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NC State Senate District 1

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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    Tess Judge
    (Dem)

  • Bob Steinburg
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

What do you see as your most important priority if you are elected? [Youtube video for this question or text or both].

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?

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?

Health care access and cost issues continue to be on the top of many voters' concerns. What are your views and priorities on how this should be addressed in the coming year?

Some environmental policies, regulations and monitoring are done by state government. Are there any changes to current policies and regulations that you will propose if elected.

Twitter @tess_for
Position/philosophy statement I believe we can do better, especially when it comes to access to healthcare, well-resourced public schools, and our workers and business leaders.
My top priority, if elected, is to work with other members of the General Assembly to restore trust in our state government, and to work to mitigate the chaos we have seen in our politics over the last several years. I’m running because I believe in expanding access to health care, reinvesting in our public education, protecting our land and water, expanding access to broadband, and protecting access to the ballot for all our citizens, but the way we get to those priorities is to build a government that works together, for all of us.
I believe we need to invest more in our public education, including by investing in our teachers. North Carolina used to be a leader in education- and now, we’re 40th out of 50 states when it comes to the share of our economy we invest in our public schools. That’s just wrong. If elected, I will work every day to ensure all of our children in Northeastern North Carolina have access to the same resources and access to the same bright future as their urban counterparts, which includes working to expand broadband access and working to train and retain the best and brightest teachers in our rural communities.
I believe we need to make sure the wealthy and big corporations pay their fair share of taxes, but we need to alleviate the tax burden on middle and low income families, who bear a disproportionate percentage of our tax burden. I would certainly support tax policies that help families, such as expanding the earned income tax credit, and I will work to ensure our rural areas get balanced support with their urban counterparts.
We already knew health care was a top concern for so many people in Northeastern North Carolina before this pandemic, but COVID19 has really thrown that into the spotlight even more. I believe one of our top priorities as a state should be to expand access to good, affordable health insurance to every North Carolinian, including by expanding Medicaid to close to 700,000 of our citizens. Additionally, I will support policies that will help our rural hospitals keep their doors open- they are critical points of care, but they are also critical parts of our rural economies, and we must protect them. Last, I believe we need to do more to treat mental health in this state, including substance abuse treatment. Too many of our communities struggle to find in-patient beds for patients in need, and that must change. We can do better.
I would make it crystal clear, from day one, that we will not have offshore drilling off the coast of North Carolina. Seismic testing and offshore drilling are too dangerous to risk, and our farming, fishing, and tourism economy here in Northeastern North Carolina depends on clean land and water. We must protect our land and water for future generations.
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