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NC House of Representatives District 52

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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  • James L. (Jamie) Boles, Jr.
    (Rep)

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    Lowell Simon
    (Dem)

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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. 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?

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Age (optional) 64
Contact Phone (910) 690-0948
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Position/philosophy statement People are being left out of the American Dream and prosperity. Elected officials don't represent the people anymore, and I want to change that.
The tier system needs to be eliminated. It disincentivizes counties from investing in economic growth. There is too much diversity within counties to classify them on such scales. More investment needs to be directed toward entrepreneurship and small business growth. Start-ups and small companies provide more economic growth and opportunity than large corporations moving in. Tax breaks, incentives, and deferments should not be used to leverage one state or county over another. Any tax subsidy should be tied directly to quality job creation - real opportunities for North Carolinians to make a decent living. Our tax dollars are already subsidizing companies that intentionally create minimum wage jobs with little or no benefits. Many working class Americans have jobs that pay substandard wages that offer no health benefits, no paid time off, sick days, or other basic needs for families. This results in employed Americans relying on tax-payer funded social safety nets for basic needs not otherwise met. Either way, tax-payers are subsidizing corporate profits.
Violence is already illegal. The solution isn't necessarily about changing the laws. The solutions are found in dealing with the root causes of violence. The propensity of violence is directly linked to poverty and education. History has shown that when communities are uplifted, education is improved, and basic needs are met, rates of violence drop significantly. While there are some legislative answers (such as sentencing flexibility, legalizing cannabis, firearm safety, and reducing recidivism) it's more effective to focus on prevention.

To improve safety in our communities, we need to address the lack of consistent enforcement policies in Police Departments. We need strong use of force policies and community input to help rebuild trust. We need to budget for more mental health support, counselors, and mediators to promote deescalation. Police officers are not well trained to deal with the majority of the crimes they are asked to deal with. If we stopped defunding school counselors and mental health professionals, we would have less violence. We should be sending in the right person for the right job.

The current COVID crisis is a perfect example of why it's so important to have the right person on the job. The pandemic has caused cases of domestic violence to surge across the state. We need to increase funding for organizations and resources that support peoples ability to remove themselves and their children from unsafe situations.