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N.C. House (District 20)

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    Leslie Cohen

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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) I'm an activist, an artist, a mom, and a small business owner.
3 favorite endorsements for this election Sierra Club; Equality NC; Planned Parenthood
My absolute top priority is to pass a Constitutional Amendment changing the way our election maps are drawn. This will fix the political gridlock crippling our legislature and allow for GenX cleanup, education funding, and restoring film incentives.
Businesses cannot be trusted. Their legacy of discrimination has kept people of color and women from fairly advancing. A robust minimum wage is critical to level the playing field.
I believe we need a NC constitutional amendment modeled on successful policies in other states that use only nonpartisan and non-race based criteria. This is critical.
Our students cannot thrive without adequate funding (for material, paraprofessionals, smaller classrooms, and teacher recruiting and retention), and universal pre-Kindergarten for a healthy start.
Absolutely. Transparency builds trust. We must abolish the “blue code” and hold police accountable.
No drilling, ever. Clean/green is key to energy independence and a strong North Carolina.
Experience (35 words max) 15 year Army veteran; 2006 graduate of Northern Illinois College of Law; 1988 Masters of Science in Systems Management from the University of Southern California; 1982 graduate of West Point
To continue to improve educational opportunities for our children.

To continue to improve the monitoring of the water quality in our rivers and streams across the state.
State law already prohibits discrimination on the basis of race and gender.

I do not favor the legislature taking action to raise the minimum wage.
It is the job of the NC Legislature and always has been.
Continue to increase teacher pay and reward those that are doing the most for our children.
I do not see the need for offshore drilling at this time.