidate for Congress, NC-02

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Meet Scott Cooper

Scott Cooper grew up in a working-class home in Wyoming. His father was an appliance salesman, and his mom was a piano teacher. They taught him to value family, to work hard, and to serve your community. Embracing these values, Scott Cooper went on to serve our country for 20 years in the Marine Corps after graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy. In 1997, the Marine Corps sent him to North Carolina where he put down roots, raised his two daughters, and deployed eight times, including five tours in Iraq and two in Afghanistan. After each deployment he came home to North Carolina.

While the highest honor of Scott Cooper’s life was leading Marines, he knew his service couldn’t stop there. He went on to found Veterans for American Ideals—an organization that helps veterans to continue serving in their communities. The organization is committed to amplifying veterans’ voices to bridge divides and be a civilizing, unifying force in our fractious political landscape.

Why I'm Running

I look back on my 20 years in the Marine Corps with enormous pride, and I am continually reminded of the valuable lessons I learned along the way. No one asked where you were from, who your parents were, or how much money they made. No one cared about what religion you were, or with what political party you identified. We all bled green, and we all worked together toward a common mission.

The last couple of years, it feels like we are more divided than ever. Somehow, the idea has taken hold that those who don’t share your political beliefs are your enemy. I couldn’t disagree more. 

In fact, we are more alike than different. We are a country of shared ideals, and we all have a responsibility to work together to make our country better.

I see the divisions, and I’m committed to working to bridge them. In the Marine Corps I saw the sense of community that ran deeper than race, class, and ideology. We need more of that in our neighborhoods, our communities, and especially our Congress.

I’m running because we need leaders who are courageous enough to tell the truth, who will truly serve the people they represent, and who will always display a respect for others. 

I hope to earn your vote.

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Friends,

On December 2nd the North Carolina Superior Court ruled that the newly drawn maps generated in November by the state legislature will be the maps used for the 2020 congressional elections. With these new district maps, I have been drawn out of the 2nd Congressional District and am now a resident of the 4th Congressional District, which is represented by David Price, an incredible public servant and truly one North Carolina’s finest statesmen.

Our campaign wasn’t about simply getting elected. It was about ensuring my family, friends, and neighbors would be represented by someone who shares our values, which Congressman Price does. Therefore we are suspending our campaign, filled with gratitude for your support over the last eight months.

I believe that we had a clear path to unseating Representative George Holding and working in Washington on behalf of our fellow North Carolinians. But as I learned from many years in the Marine Corps, no good plan survives first contact, and one must always be clear-eyed about the facts on the ground.

I’m grateful to all of you for your belief in me. As I said many times, this campaign was at its core about an idea – the notion that we all must contribute to our communities and our country, in every chapter of our lives; that we don’t have the luxury of being apathetic or cynical; and that citizenship isn’t a spectator sport.

I decided to run for Congress because I saw that many of our fellow North Carolinians seemed to have lost faith in the political process, and no longer believed that there are good people who will be public servants of integrity – people who will be true leaders. The campaign was a part of my effort to change that perception, and my life’s work will continue to be the fulfillment of that idea.

From Louisburg to Lillington, from Raleigh to Rocky Mount, from Holly Springs to Smithfield, I came to know many of you like old friends, and you never ceased to inspire and invigorate me (and also challenge me on every topic under the sun).

This is not the end of my service. My entire life has been dedicated to serving my country. I still believe in electing people who share our values of integrity, dedication, and service. I intend to spend the coming months working hard to help many of my fellow North Carolina Democrats win their elections, from the reelections of Governor Roy Cooper and Attorney General Josh Stein to Democrats running for our General Assembly. And, I am all too aware that there will once again be new congressional maps for 2022, maps that will likely include an additional seat for North Carolina and that promise new opportunities.

Thank you for being part of this action of citizenship. I often told a story about the most significant election of my life, one that took place in the autumn of 2005, when I helped to secure polling sites in Iraq. Many of you remember people posing for photos with their purple ink-stained thumbs signifying that they had voted. For most it was the first free election of their lives.

I know how fortunate I am to live in a country where we just assume that we will enjoy the right of the franchise.

I pray that we can remember in this moment that we are more alike than different, that we are citizens of a country of shared ideals, and that we owe each other our respect, as long as our character merits respect.

I look forward to seeing all of you in the coming months, perhaps on the campaign trail for a North Carolina Democrat. As I reminded you often, remember that you can’t wring your hands and roll up your sleeves at the same time. This is a moment to roll up our sleeves.

Semper Fidelis,

Scott