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NC State Senate District 34

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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  • Vickie Sawyer
    (Rep)

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    Barry Templeton
    (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 (704) 325-9259
email address NCSenate34@gmail.com
Position/philosophy statement Equal opportunity and treatment for every citizen.
Support of Medicaid expansion for North Carolina.
Public taxpayer dollars should not go to any kind of private school. There should be no such concept as vouchers.
I don't think politicians should boast about spending without being honest about where those tax dollars come from.
I don't have an answer but I believe that much of the violence stems from income inequality. Addressing this systemic issue would probably go further than efforts to move more towards a police state.