I’m running for re-election because I’m troubled by the direction North Carolina is heading. I believe that our state should take care of all of its people. The current budget doesn’t value education. It doesn’t value health care. It doesn’t value the economic centers of the state. It seems to only value tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest among us. I’m now a grandfather, and I feel like we broke the system for my children because they’re having to work harder for less. I can’t accept that same inevitability for my grandchildren. Don’t tell me what your priorities are. Show me your budget, and I’ll know what your priorities are.
How can we have a productive society if we’re not educating our children? In the past, North Carolina had one of the foremost public education systems. It’s imperative that we can show businesses that we have a prepared workforce to help them grow their businesses. That means investing in public education. That’s also our constitutional responsibility in the General Assembly.
The government of North Carolina has a constitutional responsibility to protect the air, water and land for all future generations. It’s pretty plain and simple. But yet this Republican-controlled legislature seems to violate the state constitution on a weekly basis by not protecting our environment.
We must respect everybody, no matter who they love, where they came from or what language they speak.
Health Care and Human Services
The health and care of our citizens should be a priority. It shouldn’t be left up to a profit-driven system that has its own set of disparities to decide who gets good treatment and who gets passed over. If you don’t have your health, what do you have?