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NC State Senate District 20

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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    Natalie Murdock
    (Dem)

  • John Tarantino
    (Rep)

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?

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?

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?

Age (optional) 36
Contact Phone (336) 207-0360
email address team@nataliefornc.com
Twitter @NatalieforNC
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Position/philosophy statement I step forward to serve the people of the North Carolina District 20 as your Senator because I feel a deep sense of duty and obligation to serve.
Our Durham Natalie believes in equitable and affordable housing. She will invest in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods, cap rent hikes, and hold landlords accountable. Natalie is committed to justice that works for Durham. She will decriminalize non-violent crimes, offer and fund alternatives to incarceration, and call on the General Assembly for a statewide audit of detention centers and criminal justice proceedings. Our NC Natalie is ready to rebuild the middle class. She will raise the minimum wage, invest in entrepreneurship, and incentivize companies to hire locally. Natalie believes in health care for all. She will expand Medicaid, commit to reproductive health care for all North Carolinians, and increase access to health care professionals, especially in rural areas. Our Future Natalie is committed to protecting our environment. She will create and fund a Green New Deal for North Carolina, commit to 100% renewable energy by 2050, and expand mass transit across the state. Natalie knows education is the key to opportunity. She will invest in STEM education and retraining opportunities, provide tuition-free community college, raise wages for school staff, invest in early childhood education, increase staff in schools across the state to meet federal guidelines, and eliminate the school-to-prison pipeline.
Natalie Murdock is a product of North Carolina public schools–from kindergarten to college. She takes pride in her North Carolina education, and she is committed to ensuring this state provides all children the opportunity to get the best education possible.

Policy Solutions:

Raise wages. North Carolina must provide ALL public school personnel with a $15 minimum wage, $45,000 starting pay for teachers with a bachelor’s degree, raise wages 5% for all non-certified staff, teachers, and administrators, and provide a 5% cost of living adjustment for all retirees. Meet national staffing standards. The General Assembly must ensure that public schools have adequate school librarians, psychologists, social workers, counselors, nurses, and other health professionals. Restore benefits. The General Assembly must reinstate retiree health benefits and compensation for advanced degrees taken from teachers in 2017 and 2013. Fund early childhood education. The state legislature must commit to funding Pre-K for all children and ensure that every child in North Carolina who qualifies for child care assistance receives it. Increase funding to HBCUs & community colleges. According to the North Carolina state constitution, all schools in the UNC system should be free to North Carolinians “as far as practicable.” Let’s start with community college. Address infrastructure. Natalie will work to ensure the state fulfills its obligation to fully support state public education facilities
As a small business owner, there are times that I have had to live without health insurance so Medicaid expansion is much more than a campaign slogan for me. Coming from a family of healers, health care is a top priority for Natalie, and she is committed to ensuring all North Carolinians have access to the care they need.

Policy Solutions:

Expand Medicaid. Accepting federal funds to expand Medicaid will close the insurance gap among thousands of North Carolinians who currently lack access to care. Improve data collection. Data on health outcomes in North Carolina is limited, particularly when it comes to outcomes by gender and race. By committing to improving data collection on health and wellness at the county level, researchers and policymakers can better understand the issues North Carolinians face and how to address them and fund preventable health measures. Health care in every county by 2025. The General Assembly needs to address the inequity in primary, mental/behavioral, and dental health care providers across the state. North Carolina must establish a state goal of equitable distribution of health care providers in every county by 2025. Invest in care at school. We need to fund the education budget so that nurses, school psychologists, and social workers serve every school. The health habits children build early in their lives last into adulthood.
We need to change the State Constitution to put a stop to partisan and racial gerrymandering of legislative, congressional, judicial and other districts.

North Carolina needs an independent commission that will fairly draw legislative and congressional districts. Such a commission must remove all partisanship from setting up legislative and congressional districts. Further, all districts must be compact, have equal population as much as possible, and represent communities of common interest. The work of such a commission can be reviewed by the court to ensure fairness and compliance to the state and federal constitution. Such a commission can also set up judicial and other districts to ensure partisan and racial gerrymandering ends at all levels of government.
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