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NC State Senate District 37

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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    Jeff Jackson
    (Dem)

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    Sonja P. Nichols
    (Rep)

  • Jeff Scott
    (Lib)

Biographical Information

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?

Age (optional) 37
Contact Phone (980) 275-2974
Twitter @JeffJacksonNC
Position/philosophy statement Be and honest and decent person.
Our state zeroed out its earned income tax credit several years ago. That was a mistake. I believe reviving it could be a bipartisan effort to help working families make ends meet.
Take a comprehensive approach. 90% of our juvenile delinquents are functionally illiterate, so we should focus more on early childhood education and K-3. We should increase funding for social workers and school psychologists. There isn't one simple lever to pull here. If you're interested in a more just and peaceful community, you have to do your best to improve economic conditions, mental health access, and health care access. As a former prosecutor, I don't think building more prisons is the answer.
Age (optional) 55
Contact Phone (704) 804-1361
email address sonja@sonjaforsenate.com
Twitter @SonjaforSenate
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Position/philosophy statement As a candidate for the NC Senate, I will rely on my strong values and unique skills to better the lives of all citizens in Mecklenburg County.
Covid-19 has been devastating for so many of our citizens. The tremendous burden that must be endured by our families can only weigh more heavily on the hearts and minds of our Governor and those in The General Assembly.

What I have learned is that we, as a state, must continue to support a fiscal policy plan that allowed us to have a rainy day fund that we could count on to support any financial needs we would have. Like right now.

We will need to immediately evaluate and shift our spending priorities. We will definitely have reduced revenue because of the prolonged shutdown. We should not institute any new spending and cut all unnecessary expenditures for the time being.

I don’t think we should raise taxes on workers right now. I don’t think we should raise taxes on small businesses right now.
While I support some level of police reforms, I do not support defunding the police on a local or state level. I do not support reduced funding of police agencies on a local or state level.

Throughout its history, I believe the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) has worked hard to build and maintain relationships with all segments of the Charlotte community and continues to do so.

Despite these efforts, as in many communities across the nation, Charlotte suffers from a painful history of race relations and perceived injustices, not only at the hands of the police, but also throughout the economic and social construct of the city. It is clear that these perceived injustices continue to inform how some community members feel about the City and the CMPD. Unfortunately, with each protest and riot, it is apparent our city has not healed.

While the CMPD cannot solve all the past and present injustices in Charlotte, they can work with the community to ease tensions and continue to support a safe and just Charlotte.

I agree with the Police Foundation's recommendation that in order to repair the relationship between the CMPD and the community—particularly among individuals of color—the City administration, the City Manager, the CMPD, and community leaders must commit to sharing the responsibility of restoring police legitimacy through active listening, constructive dialogue, increased transparency, accountability, and engagement.
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