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NC House of Representatives District 29

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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    Vernetta Alston

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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?

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?

Contact Phone 919-7944
email address
Twitter @vernettaalston
Position/philosophy statement No matter who you are or where you come from, you deserve a safe place to live, a good job, and a fair chance to realize your potential.
Fundamental aspects of our democracy have been undermined by unconstitutional voting requirements, gerrymandering, and unethical policy-making by the GOP-led majority. We have to continue to address these fundamental failings.

My priorities include protecting our communities of color from bias inherent in our criminal justice system, progressive housing policies that protect renters and promote affordable housing, clean energy and equitable access to clean energy resources through sound transportation policies, and putting workers first through unemployment insurance reform and livable wages for all workers.
The quality of a person’s education impacts them and their families for generations. Our educators are workers and all workers deserve to be treated fairly. We must fund infrastructure needs across the state, promote energy efficiency in schools, raise teacher pay, increase per-pupil expenditures, incentivize fair wages and proper training for early childcare workers, expand tuition equity to undocumented students, adequately fund our HBCUs.
Every human being deserves access to affordable, accessible, and effective healthcare. Medicaid expansion is critical to our ability to provide low-income North Carolinians with healthcare they need and deserve. We can leverage state and federal resources to improve other aspects of our healthcare system, combat rising healthcare costs that our residents are forced to bear, prevent restrictions to reproductive rights and support comprehensive and affordable healthcare resources for LGBTQ individuals.

Our maps should be redrawn by an independent body that must prioritize ethics and protection of every person's right to participate meaningfully in their democracy.