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NC House of Representatives District 89

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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    Greg Cranford

  • Mitchell Smith Setzer

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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. Health care access and cost issues continue to be on the top of many voters’ concerns. 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. Recently the legislature changed both the NC and US legislative districts. What are your views about drawing maps in 2021 when this will again need to occur?

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Contact Phone (828) 464-8294
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Position/philosophy statement I am running to give voters a progressive/liberal Democratic choice on the ballot.
I will be allied with Governor Roy Cooper who is trying to help North Carolina regain its reputation as the most progressive Southern state.
I will support Medicaid expansion and be an advocate for a system which will eventually result in Medicare for All.
Wealthy individuals and corporations should pay more in state taxes. Our flat 5.25% state income tax rate is regressive. "To whom much is given, much is expected."
A non-partisan person should draw districts. Republican gerrymandering needs to end. In Catawba County, Conover should be with Newton in NC House District 89. Brookford, Kenworth and Sweetwater should be in NC House District 96. This would give Democrat Kim Bost a better chance of winning NC House District 96. It would hurt my chances of ever unseating Mitchell Setzer but it would be great to have at least one Democrat in the General Assembly from Catawba County. This will be to our county's advantage if Democrats regain control of the state in the upcoming 2020 elections.
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