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…


Growing up, my father would insist that we each state things we were thankful for as we sat around the Thanksgiving table. As a teenager, I thought this was silly (I was, after all, your typical ungrateful teen). But then some years later, I would spend six different Thanksgivings deployed overseas, and every year we would perform this same ritual, expressing gratitude around our makeshift Thanksgiving table. It was then that I recognized how fortunate I am.

Thanksgiving with the Coopers (2017)

Around those tables from Fallujah to Bagram to Incirlik to a wardroom at sea, I came to appreciate what being an American truly…


One hundred one years ago, the guns fell silent. At 11:00 am on November 11, 1918, the deadliest war in human history came to an end. On this day, we pay tribute to all veterans, alive and long since passed a like, who served our country honorably during war or peacetime.

For me, it is a time to reflect upon the remarkable men and women I had the privilege to serve alongside during my 20 years on active duty in the Marine Corps.

The highest professional honor of my life was to lead Marines. I was entrusted to lead, to…


I’m running for Congress because I think I can make our politics better … if nothing else by example. This is one of those moments when each of us must stand up and be counted.

America has never been perfect. But we were founded on the idea that by showing up and participating in this representative democracy … we can make our union more perfect. That’s been our story from Independence Hall to Seneca Falls, from Selma to Stonewall.

There are basic American ideals that make our story unique (chief among them, the Bill of Rights, separation of powers, and…


Where were you when the world stopped turning? Alan Jackson’s song captures my own memories of that tragic day, now 18 years ago. I was a senior captain in the Marine Corps serving as a forward air controller with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit at Camp Lejeune, NC, and preparing for a routine 6-month deployment to the Mediterranean in a few months, a “Med Cruise,” as it was known.

Everyone in my unit watched the towers fall on that fateful day, but shortly thereafter we were called back to our duty stations and told to get to work. We spent…


The residents maintain the grounds.

A stone’s throw from Dorothea Dix Park in downtown Raleigh is the men’s campus of Healing Transitions, an organization committed to providing help and services to all people struggling with addiction (especially the homeless, uninsured, and underserved) as many times as it takes — to find recovery.

A few days ago I had the opportunity to tour the facility. I was greeted by Justin Garrity, a sharply dressed, physically fit young man in his early 30s. He greeted me with a smile and confidence and pride, eager to share with me the story of Healing Transitions. He began with a…


When we think of the word “community,” we imagine people who know each other, who help each other, and who more often than not enjoy each others’ company. And when we think of the word “community leader,” we often think of a local business leader, or a principal or coach, or a public servant, or yes, a faith leader.

I’ve been witness to the best in both — a community in the folks I’ve come to know at Friendship Chapel Baptist Church, and a community leader in the Senior Pastor Dr. Enoch Holloway.

Dr. Holloway has been a beacon of…


Remember when Americans reached for the stars and achieved big things? Fifty years ago America did something like that when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took their first footsteps on the moon.

Back on Earth, in the United States, Americans sat captivated in front of their televisions as a feeling of hope and euphoria, and patriotic wonder, spread throughout the country. By standing on the Moon, Americans achieved what was once unthinkable … and we did it because of leadership.

Less than a decade earlier, on September 12, 1962, President Kennedy stood in a football stadium in Houston and delivered…


How do you celebrate the 4th of July? And what is your most memorable Independence Day? For most of us, the day is filled with music, parades, and symbols that celebrate the the greatness of America. I ask that you consider thinking of the day not as a celebration, but as an occasion to reflect on what work remains to be done as we strive to create that more perfect union, and what personal role you can play.

My most memorable Independence Day was Jul 4, 2007. I was in Fallujah, Iraq, on my fifth deployment to that country. I…


The Supreme Court recently ruled that it’s not the proper role of the federal courts to police partisan gerrymandering. It’s a state issue, the court said.

The decision is reverberating loudly here in North Carolina. In 2009 we had eight members of Congress who were Democrats and five who were Republican. In 2010 Republicans won a majority in the state legislature and redrew congressional districts to their advantage. In 2018 10 Republicans and three Democrats represented us. In the 2018 elections, the Republican candidates won 50.39% of the vote to Democrats’ 48.35%, yet Democrats didn’t gain any seats. …

Scott Cooper

Candidate for Congress, NC-2

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store