Let's Talk about what matters

I'm proudly running as a Democratic candidate for District 6, but to be honest with you, I don’t see most issues as being “left” or “right".

 

Liberal, Conservative, left, right—these are just words that people at the top use to divide us and make us think we’re playing on different teams.  But the truth is that we're all on the same team, and we're all worried about the same issues. Issues like better schools, better-paying jobs, and affordable healthcare. 

 

To build a bold and bright future, I will work to:

  • Ensure Full and Fair Funding for K-12 Public Education and Access to Higher Education.

  • Ensure Quality Employment Opportunities and Strong Local Economic Development Policies.

  • Ensure Access to Quality Health Care, especially for People with Preexisting Conditions, through Expanded Medicaid and Enhanced Rural Health Services.

 

Through this campaign, let's talk about the future of North Carolina and set a vision for the great things we can achieve together.  With YOUR help, we can lift every voice and make every vote count!

What Matters

to you?

As your representative in Raleigh, your priorities are Joe's priorities. Let Joe know what you care about and how he can best represent your interests and the interests of your community.

Education


Public schools bind us to one another as members of a shared community. Public education is a cornerstone of our democracy -- it gives our children the tools they need to grow up strong, smart, and ready to pursue their dreams. As an educator with 49 years of experience in education, I am dedicated to strengthening our public schools and making them priority one for the state budget. Every day, teachers in our community put in long hours and spend their own money to buy the basic supplies needed to teach. Teachers find time to grade papers and plan lessons long after the school day ends. Classrooms remain overcrowded across North Carolina, and without adequate funding from the state, budget cuts threaten the arts, physical education, and necessary classroom technology. It is time we stop asking teachers to do more with less. Our children deserve better. As a state senator, I will work every day to lift the voices of educators, parents, and all concerned North Carolinians to strengthen our public schools.




Economy


Economic Development and Quality Employment are issues that challenge us to work across partisan divides. As your State Senator, I will work hard on your behalf to:

  • Prepare a 21st-century ready workforce through well-funded vocational and job-readiness programs

  • Build an infrastructure of environmentally safe pipelines and highways connecting District 6 to the rest of NC and the nation

  • Ensure quick access to the Global Transpark in Kinston and the state ports in Wilmington and Morehead City

  • Support workers' rights to organize and make their voices heard across NC. An organized workforce benefits all laborers with better wages and working conditions




Healthcare


Access to quality healthcare is a right, not a privilege. As your State Senator, I will listen to the voices of medical professionals, patients, and families who recognize that good health is essential for a productive and happy life. In Raleigh, I will advocate to:

  • Protect and expand Medicaid to ensure everyone has access to care
  • Address our mental health crisis and ensure resources are available to battle the opioid epidemic
  • Strengthen Home Health and Hospice agencies with increased Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement rates to keep agencies operating and rural hospitals open




Protect the Vote


Elected officials should never be allowed to choose their voters-- it's that simple. When I get to Raleigh, I will defend your right to vote by:

  • Supporting the creation of an independent, nonpartisan commission for redistricting after the 2020 Census
  • Repealing restrictive voter ID laws that discriminate against the elderly, the poor, and minority voters
  • Restoring early voting on Sundays and extend the days and hours of voting to make sure every voice is heard




Our Military


Every day, I am humbled by the bravery and sacrifice of our service members and their families. As your State Senator, I promise to honor your sacrifice by working hard to make our community one you’re proud to call home. As your representative in Raleigh, I will:

  • Advocate for timely, quality access to mental health and substance abuse services for our veterans

  • Fight to bring well-paying jobs to Eastern North Carolina and ensure the availability of quality job-readiness-training for service members returning to civilian life

  • Pursue policies that expand access to affordable housing, disrupting cycles of homelessness among our veterans and their families




The Environment and Climate Change


The debate is over. The science is in. Climate change is a very real, very serious threat to our coastal way of life. With rising sea levels and warming ocean temperatures, hurricane season is growing longer, and the storms are getting stronger. We could choose to ignore the crisis until it's' too late -- but that's not who we are. We're doers. Fixers. Problem solvers.

As your State Senator, I'm going to roll up my sleeves and tackle the problem head on by:

  • Repealing the moratorium placed on the consideration of climate change factors when crafting public policy—we can’t solve the problem If we’re not willing to even talk about it

  • Making clean energy policies a cornerstone of small town and rural development by adopting tax incentive packages to encourage small business and farmers’ efforts to transition to low-cost, sustainable clean energy sources and supporting an Energy Freedom Act to allow the consumer the option to purchase electricity from renewable energy sources

  • Treating environmental issues as the public health crises they are. We’ve been told by our representatives in Raleigh that pollution is the cost of business with corporate partners in the state, but that’s just not true. Exposure to pollutants can cause chronic, painful health conditions such as asthma, emphysema, and even cancer --that's too high of a price to pay. I will support appropriately scaled regulation to make sure that corporate polluters are held accountable for their large-scale environmental impact on our coast and small-family owned farms receive tax incentives to adopt green and sustainable farming practices

  • Making North Carolina a national leader in the Green-Tech-Sector by supporting public and private research and innovation grants to foster the development of new clean energy technologies and industries throughout the state





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