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NC House of Representatives District 114

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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    Susan C. Fisher
    (Dem)

  • Tim Hyatt
    (Rep)

  • Lyndon John Smith
    (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) 65
Contact Phone (828) 712-7711
email address susanfisherwnc@gmail.com
Twitter @SusanFisher114
Position/philosophy statement I am a grassroots candidate who believes in a community-based, people-powered approach to politics.
I was elected just before the Earned Income Tax Credit was passed in North Carolina, and have witnessed its demise under the current leadership in the General Assembly. We must bring this Reagan era policy back to NC to recognize the hardworking low income folks who are laboring under an economy skewed toward the wealthy in our state. I have either co-sponsored or introduced legislation every biennium to raise the minimum wage, to provide paid sick leave to our essential workers, including the ones who have been working on the front lines of the pandemic. My position is that we must attend to the workers in this state, the everyday people and families who are struggling to make ends meet in this economy that rewards the wealthiest corporations and people to the detriment of those struggling to make a living in North Carolina. Small businesses led the way out of the great recession and we need to recognize that and do all we can to help them recover in the post pandemic economy.
Yes. As the granddaughter of the first motorcycle policeman in Asheville who went on to be Captain of the Asheville Police Department, I have an appreciation for the work and the dangers that law enforcement officers face, but I have introduced and cosponsored legislation to make bodyworn camera footage more accessible particularly to decision makers who are hiring and firing law enforcement personnel. I believe we need stronger laws to guard against unnecessary restraint. We need to recognize and repair the harmful surroundings that foment racism in our communities and I have been proud of and support the efforts being made so far in Asheville and Buncombe County on that front. I favor more civilian involvement in review of law enforcement and their actions. I will continue to support policy that brings awareness to building positive community/police relations. So much of what we are seeing today is a continuation of the failure to recognize and eliminate racism in our communities. Violence is often related to mental health needs and I will continue to support policies to address mental health. The other issue that looms large in our communities is the prevalence of guns. I will continue to work toward gun safety and closing loopholes in gun control policy.
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