Vetting interview with Chip Hughes, Republican Candidate for Craven County Sheriff

Vetting interview with Chip Hughes, Republican
Candidate for Craven County Sheriff
Chip Hughes filled in the answers to the questions himself.
1.  How do you want to be contacted? 

2.  Your educational background, experience anddemonstrations of leadership?


Graduated from New Bern Senior High School
Attended University of Maryland
Completed US Air Force Basic Training
Completed US Air Force Office of Special Investigations
Training (OSI)
Completed Basic Law Enforcement Training at CCC
Completed NC State Highway Patrol Training Academy
Basic School
Completed First Line Supervision School with NC State
Highway Patrol
Completed the Administrative Officers Management
Program (AOMP)
Completed NC Law Enforcement General Instructors School
Completed NC Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors School
Completed Basic Accident Reconstruction Course
Completed Advanced Accident Reconstruction Course
Awarded Intermediate and Advanced NC Law Enforcement

3.  Memberships and associations?


Chairman, Governor Pat McCrory’s Task Force on Safer Schools
– Governors Crime Commission (2013 – 2016)
– Coastal Carolina Taxpayers Association
– National Criminal Enforcement Association
– Twin Rivers YMCA Board of Directors (2012 -2014)
– Board of Directors, Craven Community College Foundation
(2011 – 2016)
– Vice-Chairman, Craven County ABC Board of Directors
– Board Member, Highway 17 Association (2009 – 2014)
– Commissioner, Town of Trent Woods (2009 – 2013)
– Board of Directors, Coastal Carolina Regional Airport Authority (2010-2012)
  Member, National Sheriff’s Association
– Member, North Carolina Sheriff’s Association
– Constitutional Sheriff’s and Peace Officers Association
– Member, National Criminal Interdiction Association
– Member, North Carolina Internal Affairs Officer’s Association
– Member, Latitude Church

4.  Why are you running for this office?


This is not something I decided to do overnight or at random.
This is something I have been planning for the last 25 years of
my career. I am running for sheriff to continue my commitment to Craven County and put in place the modern law enforcement practices needed to address the growing public safety issues
facing the Sheriff’s Office.  As a modern law enforcement leader, I will institute best practices in the areas of operations, program management, homeland security and allocation of resources not for the sake of change, but to make the work environment safer for deputies, and to make our citizens safer.
5.  As a representative of Coastal North Carolina, what is your 
stance on regulation of recreational andcommercial fishing?
I certainly support our commercial fisherman and I have enjoyed
fishing and the natural resources of our county and state all of my life. I do not support large government and excessive regulations.
However, I do believe that a common sense approach to protecting
and safeguarding our natural resources is important.

6.  Would you support a ban on Sharia Law or any other foreign   law in America? 


Yes, I am opposed to any foreign law in the USA!

7.  What place does God have in public schools? 
I am a Christian and our children have the right to pray at school,
talk about God in assignments, start a religious club on campus that receives the same rights and resources as other clubs, and freely share their faith with others.

8.  Should high school students be taught our founding  history and the details of the U.S. Constitution?  


Yes, Absolutely!

9.  Would you support a law to remove requirements for 
“Certificate Of Need”?
10.  What is your position  on gun registration, gun free zones, and concealed carry laws? 
The Second Amendment gives people the right to bear arms. I firmly believe that individuals have the right to defend themselves.
Gun ownership isn’t just constitutionally protected, it actually reflects the spirit of the American Revolution. I think “gun free zones” are inviting to those that wish to bring harm to the citizenry, I disagree with them.  Lifelong member of the NRA.
11.   Do you support border security, including the wall, and better control of immigration? 
Yes to all.

12.   Do you support picture ID requirements for voting? 



13.  What is your view on nullification and interposition?


I believe the states have the final authority to determine the

limits of the power of the government.

14.   If elected, what is your number one priority?


The heroin and opioid epidemic that is taking so many lives.  Aggressively going after those criminals that have been distributing narcotics freely in our county for so long.


The following are two additional questions asked of  candidates for the office of SHERIFF only…                

1.  If ordered by the Federal government, would you seize guns from citizens of your county, and if not, what actions would you take?


As an elected official (Sheriff) is the ultimate protector of the people

providing a check and balance locally for any state or federal agency that may infringe the constitutional rights of the people.


The second Amendment declares in no uncertain terms that Americans have a right, and a duty to possess the means for their personal defense of themselves, their families and property, and

their liberties. I will not allow the arrest of our citizens or seizure of persons or property without first be notified and obtaining the

express consent from my office (your Sheriff). So, no I will not take orders by the Federal government to seize guns from the law abiding citizens in our county.

 2.  Where do you stand on training and arming teachers who volunteer? 
As stated above, every law abiding citizen has the right to protect themselves, their family and property. However, before I would agree to arming civilians in our schools there would need to be extensive training in a multitude of different areas. I understand that we have some legislatures looking into this and it is my hope that they consult extensively with law enforcement officials prior to passing any legislation.

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