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US House of Representatives District 7

Each state receives representation in the US House of Representatives in proportion to the size of its population but is entitled to at least one representative. There are currently 435 representatives, a number fixed by law since 1911. NC has 13 members of the US House. The House shares with the Senate responsibility for all lawmaking within the United States. For an act of Congress to be valid, both houses must approve an identical document. Each representative serves a two-year term. There are no term limits.

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    Terri Everett (write-in)
    (Unaf)

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    Christopher M. Ward
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

1. Upon election, what do you think is most important policy or action for you to accomplish in your first year?

2. Employment, income security and economic growth are always of concern to voters. If elected, what economic policies will you pursue to help Americans who are worried about their economic prospects in the coming years?

3. We have become politically polarized, particularly at the national level. Do you have any suggestions or actions you will bring to your role in Congress to address this?

4. Environmental policy has been a flashpoint recently. Are there any environmental policies that you will prioritize and bring forward legislatively if you are elected?

Contact Phone (910) 294-0608
Twitter @TerriEverett17
Position/philosophy statement My Vision: A Unified District that serves as a Model of Prosperity, Hope, and Stewardship. My Mission: Be A Powerful, Consistent Voice in Washington.
Improve the Quality of Life for District 7 residents, which encompasses food security; income equality; living wages; health equity; and the ability to find housing that is affordable. It means lower prescription drug costs. Ultimately, quality of life is about the inherent right of every human being to live their lives with dignity. I will work hard to make that difference! I will support legislation that addresses quality of life issues for Frontline Essential Workers; Teachers; Active Duty Military and Veterans; Small Farmers; Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs; and First Responders. I will FEED (Fund, Empower, Encourage, Defend) common-sense initiatives that mitigate these challenges. A related goal is to elevate all Counties in District 7 to Tier 3 status by encouraging investment and supporting initiatives that lower the unemployment rate and increase median household income.
Employment, income security, and economic growth have all been adversely impacted by COVID. High unemployment rates, along with the corresponding loss of income, resulted in a weaker economy. Major industries that contribute to our GDP are closing, going bankrupt, or minimizing operations. Although we have not yet seen the full economic impact of this pandemic, I will look to reduce Government spending by assessing duplicative programs or those that are no longer relevant given the new Post-COVID norm. I will support legislation that results in empowerment and self-sufficiency for Small Farmers, Small Businesses, Start-Ups, and Entrepreneurs. They are the backbone of our economy and are on the critical path to creating a strong economy. I support bi-partisan legislation called for in "America's New Business Plan". I will be a strong advocate for education, training, and job opportunities, especially in the technology sector, to strengthen our nation's capabilities in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) disciplines.
I am committed to working together with members of both parties to enact legislation that is beneficial to our District and to our State. I believe the values and democratic principles that unite us are much greater than the issues that divide us. The District 7 Representative in Washington has to be above partisan politics and do what's best for her constituents. Interpersonal; negotiation; and conflict resolution skills are critical when working with colleagues who have opposing views. I have extensive experience negotiating on behalf of the US Government; I have demonstrated an ability to work with others to find collaborative solutions to common issues. I will use my experience and skills to reach across the aisle to cooperate and compromise with my peers in the US House. I will seek consensus and find common ground on legislation that strengthens our District and State, and brings us together as a nation.
In District 7 we face environmental challenges to clean air and potable water. Toxic chemicals like Gen-X and PFAS contaminate the water in our homes and schools. These chemicals can be distributed through streams, rivers, and other tributaries; seep into the soil; and endanger crops, fish; livestock; and ultimately the health of District 7 residents when we consume the food produced from these crops. Hurricanes are increasingly more intense and wreak havoc on our coastal and inland communities, and on our farms. Climate change is a reality. Plastics in our oceans threaten marine life and their habitats. I will collaborate with other members of Congress to pass bi-partisan legislation like the Save our Seas Act. And I will defend and fund agencies and other entities that are responsible for developing programs and policies that nurture and maintain a safe and healthy environment.
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Age (optional) 47
Contact Phone (910) 653-1082
Twitter @wardcongress
Position/philosophy statement To serve the people of SE NC. As your Congressman I will represent the people of NC and not big money, special interests, or corporations.
We must get the Covid 19 pandemic under control. Other countries have done it with increased testing, tracing, and quarantines. We must limit the spread. The economic impact has also been devastating. People have rent and mortgages to pay. We must get the economy back on track. The primary function of government is to protect its citizens. We must stop the spread and help those that are struggling. The government must provide a lifeline to everyday working-class Americans that are battling this pandemic and seeing their livelihoods destroyed. We have bailed out Wall Street, now we must help Main St.

My focus will be on the people of NC. They want jobs and increased wages. I want to partner with local and state officials to recruit new industry to the area and see what existing businesses need to grow and prosper. We can bring high paying wages to NC.

They want affordable and accessible healthcare. No one should have to win the lottery or go bankrupt to pay for healthcare. Pre-existing conditions must be protected.

I believe education is the great equalizer. A farm boy from Tabor City, NC can grow up and get a Nuclear Engineering degree and start a successful business and run for Congress (and hopefully win). I owe a lot to NC, that is why I am running. I am a product of its people, schools, values, heritage, work ethic, churches, and so much more. If we provide people with the opportunity to grow and succeed, we can lift people out of poverty, provide good paying jobs, and the community grows and prospers. We can attract industry and businesses that will fuel growth in the area by training and educating workers.
The nation is so polarized. I have spoken to many people over the past few months, and some when I say I am a Democrat refuse to even listen. I would encourage both sides to listen. If you never change your mind, if you never have a change of heart, then I believe you are doing yourself an injustice. If you listen for the whole purpose of just responding, then you are not listening. I am a Democrat now, but I am a former Republican. I believe in hard work and an honest day's pay for an honest day’s work. The rich keep getting richer, and the poor and middle class remain stagnant. Why is healthcare for all such a polarizing issue? We live in the richest, greatest nation on Earth. We can afford it. We must prioritize how we spend our citizens money. The capital and labor divide is great. Capital is exploiting labor and government must do more to protect its citizens.
Trump is no friend of the environment. He has basically tried to undo everything Obama and the last 50 years of law has tried to protect. He wants to open ANWAR to drilling, he wants to roll back water conservation regulations, he wants to maximize corporate profit over environmental protections

I want to ensure there is federal funding for years to come for beach renourishment at areas such as Wrightsville, Carolina, and Kure beaches.

I want to open a federal investigation into Chemours and the toxic chemicals including Gen-X that have been dumped in the Cape Fear River. I will partner with state officials to make sure this does not happen again.

I would vote no to any offshore drilling off the coast of NC. We cannot allow another Deepwater Horizon oil spill like the one that occurred in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010