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NC House of Representatives District 109

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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  • Dana Bumgardner
    (Rep)

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    Susan Maxon
    (Dem)

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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?

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Contact Phone (704) 747-4561
Position/philosophy statement I am committed to serving the common good and striving for the best interests of the people of Gaston County and North Carolina.
I support a balanced approach to revenues, including income taxes, property taxes, sales taxes, and fees. Currently our state depends too heavily on sales taxes. Tax cuts and loopholes for corporations should be reversed so that corporations—which benefit from an educated, skilled workforce and publicly funded infrastructure—pay their fair share. I support a progressive income tax with modestly higher marginal tax rates for earnings above certain thresholds. I also support reinstating the earned-income tax credit to help alleviate the tax burden on working folks.
Much of the violence in our communities involves gun violence. The 2nd Amendment and safe, responsible, gun laws are not mutually exclusive. There are some common-sense laws we all can agree on that will keep us all safer while also protecting gun owner’s rights. Universal background checks should be expanded to include all firearm transfers. We need to keep guns out of the hands of people with a history of violence, domestic abuse, or severe mental health issues. Gun violence restraining orders can allow judges to take away guns from domestic abusers and other individuals that have exhibited threatening or dangerous behavior. There should be limits on assault-type weapons such as raising the age of purchase to 21 and banning modifications such as bump stocks. Responsible gun ownership also means safe storage to keep guns away from children. Community safety also includes being able trust the police. We need policies that promote supportive relationships between police and the communities they serve and that police can be held accountable by the community they are sworn to protect. Policies should include greater use of body cams and availability of those recordings, more training in de-escalation techniques, and a duty to intervene and report instances of excessive use of force or other abuse. We also need to recognize that in certain situations—for example, involving a mental health issue—alternative first responders may be more appropriate.