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NC House of Representatives District 98

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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    John R. Bradford III
    (Rep)

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    Christy Clark
    (Dem)

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?

Age (optional) 45
Contact Phone (704) 453-9348
email address john@electbradford.com
Position/philosophy statement Everyone deserves an opportunity.
I am a small business owner and have created jobs for over 75 people in my community. I see, firsthand, how their jobs support their families. In business, I must spend less than I make to ensure I can make payroll. I believe government should practice a similar approach by stopping wasteful spending and leaving within our State's fiscal means. I also believe that individuals are much better decision makers about how to spend his/her hard eared money and not the government. When I served in Raleigh I supported programs to bring new business to our state as well as current company expansion. I also supported reducing taxes while expanding the tax base to help close loopholes from out of state visitors that were not paying their fair share of taxes.
I support our law enforcement and believe that we need to provide additional resources for additional training. We have many laws already in place to protect our communities, but we need elected officials that have the political courage to stand up to criminals and actually enforce the current laws. Laws, alone, will not solve our problem of significant violence but, rather, ensuring our laws are enforced and the respective punishment that goes along with the crime. I support peaceful protest which is healthy for our communities. I do not support lawlessness and criminal violence that is not only impacting people's safety but also damaging personal and private property.
Age (optional) 49
Contact Phone (980) 428-1081
Twitter @christyclarknc
Position/philosophy statement I’m committed to working for the best interests of District 98. I want to build a North Carolina where everyone can thrive.
For too long the majority party has supported a tax policy that benefits the wealthy and corporations and hurts the middle class. I strongly believe we need a tax structure that supports our middle class. North Carolina needs to pass legislation to reinstate the earned income tax credit to give our working families a break. I support Family Medical Leave policies that will help new parents, family members of those with chronic illnesses, and adults who are caregivers for their elderly parents.
Passing gun law reforms has been a top priority of mine for years. Before running for office, I was one of the founding members of the North Carolina chapter of Moms Demand Action. Gun violence prevention is an issue I’m particularly passionate about. As the North Carolina chapter leader of Moms Demand Action, I worked with legislators to prevent dangerous legislation from passing that would make it easier for a dangerous person to purchase a gun Since being an elected official, I have fought to pass background checks on all gun sales and extreme risk protection order laws.