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NC House of Representatives District 38

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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  • Kenneth Bagnal
    (Rep)

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    Richard Haygood
    (Lib)

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    Abe Jones
    (Dem)

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?

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?

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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As a local candidates, I'd like to fouce on empowering the residents to help one another and impove our community.
I believe that a privatized system in conjuction with a opt-in public option would increase the quality of education while lowering the cost. Parents know what's best for their childrend and they should make the decision on who educates them.
I think that tax policies focuse too much on how much to spend and not enought how to spend what we already have. We need to shift the focus from throwing money at our problems to seeing how it's being used, especially when it comes to giving subsidies to companies and urben/rural projects.
Yes, I do. Many laws and how they are enforced can have unforeseen consequences that can create unnecessary and violent engagment with law enforcement. Even they simple act of making something iilegal can create a criminal network that ensures persisting violence in our communities. It's time to examine which laws are necessary and which aren't to help curb the pain.
Age (optional) 67
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Position/philosophy statement Abe is committed to building a state government that delivers justice, opportunity, and safety for everybody.
My most important priority is to focus on criminal justice reform. In that area, attention is particularly needed on changing the bail bond system, facilitating true “speedy trial” as opposed to what exists now, and emphasis on meaningful practical alternatives to incarceration.
State funding should be provided for and dedicated to public schools. Low performing schools should be afforded extensive “watch-care” attention in the form of experienced teachers and administrators and special funding for remedial programs. Education should be a top-three priority.
The legislature should look at aiming the thrust of any tax cuts toward middle class and lower-income working people. Also, there should be particular attention given to small business development.
Required skill training to individuals incarcerated in state and county systems longer than 6 months should be state policy. Also, every individual graduating from high school should have mandatory skill training (in some field of choice); these policies create constructive and engaged communities. Additionally, Cities and/or counties should be offered state funding to train law enforcement in “community policing.” Lastly, we need state-initiated legislative reform on assault weapons (such as AK-47 and AR-15s).