NC House of Representatives District 54
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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George T. Gilson, Jr.
Robert T. Reives II
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?
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?
Recently the legislature changed both the NC and US legislative districts. What are your views about drawing maps in 2021 when this will again need to occur?
To be Honest, Ethical, and Personally Accountable for and to the people of NC and the constituents of NC House 54.
Running a balanced budget, cutting unnecessary spending, and enacting a sensible Voter ID Law for NC. I also feel we need to immediately start looking for better ways to improve the educational system in NC by better funneling funding to the classrooms. Last but not least, I believe that we need to make sure that we promote and support growing jobs and the economy in NC.
I believe we should continue to look for ways to pay teachers a reasonable salary in order to attract better educators and retain the good ones we have , but at the same time better funnel federal, state, and local taxes and revenue from the NC Educational Lottery, Civil Penalties, Sales Taxes, the Highway Fund, and Surplus Sales down to the classroom level. I believe that we should continue to support and encourage a competitive school of choice system, where all are accountable for results.
I believe that health care costs are too high and not sustainable. I feel we should amend North Carolina's insurance codes to allow for small businesses and self-employed owners to band together and be treated as a large group insurance plan. I believe we should repeal the Certificate of Need in NC. I also believe that legislators should allow for optimum competition among insurance providers and pharmaceutical companies.
I believe that a non-partisan committee made up equally of both Republicans and Democrats should be formed with set rules and parameters, and should be utilized when redrawing maps so that gerrymandering does not and cannot occur. I think this needs to be put in place and enacted immediately in 2021.
The number one priority for any public servant should be to improve the lives of the people they represent, whether that's through robust investment in our education system, promoting legislation that respects the rights and dignity of every citizen, or protecting our green spaces and natural resources like Jordan Lake from pollution and other threats. My voting record reflects these values and will continue to if I'm re-elected.
Our budgets should reflect education as a priority, and recent budgets have failed to do so – we should increase teacher pay to the national average, empower local communities to make decisions about what works best for them regarding education, and be wary of attempts to privatize education or divert tax funds away from through unnecessary charter school funding or so-called vouchers. Measures allowing the state to take over struggling schools have been ineffective; there are other methods for righting the ship at these schools.
I am not satisfied with the current system for the delivery of healthcare, but there are numerous measures I support which would improve things. I supported the Medicaid expansion – that federal money would have come at no additional cost to North Carolina taxpayers, and I thought rejecting it was irresponsible.
I support establishing a nonpartisan redistricting commission. Voters should choose their representatives, not the other way around.
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