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N.C. House (District 40)

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  • Marilyn Avila
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    Joe John
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    David Ulmer
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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)

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Experience (35 words max) AB, MA, JD: UNC-CH; legal aid lawyer; prosecutor; law firm partner; District Court, Superior Court and Court of Appeals Judge; DMV Acting Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner; SBI Crime Lab Director; House District 40 Representative
3 favorite endorsements for this election NC League of Conservation Voters, NC NOW, Triangle Labor Council/NC AFL-CIO
Creating truly independent, impartial, non-partisan NC congressional, legislative and judicial redistricting commissions. I sponsored a bill to do so this year and will again.

Re-establishing non-partisan NC judicial elections.
One size does not fit all. Local governments should be authorized to set minimum wages within their jurisdictions.

Equal pay for equal work is both fair and right.

Establish a truly independent, impartial, non-partisan redistricting commission so NC voters will select their representatives instead of politicians selecting their voters as happens now.

Providing full pre-K funding for all eligible NC children.

Raising teacher pay and per pupil funding to at least the national average.

Yes, except imposition of discipline should be retained by the hiring authority, upon boards’ recommendations.

Opposed. The benefits of coastal tourism and fishing (commercial and recreational) must not be jeopardized.

Experience (35 words max) Graduate of Wake Forest University. Former officer United States Army. I earned an Associate degree in Telecommunications and Network Engineering from Wake Tech in 2003 and have 20 years of experience in Information Technology.
Expand North Carolina’s state-funded Education Savings Account program to cover more students. Eliminate or reduce state occupational licensing requirements that simply represent financial protection and do not perform a critical role in vital public safety.
No, the NCGA should not raise the minimum wage.
North Carolina should adopt an independent nonpartisan redistricting process. The process should be open and transparent. Draw districts based solely on population, compactness, and community boundaries. Districts should not be based on party or incumbency.
Public schools need greater flexibility and programs like “NC Restart” that allow public schools to operate like charters should be expanded. Parents should decide who educates their child.
Yes, however the details of any proposal are important.
Companies drilling off-shore should be required to have adequate levels of insurance against disaster.