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NC State Senate District 11

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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  • Lisa Stone Barnes
    (Rep)

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    Allen Wellons
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

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 (919) 634-2021
email address info@wellonsfornc.com
Twitter @AllenWellonsNC
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Position/philosophy statement I am a common-sense leader with a record of public service. I know it is important to get things done. Voters want results, not political double talk.
The tax code does more than raise revenue for the state. Economic incentives guide us towards the society we collectively desire, such as home ownership, marriage, and higher education. Some of the programs in our tax code, like incentives, are useful tools to encourage new industries and higher-paying jobs. As long as our competitors are using these incentives, the state of North Carolina must maintain these tax and economic incentives to remain competitive domestically and globally. As chair of the Johnston County Economic Development Board, I used available economic incentives to bring thousands of high-paying jobs to our area. My initiative increased our tax base by more than two billion dollars which will bring millions in future tax revenue. North Carolina needs people in the State Senate that have experience in recruiting industries and know the value of good jobs for our families and communities. Returning the earned-income tax credit is a must.
I am running to make sure everyone in Johnston and Nash Counties feels safe in their homes and workplace. We are a society of laws, and we must act to prevent crime and violence. A spike in violent crime is a symptom of a systemic problem in our society. North Carolina must have thoughtful laws that both prevent crime and elevate our communities. In my last term in the Senate, I was recognized as the most effective advocate for women and children. I have a legislative track record of standing up for women, children, and vulnerable people in North Carolina. I chaired the study commission on domestic violence that recommended the first pro arrest policy for domestic abusers. On the Governor’s Crime Commission, I advocated and increased funding for all domestic violence programs in my district. I was instrumental in creating Harbor, Inc., a domestic violence prevention center that serves Johnston County. Also, I served as chair of Partnership for Children, a program promoting positive intervention and education for children from their earliest moments. As an attorney, I also know there are biases and discrimination in our criminal justice system. That is why I passed a law that required law