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NC House of Representatives District 17

The North Carolina House of Representatives is the lower house of the North Carolina General Assembly. The House of Representatives consists of 120 members who serve a term of two years. Each member represents an average of 79,462 residents, as of the 2010 Census. The presiding officer of the House of Representatives is the Speaker of the House, who holds powers similar to those of the Senate President pro-tem. The Speaker is elected by the members from their membership for a two-year term. The Speaker’s duties include maintaining order in the House and appointing members to the House standing committees.The North Carolina General Assembly, of which the House is a part, is to convene a new regular session every two years, and the dates for these sessions are set by law. 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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  • Frank Iler
    (Rep)

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    Tom Simmons
    (Dem)

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1. What do you see as your most important priority if you are elected? [Youtube video for this question or text or both].

2. Education policy and funding issues have been in the news lately. What are your views and priorities on how this should be addressed in the coming year?

3. Tax policy can be used to address many issues –giving subsidies to companies coming to NC, balancing the needs of urban and rural areas, providing family support such as the earned-income tax credit, etc. What are your views about the tax policies in NC?

4. Many communities in North Carolina are experiencing significant violence. Do you think that changes to the laws in our state would improve safety in our communities?

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Age (optional) 75
Contact Phone (910) 540-2481
email address ltsimmons531@gmail.com
Position/philosophy statement I have the leadership skills necessary to find answers for today's issues and the vision to find solutions for tomorrow's challenges.
Expansion of Medicaid. 600,000 North Carolinians, 130,000 of whom are children, do not have health coverage. NC is ranked 29th in the nation for children's health care. A child's health is fundamental to their overall development. Lack of health coverage affects a child's school readiness, attendance and can have lasting consequences on their future health and well-being. Expansion of Medicaid would create jobs in the medical field and allow rural hospitals to remain open and serve those citizens most in need in their communities.
The early years of a child's life lay the foundation for lifelong success. Establishing the conditions that promote educational achievement for children is critical. With a strong and healthy beginning, children can more easily stay on track to remain in school, graduate, pursue post-secondary education and successfully transition into adulthood. NC continues to have significant gaps in educational achievement by race and income. Additional funding and expansion of Pre-K education programs will be important to ensure NC's future workforce can complete on a global scale. A child's future should be more important than tax cuts for the wealthy, or votes in the next election.
I would support tax incentives to new and expanding businesses to encourage clean job growth, paying a living wage in rural areas where unemployment is high. A business receiving tax incentives would be required to employ at least 50% of their workforce form the local communities. Training for these jobs could be offered through the community collage system.
Laws alone do not make communities safe. How these laws are enforced are equally important. The hiring and training of all law enforcement officers is an important factor to ensure community safety especially in the area of mental health. I would support a system in NC that would prevent an officer dismissed due to use of excessive force or willful dereliction of duty from being rehired by another law enforcement agency in NC