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NC State Senate District 2

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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    Libbie Griffin
    (Dem)

  • Tim Harris

  • Norman W. Sanderson
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

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?

Contact Phone (252) 675-8976
Position/philosophy statement Covid-19 has created a great need for our General Assembly to help many North Carolinians. I will vote for providing that assistance to our neighbors.
I'd like to roll back the clock to 2009's state tax laws.
Strict gun control is the greatest need at both the state and federal level.

Imprisoning people who commit misdemeanors and traffic violations but who don't have money for bail fills our jails and causes lost jobs and increased poverty. The pressure that creates on families leads to greater crime, often violent crime. Women are frequently the victims of their partner's frustration and anger. So are kids. Reform of our bail system is needed.

North Carolina imposes heavy financial costs on people who become involved with the courts. Many made-up fees are added to fines and penalties to support county courts. This is not the right way to finance our judicial system. We need to eliminate the imposition of "fees" on people who roll through a stop sign or write a bad check once. It's a heavy tax on many of us.
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