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N.C. Senate (District 15)

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    Jay J. Chaudhuri
    (Dem)

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    Brian Lewis
    (Lib)

  • Alan David Michael
    (Rep)

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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) Senior Counsel to State Treasurer Janet Cowell & Attorney General Cooper.
First, we must invest more in public education and raise teacher pay. Second, we must build an economy that works for all North Carolina, including making community college free for responsible students.
The legislature should raise the state minimum wage and promote equal pay for equal work.
The General Assembly should establish an Independent Redistricting Commission that would save our State millions of dollars in litigation, better reflect the voters' will, and give voters greater confidence in our political system.
First, I would expand access to early childhood education, including doubling funding to support our youngest children who need it the most. Second, we must raise teacher pay to the national average within the next five years.
Yes, municipalities should have such authority provided the board reflects appropriate stakeholders and commands trust from the public.
I oppose off-shore oil drilling. Such drilling forgets the economic, environmental, and public health disaster of BP Deepwater Horizon.
Experience (35 words max) My activism on environmental issues drew me into a life of political activity. Today my time is best spent sharing knowledge and empowering people with it.
Bringing common sense to the State's approach on environmental concerns by ending close knit corporate relationships. Fighting for Parents to have more say in their Children's education and ensuring that our front line Educators are first to be paid, not the last.
Stronger wages are a consequence of strong economic conditions and an educated workforce. I do not support this goal being achieved through the State Legislature but rather through Organized Labor negotiations.
Redistricting must be open and transparent, conducted by an independent, nonpartisan agency for all local, state, and federal districts and should involve significant public input.
We spend >$12,500 per pupil K-12 yearly. A classroom of 20 children cost taxpayers >$250k, yet front line Educators see only $50k of this. Better pay and budget accountability.
Yes. Accountability is critical when granting authority over anyone. Abuse is inevitable without it.
Bonded and insured companies should be permitted to extract resources without government subsidies.
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