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US House of Representatives District 11

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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  • Madison Cawthorn
    (Rep)

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    Moe Davis
    (Dem)

  • Tracey DeBruhl
    (Lib)

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    Tamara Zwinak
    (Grn)

Biographical Information

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

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?

Many voters are concerned about health care access and cost issues. What are your views and priorities on how this should be addressed in the coming year?

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

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Age (optional) 61
Contact Phone (828) 702-9420
email address info@moedavis.com
Twitter @ColMorrisDavis
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Position/philosophy statement It's always the right time to do the right thing.
The most important thing I’ll focus on in my first year is restoring integrity, ethics and honesty in Washington.

Several years ago, the Democrat and Republican co-chairs of the House Committee on Ethics invited me over for a meeting and asked if I was interested in becoming the Chief Counsel and Staff Director for the Committee. I told them that I had recently started a new job that I enjoyed and that paid the same as position with the Committee, but if they were really serious about cleaning up the House then I would be interested in helping them do it, but if not, I was happy with the job I already had. I never heard from them again. Things haven’t gotten better in the years since then. We literally have to get our House in order.

There are a lot of substantive policy issues I want to work on for the good of the folks in the district, but restoring public confidence in its elected representatives is a must to provide the solid foundation on which public policies rest.
Unemployment rates in the 17 counties in the district are low and on par with the country as a whole, but poverty in all but two counties far exceeds the national average. That shows you people are working, but they’re not earning a living.

I support increasing the minimum wage for the first time in nearly a dozen years to at least $15 per hour. That’s about $30,000 a year for full-time work. North Carolina ranks number two in the nation in solar power production and I will focus on bringing more alternative energy jobs to the region. It’s good that we are installing and using green technology like solar power and geothermal heating and cooling, but we ought to be manufacturing the hardware right here, too.

The Republicans are gutting support for alternative energy. I’ll fight to expand it and to target those efforts on high poverty areas where the jobs and the benefits of green technology will have the most bang for the buck.
North Carolina has the ninth highest uninsured rate in the country. That’s unacceptable, and it’s part of the reason why poverty is so persistent in Western North Carolina.

Healthcare is a fundamental human right. I support everyone having government funded healthcare with the option for individuals and families to buy supplements or separate plans if they choose to do so.

We spend twice as much per person on healthcare than other Western countries, yet we have millions with no coverage and scores that end up bankrupt because their insurance wasn’t as good as they thought it was.

I’d also support funding for a physician assistant program at Western Carolina where students would pay back the cost of their education by working in the district for a specified period of time. Physician assistants can work independent of a physician and could help make healthcare available in underserved areas around the district.
Investing in green energy and green technology will begin to reduce our carbon emissions as we work to limit temperature increases and calamitous climate change impacts that threaten our planet as well as our national security. That investment will help protect our precious Western North Carolina environment, which is critical to our economy, and help create jobs that pay well and lift workers out of poverty.

Green technology is good for employment, good for the environment, good for national security by making us totally energy independent, and good for the district. This is an area where we should be a world leader.
Age (optional) 40
Contact Phone (818) 279-6768
email address pheonixbruhl@gmail.com
Twitter @Tdebruhl
Position/philosophy statement No fancy speech! Just the most Experienced Community servant in the Race!
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Contact Phone (919) 214-4701
Twitter @ZwinakNC11
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Position/philosophy statement I am a candidate with a Green platform focused on Sustainability, Healthcare, Universal Basic Income, and Social Justice.
The most important policy or action that must be accomplished the first year is to manage the pandemic. The coronavirus has killed nearly 200,000 Americans of which nearly 50% are seniors; and Black and Brown people. Of those who have recovered, thousands still suffer from lingering symptoms that may leave them permanently disabled. Over 35 million people are unemployed, millions more are discouraged workers and only half of the unemployed receive unemployment insurance. My immediate plan is to manage the pandemic with Social Distancing, Mask Mandates, Rapid Testing with Immediate Results, a Safe and Effective vaccine available to all; production of PPE, medications and vaccines in the US; and testing of waste water in order to reopen schools and businesses safely.
The economic policies I will pursue to help Americans who are worried about their economic prospects in the coming years include protecting Social Security and Medicare for retirees and the disabled. During the pandemic it has become undeniable that Americans need a secure income not tied to employment, 35 million people became unemployed and 50% of those received UI. When I am elected, I will pass Universal Basic Income resulting in the elimination of the bloated patchwork of government programs that serve the poor, but do nothing to lift them out of poverty. Universal Basic Income can easily be funded by restructuring SSI and SSDI; and entitlement programs, saving trillions of dollars over the long-term. No one will loose income or benefits under my plan as we transition to UBI. We restructured government after September 11 and we can do it during the pandemic. It is also time to increase the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.
I have always supported universal healthcare coverage in order to ensure accessible and affordable healthcare. The Affordable Care Act is not affordable; premiums, co-pays and deductibles are too high. The IRS and the Department of Labor have no place in the business of healthcare or collecting a penalty. Young people cannot generate enough tax revenue to fund the subsidies while paying for their own insurance and living expenses. The ACA is not economically sustainable and during the pandemic, the situation has worsened with many people losing coverage. MedicareUSA is the plan I propose that will be available to everyone with a small monthly premium and co-pays to cover outpatient and inpatient care. Employers can opt into the plan or continue to provide their own coverage for employees. The average Medicare premium for a senior is $220 a month. With MedicareUSA seniors will transition into the plan with millions of Americans, lowering the cost of their premiums. Local communities need federal grants to ensure that public hospitals and clinics remain open in rural areas with competitive salaries to keep and attract doctors and nurses.
My economic policy is grounded in the concepts of sustainable development, as it was during my first campaign. The pandemic is the result of bad environmental policy including the impact on Black communities. Destruction of the rain forests and natural habitats, directly contributed to the pandemic. It is time to connect the dots and demand sustainable planning. My plan includes creating the U.S. Department of Sustainability to accomplish this goal within my first term in Congress. We need to be united if we are going to succeed at transitioning to sustainable communities that will reverse climate change and create enduring communities, without crashing the economy. My plan is aggressive and realistic. Too many towns have perished as soon as big business moves out, leaving a ghost town behind. We must build better communities, using local resources. We need to balance our economy so that if one business leaves, the community survives. We do this by supporting a thriving small business community where large business is embedded but not wedded to our economy. The pandemic has shown us a new way to connect without damaging the environment, however, we can't keep building server parks to process and store the massive flow of data. The use of disposable plastics is chocking our marine life and micro plastics are in the water we drink and food we eat. We must transition to more sustainable commercial packaging.