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NC House of Representatives District 91

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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    Rita Cruise
    (Dem)

  • Kyle Hall
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

What experience qualifies you to serve in the NC House of Representatives?

What is the most pressing issue or legislation you would pursue if elected?

What is the impact on industry with Renewable energy incentives for solar energy now eliminated?

What do you propose to close the coverage gap in health insurance for 400,000 North Carolinians?

What would you do to address the monitoring and cleanup, if needed, of potentially harmful chemicals such as PFOS and GenX that are in our air and water supplies?

What are your thoughts on an independent commission for redistricting?

The Parkland, Florida, school shooting has put gun rights vs. control back in the spotlight. What is your stance on the issue?

Contact Phone (336) 983-5321
email address ritacruisenc91@gmail.com
Twitter @ritacruise_91
Position/philosophy statement The most difficult thing is the decision to act. The most important thing is to believe in yourself and your community.
My professional experience is with people & community in nonprofit leadership positions in early childhood education with Smart Start, in community development with Natural Capital Investment & Self-Help; in observational & medical research in Public Health Sciences at Wake Forest Medical Center & ABT Associates; in sustainability and local food systems with WS Sustainability Resource Center & Piedmont Women in Agriculture. Each of these roles required strong problem solving, networking, collaboration & intentional positive communication and commitment to achieving best outcomes for everyone. As a leader, I learned to be delegate, influence, take responsibility, inspire others, gain respect & have empathy for others, & to have courage to stand up others who are unable to stand up for themselves. I believe that I will be able to bring all this professional and life experience to the forefront in public service as a NC House Representative. It will be an honor to serve the people of the 91 st District.
The most pressing issue is the rural health care system. There is not enough rural hospitals or rather small regional hospitals and clinics. People have to travel to urban medical facilities to receive care and treatment. Health care in rural areas cost more due to access. Insurance premiums are based on accessibility and treatment which makes health care less affordable too. 10 hospitals have closed in Rural NC in the last 10 years. Doctors, nurses and other health care providers travel many miles to urban hospitals.

Rural health care systems need good public health options for wellness clinics and health education for its residents so people feel empowered to discuss and understand their health issue. I would propose the establishment fo a private public partnership fund & investment funds to offset costs for rural health clinics through underutilized government buildings to have wellness clinics, screenings and activities to promote good health. Medical professionals could receive incentives to work in rural areas, such as debt reduction for education, or continuing education. Partnerships with medical schools and universities could developed to create real time educational community experiences that are not available at medical centers with enhanced field study in rural health areas, such as pre and post natal care to reduce infant mortality.
With Natural Capital Investment Fund and the Sustainability Resource Center, I was able to experience first hand the impact of industry benefits for energy incentives. Solar energy saved thousands of dollars for indoor swimming pools like YMCA’s, restaurants saved money by having solar hot water and sharing with other DownTown restaurants and promoted their energy savings to customers as Carbon offsets. Solar energy may be used in remote places to provide power and reduce electrical costs for development. Solar energy is an excellent way to make NC greener and reduce climate change. Solar energy and other renewable energy incentives are a must to move toward a more sustainable economy and to make it easier and more affordable for the average small business. Its an investment that pays off but with incentives and greater demand the breakeven offset will be readily realized for businesses and consumers.

Rural NC should become a leader with incentives and rural development to offset energy demands of our technologically growing future. Without incentives the impact of not developing solar energy and all it can bring to NC economy will greatly affect prosperity and the influence the effects of climate change more readily.
Medicaid expansion in NC to ensure all people have access to affordable health care. NC residents are paying with their federal tax dollars already for Medicaid to go to other states. NC needs to expand Medicaid Insurance for families. Medicaid expansion would help keep rural hospitals open and create more jobs.

As I stated earlier, I also think that a public private partnership to create wellness centers for rural communities to learn about nutrition, health education on specific health issues that are more prevalent in rural NC such as heart disease and stroke, infant mortality and obesity. Also, wellness centers for mental health and substance abuse and treatment. Wellness Centers could partner with community colleges and university systems for remote and real time learning and treatments of health issues.

Community awareness and community involvement to aid in advancement of ongoing community wellness such as; healthy food and water systems, interactive and advanced learning through paired university systems and sited cases within rural areas.

With greater health care access and affordability of health care, the insurance premiums would decrease also. With Medicaid expansion and wellness education and access to quality health care, the health of NC’s citizens would improve and become an example for other states.
GenX—Scientists and water quality monitors that have been cut for the Department of Environmental Quality and Department of Health and Human Services should be fully funded to protect our citizens. Corporations like Duke Energy and Chemours must be held accountable for their actions and the current system of allowing rate increases for private citizens to pay for the cleanup is a bad system. NC has to hold Corporations accountable to make legislative decisions to hold tight on clean water, streams and our lands development not just in the immediate future but into many generations. We do not have the the luxury of making mistakes given the current political climate of giving away our most precious resources to contamination with chemicals and other pollutants. Each corporation must share its practices of Good Stewardship with its stockholders and its customers. I

North Carolina legislature needs to have a rating too, we are a governmental body to serve the will and good of the people. Clean water and clean air is a must have for all the people to live.
The 91 st District that I am running in is very divided and it does not truly represent the people but yet the party. To have a independent commission to develop a plan for redistricting based on many criterion to truly represent the communities it serves would be “true democracy.”

As in all governmental decisions, coming to agreement would take great, deliberate decision making similar to the continental congress of 1776. If a thoughtful and truly independent group of citizens and legal and political scholars could develop criterion, and an independent body could met with this group and they together could come up with a most reasonable methodology to redistrict the Great State of North Carolina to truly represent the voting population not based on party but population then I would love to be a part of it and make it a shining example of how to have “true democracy and the vote and voice of the people.

With freedom comes responsibility. That applies to freedom of speech, freedom of press, and the right to bear arms. Responsibility means guns are not available to children, and to keep guns away from people who have a history of violence or severe mental health problems.

On a public policy issue: we should have universal background checks for all gun sales, banning of bump stocks. Schools are not place for guns and there needs to be a zero tolerance in place at school and community parameters to be gun free.

Students and their parents should be given information regarding gun policy.

School counselors, parents, teachers and administrators should be made aware and have policies for school bullying and abuse of students as well as any mental student concerns.

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