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N.C. House (District 8)

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    Brenda Letchworth Smith

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    Kandie D. Smith

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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, Human Resources Professional, Sales (Sprint Directory Sales Masters Club), passionate advocate of volunteering (Pitt County Sheriff Department Citizens on patrol, Guardian ad item, Schools in Pitt, Edgecombe and Carteret counties)
School Safety – Parents should be able to send children to school with expectation of them returning home unharmed.

Economic Development - District 8 is in need of economic development. I will support efforts to develop existing resources within District 8.
Set a $10 minimum wage. Then let supply and demand determine market value of labor.
A bipartisan committee with equal Democrats and Republicans plus one non-partisan to determine the redistricting.
Adequate funding for classroom supplies and technology.

Programs such as “Teaching Fellows” to attract and retain highly qualified teachers.
No. The internal review process in place works, review boards are not needed.
To become energy independent we have to explore oil and gas. The exploration must be monitored.
Experience (35 words max) Kandie Smith is a 5 term city council representative in Greenville, NC where she serves District One. She is the first African American Female Mayor of the City of Greenville. She serves on two national commissions and numerous other boards.
3 favorite endorsements for this election Lillian’s List, Planned Parenthood and Equality NC
Criminal Justice Reform- to reform our mandatory sentencing laws and fight for transparency and openness with our processes. Economic Development- create a stronger economy by working to ensure that our state is ripe for job creation and growth.
The NC Legislature should take action in ensuring that everyone has the potential for livable wages to take care of their families. Raising the minimum wage and pay equity across race and gender is a start.
Remove it from the state level and federalize it so that it can be equally applied by a nonpartisan commission with an open and transparent process involving the community.
Developing outstanding, qualified K-12 teachers in science and mathematics. To work on increasing teacher pay and resources to allow them the opportunity to do an effective job.
Yes, with subpoena & investigative powers. Disciplinary power should be given to a separate entity.
It poses a risk to the eco system, commercial fishermen and tourism industry.