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NC House of Representatives District 49

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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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?

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) 66
Contact Phone (919) 733-5860
email address
Twitter @CynthiaforNC
Position/philosophy statement Greater early childhood, public education & community investments, affordable healthcare, safety & equity for the marginalized, end to systemic racism
Working to ensure and invest in a sound, basic education for all, with equitable and inclusive policies.
We must establish policies that develop or re-allocate resources to ensure a sound, basic education for ALL people in our state. We should follow the road map presented in response to the Leandro ruling, as outlined in HB1129 and H1130.
Our tax policies should ensure that ALL families, especially working families and marginalized populations, are assured of productive and healthy lives. Huge tax cuts and corporate incentives have left too many without a sound, basic education, affordable housing and healthcare, and a fair and equitable chance to progress. We need to reinstate the EITC.
Yes. We should ensure that all people, no matter their zip code or racial/ethnic/gender identity, are guaranteed the best education, safety and equity in their homes and jobs, and protections from a system that has all too often used aggressive law enforcement and incarceration rather than early childhood and community interventions. This is a critical time in our state and our nation when we MUST develop innovative policy changes with courage and humanity, so we can heal, lift up, and truly equalize the opportunities for a safe, productive and full life for all North Carolinians.
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Age (optional) 47
Contact Phone (919) 380-1365
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Twitter @ElectDeeWatson
Position/philosophy statement More freedom for parents to choose what is best for their children, more opportunities for all people to determine how to improve their lives.
North Carolina currently has state funded Educational Savings Accounts (ESA) for students with disabilities. This is an excellent program that removes financial barriers and allows parents to find the best school fit for their child. Unfortunately, the program is underfunded, and not enough children qualify.

I am committed to giving every parent the opportunity to make their school choice available. Millions of North Carolinians pay taxes in order to educate the next generation. The money is allocated for each child and should follow the child wherever they go to school. The colloquial term for this is backpack funding (the money allocated for the child stays with the child). I would like this program greatly expanded for all North Carolinian children. The following modifications should occur:

1. All children should be eligible

2. Permit any unspent funds for low- and middle-income students to be deposited in a 529 savings account to offset the cost of postsecondary education and training

3. Funding should be appropriated directly from its source on a weighted-student-funding basis.

4. The annual capital funding fee ($750 per year) should be included in the student’s allotment.

This would determine the annual per student allocation. Children attending public or charter schools should be allocated the funds based on the percentage of school days the child was enrolled at the school.
The economic downturn due to Covid-19 restrictions has devastated many families. Politicians have asked people to prioritize health concerns over economic ones. Many professions were made illegal for months and many others saw reduced pay. Self-employed people who are paid on a 1099 were devastated. Another consequence is a decrease in revenue for the State of North Carolina. Education is currently 58% of the North Carolina budget, and families who have been hit so hard by this economic downturn should not be asked to give more in taxes or new bonds. We have all been hit by the economic consequences of the shutdown, and this is an excellent time for educators to lead the way in finding more cost-effective ways to use tax dollars. We are all in this together.

Corporate subsidies sound like a good idea at first glance, but the government should never give one corporation an advantage over another. This hinders the free-market and harms the local businesses that have been with us all along.

The NC standard deduction is much lower than the federal. I would be in favor of increasing the standard deduction so more low-income families in NC would pay no state tax and low-income families who make more than the standard deduction would have a greater portion of their income tax-free.
Many communities work hand in hand with law enforcement to create a safe low crime environment for all, however that is not the situation everywhere, and those places must self-reflect on what has caused the disharmonious environment. Each community must create an environment with transparency, accountability, compassion and equity. Some of the steps to accomplishing this are:

1. Any ticket issued for a fixable offense (broken headlight, property code violation etc.) should not be levied if the offense is fixed within 21 days

2. Civil asset forfeiture needs to end in North Carolina; if a person is not found guilty of a crime then their goods need to be returned in a timely fashion

3. Access to body camera footage and investigation needs to occur with transparency and civilian oversite

4. Decriminalize victimless “Crimes”

5. No-knock raids are inherently dangerous for all people involved and we need to make them illegal in North Carolina

6. Outlaw qualified immunity in North Carolina and hold public employees and politicians to the same standards that they hold other