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N.C. House (District 39)

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    Rhonda Allen
    (Rep)

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    Darren Jackson
    (Dem)

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    Martin Matuszewski
    (Lib)

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What are your top 2 priorities for action in the General Assembly? (40 words maximum)

Should the NC legislature take action to raise the state minimum wage and also promote pay equity across race and gender for the same job – or should these be left to businesses? (30 words maximum)

What is the best way to handle the redistricting process after the 2020 Census? (30 words maximum)

What are 2 priority actions for the state to improve K-12 public education? (30 words maximum)

Should NC municipalities have the authority to create police-community review boards with subpoena, investigative and disciplinary powers? (briefly respond in 15 words maximum)

Explain your position on off-shore drilling for North Carolina. (briefly respond in 15 words maximum)

Experience (35 words max) 30 years service with municipal local government - City of Raleigh; 1st Vice President of Wake County Republican Women's Club; Treasurer of East Wake Republican Club; State Leader of 16 chapters for a National Organization
3 favorite endorsements for this election Carrie Lightfoot, Wake County Republican Women's Club, North Carolina Right to Life PAC
I will protect/defend our Constitutional freedoms with special emphasis on the Second Amendment. Keep a watchful eye on infringement of any kind that restricts the rights of law abiding gun owners in this state. I am equally protective of traditional family values.
I do not believe it is the state's role to determine minimum wage or promote equity across race and gender. Business owners are in the best position to determine wages and pay according to duties and positions.
Appoint independent legal counsel tasked with drawing redistricting plan to be approved by the NC General Assembly.
Remove social engineering to include more transparency and parental involvement; Improve school safety by allowing staff/admin/parents to exercise their 2nd Amendment right to self defense on school property.
No.
I fully support our state's energy independence (exploration, safe processing, job creation, etc.).
Experience (35 words max) Currently serving my 5th term in the NC House.
3 favorite endorsements for this election NC League of Conservation Voters and the Sierra Club
Expand Medicaid to provide health care access for hundreds of thousands and boost North Carolina’s hospitals.

Raise NC teacher pay to the national average. Currently, we are $10,000 below the national average and below all of our neighboring states.
I support increasing the minimum wage and equal pay for equal work. The minimum wage has not gone up in a decade and everyone should get paid what they earn.
A non-partisan commission should draw the lines. Voters should pick politicians, not vice versa.
Increase per-pupil investment.

Raise teacher pay to the national average.
Towns should have authority to create police-community review boards to improve relationships between them and citizens.
I oppose off-shore drilling. The risk to our coastal environment and coastal tourism is too great.
Experience (35 words max) Outreach Director/President of YAL at NC State
Decimating civil asset forfeiture and ensuring greater school choice by supporting pro-school choice initiatives.

I know I was not asked my third choice, but ensuring economic fairness in NC is my third choice.
Minimum wages should only be raised if the raise is non-binding. The NC Legislature should not attempt to revive the Nullification Crisis by violating the Civil Rights Act which ended segregation.
Refer to a joint statement I participated in with fellow candidates here: http://bit.ly/2NZwfAt
Improving access to charter schools and improving the voucher program so long as the tuition of students benefiting from this program is less than what the state spends on the average public school student.
Only if these municipality review boards subpoena the officers in question, not the general public.
If it can be done without resulting in a 2nd Deepwater Horizon or GenX scandal, I am fine with it.