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N.C. Senate (District 40)

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    Bobbie Shields

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    Joyce Waddell

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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) Small Business Owner, Former Interim County Manager, Former County Assessor, Former County Engineer, Licensed Engineer, husband, father of three, long-time resident in NC Senate District 40.
Economic Development (including jobs, capital investments and infrastructure investments) and Education (including the relationship between education deficiencies and the criminal justice system) are my two top priorities.
The legislature has a role in assuring competitive wages for State employees. The private sector has the responsibility and market incentive to assure fair and equitable wages for its employees.
Abide by the "government of the people, by the people and for the people" ideal. Seek mutual trust and a common vision.
We must more effectively engage parents in the education of their children. If parental involvement is nonexistent or lacking, we must employ effective mentoring in addition to cultural awareness.
No, unless there is a clear need for such authority and no conflict with existing administrative and judicial processes.
I believe the technology is available to support off-shore drilling without irreparable damage to the environment.
Experience (35 words max) In 2009, I was elected to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education, District 3. I was re-elected in 2013 but decided to run for Senate to make a difference in the Charlotte community and state.
3 favorite endorsements for this election North Carolina Association of Educators; Lillian’s List; NC League of Conservation Voters
1. I support funding for public schools, increasing teacher and principal pay, and pre-k availability for all eligible students in the state. 2. North Carolina needs a strong, sound economy that promotes widespread growth to benefit families across the state.
Every worker deserves a fair, livable wage. I co-sponsored legislation to raise the minimum wage and ensure that women and men are paid equally for performing the same work.
North Carolina citizens should vote in an election that does not violate or infringe on the rights of voters. I support the creation of a nonpartisan, independent redistricting commission.
The state must provide adequate funding for public education and expand pre-k access for students. We must continue to raise teacher and administrator pay to attract and retain employees.
Cities may need to implement oversight laws to establish a balance of justice.
I don't support off-shore drilling, because the oil spill or seismic testing may harm coastal tourism and fishing industries.