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NC State Senate District 47

The North Carolina State Senate is the upper body of the North Carolina Legislature and consists of 50 members who serve a term of two years. Each member represents an average of 190,710 residents, as of the 2010 Census. The Senate elects officers from their membership including the President Pro Tempore.The North Carolina General Assembly, of which the Senate is a part, is to convene a new regular session every two years. The NC legislature makes decisions on the budget: taxes, tax credits, economic development, education funding, Pre-K, the courts, Medicaid, etc. It also passes laws that set environmental standards such as water and air quality, tax rates, tax credits, criminal justice. Legislators in both chambers serve two-year terms without term limits. Sessions begin at noon on the third Wednesday after the second Monday in January.

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    David Brian Wheeler

Biographical Information

What makes you the best candidate for this office? (YouTube link or 700 characters max if text)

What are your top 3 legislative priorities for the next two years? (500 characters max)

How would you rate the quality of public education in NC currently?

If you rate it less than excellent, what proposals would you support to improve it? (700 characters max)

What accountability should be required of schools receiving public funding? (250 characters max)

What do you propose to enhance job creation in NC? (500 characters max)

How do you rate the environmental quality of NC’s air, water, and land?

If your rating was less than excellent, what policies would you support to improve them? (700 characters max)

What is the best way to handle the redistricting process in 2021 and why. (500 characters max)

How do you rate NC’s cyber and public works infrastructure?

If you rated it less than excellent, what policies would you support to improve it? How would you fund them? (500 characters max)

How do we protect the integrity of our elections in NC? (500 characters max)

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Age (optional) 55
Contact Phone (828) 222-4849
email address david@wheelernc.com
Twitter @davidbwheeler
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Position/philosophy statement Western North Carolina deserves our fair share. We can do better.
I have held a job since I was 14 years old. I worked my way through college. I started my first business at 24 years old and have worked for myself since then. It's important that our representatives understand the value of work. Through the years I've had good times and bad. I've made money and lost money. But I've kept going. Tried to do my best. Made mistakes but moved on and kept trying to take care of my team and my family. I've also been able to travel the world and learned about about North Carolina and the USA through this travel. We have a great State and Country but we can do better. I'm a hard worker. Tenacious. Optimistic and innovative. Never tell me, "you can't do that", unless you want me to do that...! I'm also a family man and have three young kids. This is taught me a lot about the importance of healthcare, education, and values. I would be honored to represent everyone in this district and would work hard, hold town halls, listen and get thing done.
- Properly fund our rural schools

- Expand high speed/low cost broadband Internet to anyone in Western NC that wants it

- Expand Medicaid
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- reorganize school funding with an emphasis on helping rural schools first

- increase teacher, and staff pay

- give local school boards more control
- transparency on everything including budgets, test scores, graduation rates, teacher retention and salaries, staff retention and salaries

- hold town halls annually to ensure the public has input and school boards are transparent
- create a rural entrepreneurs funding organization to provide start-ups and small businesses capital to start new entities, create jobs or expand their operations

- eliminate state corporate taxes on any business that makes less than $250,000 per year

- eliminate state income taxes for anyone making less than $75,000 per year
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- increase funding to the NC DEQ for monitoring, remediation, and enforcement

- tax polluters

- prosecute violators

- increase fines for violators

- Make NC gov't carbon neutral by 2025
- Turn the redistricting over to an independent, non-partisan commission

- Politicians should not be involved in drawing their districts - that is cheating in my book
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- We must expand high speed/low cost broadband Internet to anyone that wants it in Western NC

- I would work closely with regulators, small businesses, and funding sources to get broadband expanded to anyone that wants it in my district by 2023

- Access to broadband should not be determined by your zip code
- Provide the NC Board of Elections the funding and tools they need to ensure everyone that wants to vote is able to vote by mail, or in person

- Provide NC Board of Elections with additional funding for attorneys to monitor elections and the results

- Spot audit all voting machines to ensure votes are being properly counted