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NC State Senate District 23

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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    Valerie P. Foushee
    (Dem)

  • Tom Glendinning
    (Rep)

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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) 64
Contact Phone (919) 245-3266
email address fousheefornc@gmail.com
Twitter @FousheeforNC
Position/philosophy statement Responsive government that strengthens public education and our economy; ensures affordable healthcare and equality; and protects our environment.
This year is like no other in my lifetime. It is clear that in this moment we need to reinvest in North Carolina: in public education, in access to affordable healthcare, in our infrastructure and in our environment. Operating in the “new normal” has renewed and strengthened our awareness of the importance of access to broadband for remote learning, telehealth, and economic viability. Connection to broadband, especially in rural areas, is a critical issue. While some schools used school buses to deliver technology and other internet resources, it is clear that many students ended the school year with reduced learning outcomes due to inequitable resources available in their home environment. Without access to the high-speed internet, many employees, abiding stay at home orders, were not able to work remotely.

It is no question that we must invest more in public education from Pre-K programs to community college and baccalaureate programs. The current focus on corporate tax cuts has effectually created a severe lack of funding for teacher salaries, instructional supplies, and maintenance of school facilities. The recently released WestEd Leandro funding report indicated that “the state is further away from meeting its constitutional obligation to provide every child with the opportunity for a sound basic education [today] than it was when the Supreme Court of North Carolina issued the Leandro decision more than 20 years ago.” We have a constitutional obligation to provide a sound basic education to every student in our state. It is imperative that we appropriate resources to adequately compensate our teachers and non-certified staff. Additionally, we need a statewide school bond to address the infrastructure needs of our public schools and colleges. North Carolina has $8 billion in immediate infrastructure needs. We can’t continue to ignore this.

The General Assembly has refused to expand Medicaid — this is the strongest tool available to us to help North Carolinians to be healthier. We are one of only 12 states that has not expanded this program. Doing so would get affordable healthcare to an estimated 750,000 working adults and would help struggling rural hospitals to keep their doors open. The shortsighted opposition to it just means that our tax dollars are now leaving North Carolina and supporting Medicaid expansion in other states.

Partisan gerrymandering has degraded our representative government. Voters should choose their representatives, not the other way around. We need to take a new approach to redistricting in 2021: take the partisanship out of the process and pass independent redistricting reforms. While the North Carolina courts have made a first step toward righting the wrong of extreme gerrymandering in our state, we need legislation to ensure that government will continue to work for the public, not politicians. Establishing an independent redistricting commission will result in fair districts soon after the decennial census, not several years later after gerrymandered districts are fought through the courts.

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