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NC State Senate District 15

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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    Jay J. Chaudhuri
    (Dem)

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    Mario J. Lomuscio
    (Rep)

  • Kat McDonald
    (Lib)

Biographical Information

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?

Contact Phone (919) 715-6400
Twitter @jay_chaudhuri
Position/philosophy statement I've spent my career fighting for the people of North Carolina.
The pandemic has laid bare the inequalities of our state and reminds us of our important priorities. First, we must stop the coronavirus so we can restart the economy. Now more than ever, we must expand access to health care for every North Carolinian. To stop COVID-19, we must expand Medicaid so that everyone can afford testing and treatment for the coronavirus, reduce the costs of prescription drugs, and guarantee coverage for preexisting conditions. Second, we must support frontline workers and small businesses hit by the pandemic rather than more tax breaks for big corporations. Finally, we must prepare our state to grow and expand opportunity. That means we must focus on strong public schools for all children, with higher teacher pay and more resources for the classroom.
As a parent of two young children in public schools, there's nothing more that I want to do than send my children back to school. However, as a state, we can't even really think about doing so in the middle of the pandemic unless our schools and teachers have the financial support and flexibility they need. The General Assembly should do a few simple things to provide much-needed support. First, we should grant our local boards of education flexibility so children aren't forced to attend schools in-person. Second, we should allocate more money for personal protective equipment, hand sanitizers, and hand soap. According to one estimate, the cost for infection control supplies totals $37 million just for the first two months of the school year. Finally, we should grant more money for rural broadband to help our school kids who don't even access to high-speed internet to do their homework. The bottom line: We must make investment in education a top priority because that's what will grow economy.
We must focus on reducing income inequality by focusing on three key tax areas. First, we must restore the state's Earned Income Tax Credit, one of the most powerful and proven tools to combat poverty for North Carolina families and children. Second, we must restore childcare subsidies eliminated by the General Assembly because I believe subsidized childcare is both an investment and economic development strategy. Finally, we must end tax breaks for the wealthy and big corporations. According to the Budget & Tax Center, these giveaways will cost over $1 billion in lost revenue each year.
As George Floyd's murder and many other national tragedies have shown us, we must push for comprehensive police reform. Such reform should include banning dangerous practices like chokeholds and no-knock warrants, prohibiting racial profiling, requiring transparency about use of force, and increasing accountability for police conduct and violence.
Age (optional) 31
Twitter @MarioLomuscio
Position/philosophy statement I’m a Constitutionalist Conservative. I believe in Faith, Family, Fraternity, and our Founding Principles.
The most important priorities for me at this point are helping our people recover from the Coronavirus pandemic, rebuild our struggling economy, make healthcare more accessible and affordable, and improve the quality of our education system.
I am an unwavering champion of school choice. I believe in our public schools. We should make sure we do all we can to support our public school system, but public schools aren’t right for everyone. I believe that no one knows the individual needs and interests of each child better than the parent and it’s the parent who should have the right to choose which institution best suits the needs of their child. I support expanding the Opportunity Scholarship program and the Education Savings Account program for every North Carolina student. Every child deserves the same opportunity for a quality education regardless of race, religion, income, or zip-code.
Especially in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, it is crucial to provide as much relief to our struggling families as possible. I believe we need to dramatically cut taxes here in our state. I want to eliminate the personal income tax entirely and thereby follow a model similar to the nine other States with no income tax. I would also like to cut the corporate tax to offer much needed aid to our struggling small businesses that have been decimated by the pandemic. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and we must do all we can to support them.
I’m certainly open to a thoughtful debate and discussion on possible laws that might mitigate the violence spreading across our communities. However, it seems to me that a significant portion of the problem is the fact that we have laws on the books that are simply not being enforced. We need to do all we can to support our law enforcement community to give them the requisite tools and training they need to keep our communities safe.
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