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NC State Senate District 18

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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    Sarah Crawford

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

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?

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?

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?

Age (optional) 38
Contact Phone (919) 395-6369
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Position/philosophy statement I am running for office to fight for justice, fairness and equality for all North Carolinians. We need to invest in people and communities.
I am running for public office because the General Assembly has taken North Carolina off track. One important issue that we must address for North Carolina is healthcare. In 2013, the North Carolina General Assembly rejected fully funded federal Medicaid expansion; and year after year, they have repeatedly made the wrong decision for North Carolina. Half a million North Carolinians are uninsured and cannot go to the doctor when they need to. Many of these individuals are parents of children, are hard-working, but do not have employer offered health insurance and they fall in the coverage gap; they make two much to qualify for Medicaid as it is right now in NC and too little to be eligible under the ACA Marketplace tax credits. Hard-working North Carolinian's who get sick and cannot get care risk losing their jobs and in some cases even their houses. Moreover, the decision to not expand Medicaid has cost the state about 37,000 jobs and billions of dollars. Wake County alone would see more than $3 billion in business activity because of Medicaid expansion and more than $25 million in county revenue. We should be investing in people and the infrastructure of this state in order to keep North Carolina moving in the right direction.
As a candidate, investing in public education is a top priority and as a legislator, it will continue to be. For far too long, North Carolina’s legislators have shirked their constitutionally mandated responsibility to invest in public education and ensure a sound, basic public education for all North Carolina children. The report that was released a few weeks ago confirms this and offers recommendations for legislators to follow. Public education is the number one predictor of social and economic mobility and can be the first step in ending generational poverty. We must work to restore and increase funding for public education. Specifically, I will be working to ensure that all public educators and school personnel are respected and that all school personnel receive raises, bringing North Carolina up to at least the national average as a first step. We need to raise per-pupil spending and average teacher pay, which both lag far behind the national average, putting North Carolina in the bottom tier of states. We must ensure that charter schools are held accountable for any way that they use public funding and put an end to tax breaks for the wealthiest corporations while public schools suffer.
Since 2013, the North Carolina General Assembly has repeatedly given tax breaks to the wealthiest corporations while a greater burden is put on low- and middle-income North Carolinians. According to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, had state lawmakers not given these breaks to the wealthiest in the state, North Carolina would have about $3.5 billion more in annual revenue. These are important dollars that could be invested into services in our state such as public education, infrastructure such as roads and universal broadband, providing greater connectivity and opportunities for the middle class.
According to a number of studies in recent years, including ones by Brookings Institute and the Economic Opportunity Institute, there is a link between early childhood education and crime and health and crime. Studies have shown that children who did not participate in early childhood learning programs were 70% more likely to be arrested for a violent crime. Additionally, another study looked at the impact of expanding Medicaid and crime and found that Medicaid expansion led to an economically meaningful reduction in the rates of robbery, aggravated assault and larceny theft. These two studies suggest that, among other possibilities, the state can make investments to increase access to early childhood programs and can expand Medicaid, which would both play a role in improving safety in our communities.
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Age (optional) 68 years
Contact Phone (919) 469-6003
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Position/philosophy statement Conservative/Republican
I believe the most important priority facing government today is to restore confidence in our elected officials and training our children in schools and colleges to respect our Constitution and to learn the true facts as to the founding of our country on principles of freedom, free enterprise and faith in God. We must elect leaders who have the ability to engage in civil debate when considering issues and who set good examples as public servants.
I believe that as legislators we must make sure the schools are funded in such a manner as to comply with the Leandro decision of the North Carolina Supreme Court. I support the public school system, but I also encourage private schools and the voucher system. We must also work to employ the best teachers based upon qualifications and not quotas.
I am opposed to higher taxes. I support a fair tax system and believe that legislators are responsible for making sure tax dollars are spend wisely and not wastefully.
Yes--I believe that we must do more to support law enforcement and build more prisons, if necessary, to remove violent offenders from our streets and neighborhoods. I also support the 2nd amendment rights of our citizens to own and possess firearms.