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Greg Holt Answers CCTA Vetting Questions

Candidate Vetting Questions for 2019
Special Election to choose a member of the US House for 3rd District
Interview by Internet questionnaire


Candidate’s name: Greg Holt

Interview date: June 1, 2109

Party affiliation: Constitution

Phone: 252-474-9114

Email: greg@gregholtforcongress.com

Postal address: 2021 HWY 17 N, New Bern, NC 28560

1) Who or what gives individual citizens their rights?

Our rights are given to us by our creator.

2) What position does the U.S. Constitution have in your view of Federal legislation?

The federal government was formed only to protect our borders and collect tariffs, not to legislate to an individual state.

3) How do you view the idea of the various states’ using the concepts of “nullification” and “interposition” when in those states’ view, the Federal government has overreached the powers given it by the states’ ratification of the U.S. Constitution?

In my view the states are well withh in their rights to nullify any overreach of power by the federal government.

4) What is the Federal government’s role in the education of U.S. Citizens?

The federal government should not  have any role in our schools at all, secretary of education and that branch should be done away with. We have great teachers that deserve better pay in many instances.  The pay to administration cost should e seriously evaluated.  Look at that and you can find a lot of teacher raises right there.

5) How should the Federal government’s budget be handled?

Question every single expenditure.  Vote on all line items individually.  Attached amendments voted item by item.   Make sure they are necessary and they are items that should be covered within our Constitution.
6) What is your view of the Federal government’s passing unfunded mandates which the states must fund and implement?

The federal government is overstepping their authority when they do this.  It is like the countries round the world are  telling us we must be paying in on climate control.   it is our country, we decide, not them.  So goes it with our states rights i relation to the federal government, do not mandate to the states or force implementation.

7) What is your opinion of NC’s proposed HB-184 which would prevent NC Treasurer, Dale Folwell from implementing his plan to make the medical charges made to the State Health Plan transparent (to the plan itself and to the beneficiaries of the plan for their co-payments), and to establish a reimbursement by the plan to health care providers equal to the average reimbursement by Medicare plus 82%?

Mr. Folwell’s plan should be implemented.  Medical expense charges  should be simple and transparent.  Something is wrong when payments to the state health care plan can not be seen.

8) Should any changes be made to how the Electoral College is used, and if so, what changes should be made?

No.  The system is working the way it should.  The smaller states need protection from the large masses in consolidated areas.  California and New York can not run our entire country.  It is set up for that reason.  We are supposed to be a representative government.

9) Upon election, what is your top priority?

Locally make sure our District 3 Office is operating with a full staff.  Have Glenn Batten, former Deputy Director of Veterans Affairs for N.C. take over issues for the 70,000 veterans in our District.  Our fellow citizens need a place to get answers.  Open one small office in Jacksonville (part time) and an office in Elizabeth City (part time)..  This way folks can get help without driving long distances.  My job is to represent and care for our fellow citizens.  Work with law enforcement to see how we can assist at the federal level to fight our massive drug problem.  Vote for border security and securing our ports  I will vote for what the majority of our district has voted for, and vote against what our district does not want, anyway to help our District 3.   I will work to get it done.

10) What are your beliefs regarding the foreign nationals who cross our borders illegally?

All entry into our country should be done by the legal process already in place.  Follow the Rule of Law.  I have immigrant friends here.  They have become great productive citizens.  They have come to our country for a better life and they have achieved that.  They are now citizens, just as my wife and her sister and my niece are citizens.  We used the legal process.  The cost of the process should be reduced, but it should be followed.

11) What is the role of government regarding impoverished citizens?

As a child coming up many people helped our family.  Later on in life, we helped others as we did better ourselves.  Friends, churches, non-profit organizations all from local or county or state can come together to help the less fortunate BUT the federal government has no role in this at all.

12) How can the government provide an atmosphere in which businesses can thrive?

Move aside and GET OUT OF THE WAY.  You cannot legislate food business, but you can destroy good business.  Look at the government’s success with business, postal service, health care.  Need I say more?  Keep removing regulations that are not needed.

13) Are our U.S. laws on immigration adequate, and if not, how should they be changed?

Yes they are adequate.  Just let them carry out what they are charged to do.  ICE agents, policemen, and judges should carry out their duties.

13) Do you think E-Verify should be universally used by all employers? And, if so, what should be the consequence of non-compliance?

Yes.  It is a way to make sure the companies are staying within the law and workers are here legally.  People in these companies hiring illegal workers should be fined and imprisoned.

14) Does the Federal government over-regulate commercial fishermen, under-regulate them, or is Federal regulation of commercial fishing about right?

Many issues related to our federal government are regulated by our sate legislature.  Many committees have bills and amendments before them and do not bother to hear the fishermen’s points.  They push the votes through saying they have not time to hear arguments of the fishermen.  That is sad.  Many of the committee members are not even from our coastal areas.  Many are representative are from inland districts, with their offices full of lobbyists.  Federal responsibility is more dredging and navigation and keeping environmental extremist from claiming more endangered species.  We should tax all fish being dumped into our markets at very low prices.  Our labor cost can not compete with 25 cents an hour labor.  Make their cost comparable to ours and our quality will win out every time, thus protecting our fishermen..  

15) Should Sharia Law or any foreign law have any force in any part of the USA?

Absolutely not!  Furthermore, There should be no Muslims in our Congress.

16) Do you believe our country’s southern border should be secured by a wall?

Whatever needs to be done to secure our borders should be done!  Troops, drones, walls, and  all types of surveillance should be used.  There are some dangerous people coming over hose borders threatening our safety.  we are 23 Trillion dollars in debt, we cannot continue the overloading of our welfare system.  So for safety, financial and the rule of law stand up America!

17) What would cause you to call for bringing impeachment charges against a judge?

Failure to make decisions based on the Constitution.  Stepping out on his own to legislate from the bench.  That is wrong !  Voter ID is a great example of a judge overstepping for political reasons.

18) What are your beliefs about Federal gun laws?

I will go back to our Constitution on our rights to  have guns.  I do not like the executive order banning bump stocks.

19) What is your position on sanctuary cities and illegal immigration?

All funds from the state or federal governments should b cut off.  The mayor should be held accountable.  Illegal immigration is breaking our laws.  If you are the mayor aiding a person breaking our laws, you should be punished too.

20) What are your thoughts on subsidies for farmers and regulations on farmers?

Subsidies are like putting a band-aid over a bigger problem.  It will make it feel better for a little bit.  We need to get thru the trade wars with China.  This is hurting us right now.  I respect that our President is fighting China on the dirty tactics that they use.  I do not think our farmers are wanting checks to come in from the US government, they want to trade and get a fair price and provide for their families.  Cut regulations!  It is hard to compete against 25 cents and hour wages.  Let’s look to get a permanent solution on helping the hard working mean and women on our farms.

 

Greg Murphy answers CCTA Vetting Questions

Candidate’s name: Greg Murphy
Interview date: 4/4/19
Party affiliation: Republican
Phone: 252-341-1568
Email: gregmurphymd@gmail.com
Postal address: PO Box 1131 Greenville, NC 27835
1) Who or what gives individual citizens their rights? God
2) What position does the U.S. Constitution have in your view of Federal legislation?
The Constitution is the law of the land and no legislation should violate the tenets of the
Constitution.
3) How do you view the idea of the various states’ using the concepts of “nullification”
and “interposition” when in those states’ view, the Federal government has overreached
the powers given it by the states’ ratification of the U.S. Constitution? I fully support
states having the right to exercise both options, but it would have to be an extreme
example of the federal government overreaching its power to move toward either. I
would be more apt to support interposition as it involves multiple states and would in
theory make sure that this serious act was given due consideration since multiple states
were taking the steps.
4) What is the Federal government’s role in the education of U.S. Citizens?
Although the Federal government currently has a large role in education, I would
support the abolishment of the Department of Education and move toward shifting all
power pertaining to education be moved to the states and local governments. Not only
does the Federal government not have the authority to be involved in education, the
best and most effective decisions will be made closer to home.
5) How should the Federal government’s budget be handled?
a.) look at last year’s budget and make adjustments from there, or
b.) question every single category of expenditure as to whether it is
Constitutional, whether it is needed, whether it has the potential to benefit all citizens
(as opposed to just a few), and whether we can afford it?
I believe expenditures should meet the criteria of being Constitutional and support a
Balanced Budget Amendment, which would require the Federal government to spend
no more than it takes in.
6) What is your view of the Federal government’s passing unfunded mandates which
the states must fund and implement? I do not support unfunded mandates.
7) What is your opinion of NC’s proposed HB-184 which would prevent NC Treasurer,
Dale Folwell from implementing his plan to make the medical charges made to the State
Health Plan transparent (to the plan itself and to the beneficiaries of the plan for their
co-payments), and to establish a reimbursement by the plan to health care providers
equal to the average reimbursement by Medicare plus 82%?
I agree completely with the goal of the Treasurer to save the SHP much needed money.
HB 184 will bring together experts in healthcare economics whose goal would be to not
only save the state more money but promote healthier living practices amongst program
participants.
8) Should any changes be made to how the Electoral College is used, and if so, what
changes should be made? The Electoral College is designed to prevent the states with
larger population from yielding too much power. It is an important part of keeping our
Nation a Constitutional Republican and not a pure democracy.
9) Upon election, what is your top priority? Moving as much power away from
Washington and back to Eastern North Carolina.
10) What are your beliefs regarding the foreign nationals who cross our borders
illegally? They are in this country illegally and should be treated as criminals and
removed from our country.
11) What is the role of government regarding impoverished citizens? Impoverished has
become a much too broad of a term when it comes to the Federal government.
Assistance should be provided only to those who are truly impoverished and programs
should have requirements to seek work with the goal of removing them from the
government rolls.
12) How can the government provide an atmosphere in which businesses can thrive?
Reducing burdensome regulations and let the American economy operate with as little
interference as possible.
13) Are our U.S. laws on immigration adequate, and if not, how should they be
changed?
Many of our current laws are not being enforced. Those laws on the books should be
enforced and the main change I would call for is the support of building a wall or other
barrier to prevent illegals from entering our country.
14) Do you think E-Verify should be universally used by all employers? And, if so, what
should be the consequence of non-compliance? E-verify is a good concept but it is too
burdensome on small businesses. If border laws were enforced, the amount of workers
requiring e-verification would be dramatically reduced.
15) Does the Federal government over-regulate commercial fishermen, under-regulate
them, or is Federal regulation of commercial fishing about right?
Commercial fishermen are over regulated. Furthermore, many of these regulations are
based upon poor scientific evidence that cannot justify the premise of the fisheries being
in danger.
16) Should Sharia Law or any foreign law have any force in any part of the USA?
Absolutely not.
17) Do you believe our country’s southern border should be secured by a wall?
Yes. A wall or some other suitable barrier to stop illegal border crossings.
18) What would cause you to call for bringing impeachment charges against a judge?
Only 15 Federal judges have ever been impeached. It would take a judge committing a
federal offense or making a major misuse of their power.
19) What are your beliefs about Federal gun laws? Federal gun laws should not be
expanded. By nature, criminals do not follow laws and making new laws will do noting
to prevent crime.
20) What is your position on sanctuary cities and illegal immigration?
I believe in States rights and also that cities should have the right to self governance.
However, cities that go against Federal immigration laws throw our law enforcement
system into chaos and their support of illegal immigration should be met with the
withholding of Federal funds from those cities.
21) What are your thoughts on subsidies for farmers and regulations on farmers?
If the Federal government would remove undue and burdensome regulations on
farmers, subsidies would not be necessary. Farmers can compete on the open market
if government will get out of their way and let them operate under the rules of capitalism

CCTA Vetting -Norman Sanderson – Republican-NC Senate District 2

1.       How do you want to be contacted?

Norman.Sanderson@ncleg.net,

919-733-5706  office,   normansanderson.com

 

 2.       Your educational background, experience and demonstrations of leadership?

BA in Christian Ed. From Logos University, 800 + hours in law enforcement

training, 17 years small business owner in child care,  former real estate broker

with own firm, former CCTA vice chair, Former Pamlico County Republican

Party Chair, Former 3rd Congressional District Vice Chair, 2 years in NC Houseserving Craven and Pamlico Counties, 6 years NC Senate District 2 serving

Craven, Carteret and Pamlico Counties. Current Senate Committee Chair of

Agriculture and Natural Resources, Chair of Justice and Public Safety

Appropriations, Current NC Legislative Republican Joint Caucus Leader.

3.       Memberships and associations?

NC Tourism Board, NC Cancer Awareness Association, CCTA

4.       Why are you running for this office?

It is my intention to help make NC the best state in the Nation. To protect

the rights of those living here now and for those who will live here in the future.

5.       As a representative of Coastal North Carolina what is your stance on regulation

of recreational and commercial fishing?

Seafood is a natural resource belonging to all citizens of this state. We must find the right way to balance the needs of commercial and recreational and not favor one or the other. We are currently out of balance. We have to fix the problem

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

Absolutely! 

We have taken the first steps to protect our citizens from foreign law in the NC Legislature.

7.       What place does God have in public schools?

God is the foundation from which all education originates. To deny that

portion of our history to our children is wrong.

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

Absolutely!

9.       Would you support a law to remove requirements for “Certificate Of Need”?

Yes. I filed legislation in 2016 that would do just that. I will refile it in 2019.

10.   What is your position on gun registration, gun free zones and concealed

carry laws?

The right to bear arms is not just a good idea, it’s a constitutional right and

necessary to maintain our freedom. We have and will always have enemies

both foreign and domestic for which we will need to protect ourselves and our families. I have and will always be very, very leery of being on anyone’s list. Gun free zones are an open invitation for disaster.

11.   Do you support border security, including the wall, and better controlled

immigration?

We are 50 years late in fixing our immigration problems. A nation without a

secure, controlled border is not really a nation. I do support the wall and any

other measure to guarantee our sovereignty.

12.   Do you support picture ID requirements for voting?

Always have and always will in every state in this country.

13.   What is your view on nullification and interposition?

My first choice would be Convention of States. The next best option is nullification

(erasing the effects of bad legislation or interposition (intervening).

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

To make permanent the positive changes we have begun in the General Assembly. To continue the mission of guaranteeing the rights of our citizens.

CCTA Vetting- Walter B. Jones   – US Congress (NC-3)

Name:  Walter B. Jones   Office Sought:  US Congress (NC-3)

1. How do you want to be contacted?

Contact information can be found through my website at http://www.walterjonescommittee.com

2. Your educational background, experience and demonstrations of leadership?

I am a lifelong resident of Farmville, North Carolina.  I’ve been married to Joe Anne for over 50 years.  We have a beautiful daughter, Ashley.

As a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, I am concentrated on our national defense, our military communities, and the well-being of veterans, active service members and their families. Over the past 14 years, I have cosponsored more legislation to help veterans than any member of Congress.

3. Memberships and associations?

4. Why are you running for this office?

I am a conservative, a deficit hawk, and a warrior against wasteful spending.  Over the past 14 years, I am the only member of Congress to vote against every bloated budget.

I am a man of strong faith.  I believe in the Bible and the Constitution.

I’ve fought the special interests and the bad, back-room deals they cut with the Washington Establishment, and I’m excited to continue the fight for conservative principles for the people of Eastern North Carolina.

5. As a representative of Coastal North Carolina what is your stance on regulation of recreational and commercial fishing?

Federal fisheries management badly needs more flexibility, transparency and accountability. To deliver that, I’ve authored three core provisions in the House fisheries reform bill.

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

Yes.

7. What place does God have in public schools?

The removal of God from the public schools has been a contributing factor in many of the social ills facing our country.  As the Bible tells us, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” The more we get away from that, the more problems we’ll have.

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

Yes. The brilliance of what the founding fathers gifted to us in the Constitution cannot be overstated.  Failing to instill that knowledge in the generations to come puts the future of our republic at risk.

9. Would you support a law to remove requirements for “Certificate Of Need”?

This is an area that bears more oversight by the Congress and state legislatures.  Consumers deserve the best quality and choice at the lowest cost.

10. What is your position on gun registration, gun free zones and concealed carry laws?

I support the 2ndAmendment rights of law-abiding citizens and have cosponsored and voted for concealed carry reciprocity legislation.

11. Do you support border security, including the wall, and better controlled immigration?

I am a leader in the fight to secure our borders, stop illegal immigration, and block amnesty.  I have an A+ rating from NumbersUSA (the leading anti-illegal immigration group in the country).

12. Do you support picture ID requirements for voting?

Yes

13. What is your view on nullification and interposition?

I believe in the wisdom of the Constitution, which lays out the means by which the people can change their elected representatives, the laws of the land, and the Constitution itself.

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

Stopping the federal government’s exploding $21 trillion national debt and $800 billion dollar annual deficits, and the continued waste of taxpayers’ money overseas in places like Afghanistan.

Interview with GREG HOLT, Constitutional Party Candidate for Craven County Board of Commissioners in District 1

 

Interviewed by Mary Griswold, Bob Griswold, Hal James, and Raynor James

  1. How do you want to be contacted?

Ans.  252-474-9114 or greg@cravinacup.com.

  1. Your educational background, experience and demonstrations of leadership?

Ans.  Serve on First Craven Sanitary Water Board (approx. 2,400 customers).  Studied business and business law in college.  Have run a business for 25 years, balanced budgets, and met payroll.

  1. Memberships and associations?

Ans.  Joined CCTA; feel someone needs to look after taxpayers.

  1. Why are you running for this office?

Ans.  Two primary reasons.  I want more services and jobs located on my side of the river.  If anyone on the Bridgeton side wants to go to the bank or mail a package, they need to cross the river; I want to attract more jobs and services.  I also want the Board and the Sheriff’s office to work together to stop the opiod crisis and to shut down drug dealers.  Historically, communication between the two has not been good; that needs to change.

  1. As a representative of Coastal North Carolina, what is your stance on regulation of recreational and commercial fishing?

Ans.  Fishing (both commercial and recreational) is over taxed (fees too high) and over regulated.

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

Ans.  Yes, absolutely!

  1. What place does God have in public schools?

Ans.  I grew up with prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance.  When you take God out of   something, you ruin it.

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

Ans.  Absolutely!

  1. Would you support a law to remove requirements for a “Certificate of Need?”

Ans.  I’m in favor of doing away with it for anyone who is qualified to render the service (like run a surgery center, etc.).  Monopolies are not a good idea.

  1. What is your position on gun registration, gun free zones, and concealed carry laws?

Ans.  I have a concealed carry license.  I am for permitting teachers and staff who are qualified to carry in schools.  I support the concealed carry laws.

  1. Do you support border security including the wall and better controlled immigration?

Ans.  Absolutely!

  1. What is your view on nullification and interposition?

Ans.  When the federal government makes a law about something the U.S. Constitution doesn’t give it the power to handle, then, yes, the state should have the right to do that.

 

Vetting interview with Michael Speciale, Republican Candidate for reelection to NC House of Representatives, District 3

Interviewed by Mary Griswold, Bob Griswold, Hal James, and Raynor James
     1. How do you want to be contacted?
     By email (michael.speciale@ncleg.net) or via my website at michaelspeciale.com.
     2. Your educational background, experience and demonstrations of leadership.
     Associate’s degree in business & operations management. Basic Law Enforcement Training Certification (BLET). Fellow of the NC Institute of Political Leadership (NCIOPL). Twenty years’ service in the Marine Corps. Former TREA Associate Director for Cherry Point.  Former CCTA Chairman. Former Craven County Republcian Party Chairman. Six years as a member of the NC House of Representatives.
     3. Membership and associations.
     CCTA [Coastal Carolina Taxpayers Association], the Republican Party, NRA (life member), TREA (The Retired Enlisted Association) life member.
     4. Why are you running for office?
     Before I ran, all I heard was excuses. I wanted to find out if you could go to Raleigh and keep your promises — if it could be done. It can. Sometimes you have to take small bites and can’t get everything you want at one time, but you can make progress. I’m proud of what we’ve done, but I have more in the hopper I want to do. That’s why I want to go back.
     5. As a representative of Coastal North Carolina, what is your stance on regulation of recreational and commercial fishing?
     I support both commercial and recreational fishing. Right now, the emphasis is on protecting commercial fishing from being a dying industry because the state has entertained bills that would be detrimental to commercial fishing. I have been the prime opposition to those types of bills.
     6. Would you support a ban on Sharia Law or any other foreign law in America?
     Yes, and I was a primary sponsor of a bill that does just that for North Carolina, and it passed and is now in effect. The law does not specifically mention Sharia Law, but it bans foreign law in our courts.
     7. What place does God have in public schools?
     There is nothing in the Constitution that prohibits God in our public schools. When public schools were started, reading and writing were taught by using the Bible. Our Constitution is short because everything else is in the Bible. Biblical values were universally accepted when our country was founded.
     8. Should high school students be taught our founding history and the details of the U.S. Constitution?
     Yes, and the NC legislature passed a law mandating it. Unfortunately, the school system is skirting the law by saying that students got it in grade school, so we may have to pass another law that requires our founding history and the U.S. Constitution to be taught in the freshmen and sophomore years when they’re most likely to remember it.
     9. Would you support a law to remove requirements for a “Certificate of Need?”
     Yes, and I have. That was one of my primary objectives when I first got elected. Unfortunately, it’s a Gordian knot, so I’m working to get rid of it a piece at a time.
     10. What is your position on gun registration, gun free zones, and concealed carry laws?
     I have been a primary sponsor of every gun bill that has been proposed since I’ve been in the General Assembly. The 2nd Amendment should be your concealed carry permit. I plan to continue working on a bill that’s as close to Constitutional carry as we can get the votes to pass.
     11. Do you support border security, including the wall, and better controlled immigration?
     Of course.
     12. So you support picture ID requirements for voting?
     Of course.
     13. What is your view on nullification and interposition?
     I’ve introduced nullification bills, but Skip Stam was Speaker Pro-Tem, and leadership did not advance the bill.
     14. If elected, what is your number one priority?
     To continue the work we’ve started — especially to do with job opportunities and improvements in our education system. I’m proud of the work we’ve done, but there’s more to do.

Vetting interview with Dennis Bucher, Republican Candidate for Craven County Board of Commissioners, District 7

Interviewed by Mary Griswold, Bob Griswold, Hal James, and Raynor James
     1. How do you want to be contacted?
     Cell phone (252-229-6576) or email (dbucher@suddenlink.net).
     2. Your educational background, experience, and demonstrations of leadership.
     I attended Indiana University for 2 years. Then, the father of my wife told me that I “had to get a real job” if I were going to marry his daughter. I went to work for Firestone [tire company] which later became Bridgestone, and worked for them for 37 years. I rose to Vice-President, Northeastern United States where I was responsible for 325 retail outlets, about 4,000 employees, and annual sales of $400 million dollars. My final position with Bridgestone was President and CEO of Bridgestone Aircraft Tires for North and South America with responsibility for manufacturing, distribution, marketing, and sales. After I retired from Bridgestone, I opened up Family Tire 12 years ago with my son and daughter. We had 3 locations, one each in New Bern, Morehead City, and Jacksonville, and we sold all 3 last December.
     3. Memberships and associations?
     Tabernacle Baptist Church (Men’s Ministry Director), New Bern Country Club (where I play golf), the NRA, and Gideons International (they give away a lot more Bibles than just those in hotels).
     4. Why are you running for office?
     Because Steve Tyson [current District 7 Commissioner] called me and said, “I’m not running, and you are.” I talked it over with my wife, and she’s supportive. I served as a New Bern Alderman for 4 years. I was unable to give back to the community for a large part of my life; now I can, and I believe the Board of Commissioners needs someone with a business background.
     5. As a representative of Coastal North Carolina, what is your stance on regulation of recreational and commercial fishing?
     I get frustrated when commercial fishermen get hamstrung by regulation — especially by the Feds. Fish are the property of all citizens, and they should be free to go catch them. We do need to regulate foreign fleets like the Chinese and Japanese that fish in our waters.
     6. Would you support a ban on Sharia Law or any other foreign law in America?
 
     Absolutely.
     7. What place does God have in public schools?
     I think that because of the fact that we took God out of schools, we have a mess going on. Our country was founded as a Christian nation. Schools should reflect the wishes of parents, and I think parents would welcome God and the Bible in school.
     8. Should high school students be taught our founding history and the details of the U.S. Constitution?
     Without question. Students should also have to pass a test on the subject in order to graduate.
     9. Would you support a law to remove requirements for a “Certificate of Need?”
     Requiring a “Certificate of Need” doesn’t make sense to me; it limits competition.
     10. What is your position on gun registration, gun free zones, and concealed carry laws?
     I have a concealed carry permit. I don’t agree that you don’t need a permit – you need to have a good background. I have a gun collection, and I don’t like it that they’re all registered, but it can be helpful to the police. Gun free zones are stupid.
     11. Do you support border security, including the wall, and better controlled immigration?
     Yes! With an exclamation mark!
     12. Do you support picture ID requirements for voting?
     I do. Very much.
     13. What is your view on nullification and interposition?
     Yes, the state has the ability to make unconstitutional laws null and void and to protect their citizens from them.
     14. If elected, what is your number one priority?
     To bring my business background to the Board of Commissioners.

CCTA Vetting with Jason Jones, Democrat Candidate for Craven County Board of Commissioners, District 2

Candidate filled in the answers to the questions himself.

 

1.       How do you want to be contacted?
Home Phone 252 672 5656
2.       Your educational background, experience and demonstrations of leadership?
Education: Craven County Public Schools, Calvary Baptist Church School.
Experience: County Commissioner 2006 – 2010, 2014 – 2018, Vice Chairman 2007, Chairman 2008 & 2009. I have served and currently serve on boards as required as an elected commissioner.
3.       Memberships and associations?
President Craven County Farm Bureau, NC Farm Bureau Cotton Committee and New Bern Craven County Rescue Squad. I am also a member of Bethany Christian Church of Jasper where I serve as a Deacon, Chairman of the General Board, and member of the Adult Choir.
4.       Why are you running for this office?
I have a desire to serve and help others. As a resident of western Craven County I am an advocate for rural and agricultural issues. I also have an obligation I believe as a Christian to stand up for Christian and moral values in government.
5.       As a representative of Coastal North Carolina, what is your stance on regulation of recreational and commercial fishing?  
Through my involvement in Farm Bureau I have stood with coastal counties to support our commercial fishermen. This industry has struggled due to storms, low prices and regulations.  Our state leadership must put common sense people on the Marine Fisheries Commission. In addition there must be equal representation from the recreational and commercial fishing industry governing this commission.
6.       Would you support a ban on Sharia Law or any other foreign law in America?
I support abiding by the Constitution of the United States of America.  No foreign law should be allowed to rule our free Nation.
7.       What place does God have in public schools? 
As a Christian I believe God is the Creator of All Humanity.  He is to be served by those who confess Him as their Lord. I believe prayer is essential to our lives as Christians and should be
allowed in our schools for those that have a desire to pray to God. When I was a student in public school I was blessed to have a Godly teacher who taught me the Lord’s Prayer. I do not believe any student should be forced to participate but I certainly support allowing school officials who have a desire to lead a bible study or prayer to do so.
8.       Should high school students be taught our founding history and the details of the U.S. Constitution?  
   Absolutely! Yes!
9.       Would you support a law to remove requirements for “Certificate Of Need”?
I support the private sector having an opportunity to provide services to citizens.  I would have no problem with the General Assembly investigating the pros and cons of the Certificate Of Need.
10.   What is your position on gun registration, gun free zones and concealed carry laws? 
I support the Second Amendment. I am a member of the NRA and have been for a number of years.
11.   Do you support border security, including the wall, and better controlled  immigration? 
I do support controlling our borders. I believe Congress must enact a guest worker program that will help assist those employers who
cannot find American Workers.
12.   Do you support picture ID requirements for voting?  
    Yes… I support picture ID for voting just as I            support it for transacting any other kind of
    business.
13.   What is your view on nullification and interposition? 
I support the rights of states to govern their citizens under the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of that State.
14.   If elected, what is your number one priority?
I believe an elected officials number one priority always must be to listen to the needs / desires of their constituents and govern in a manner that is honoring to God.

CCTA Vetting with Kelli Muse, Democrat  Candidate for Craven County Board of Commissioners, District 7

Candidate filled in the answers to the questions herself.
1.  How do you want to be contacted?
Email.  kellimuse@ hotmail.com
2.  Your educational background, experience and demonstrations of leadership?
I have owned my own business, managed large numbers of people, attention to details. I’ve also managed both federal and state budgets. Including grants.  I’ve had some college.
3.  Memberships and associations?   
 I am a proud member of the NRA, Ducks Unlimited and the Coastal Conversation Association
4.   Why are you running for this office?
This is my children’s home. Our home. My husband is a native. I have lived here 29 years. I love Craven County and it’s citizens. I want to be their voice.
5.  As a representative of Coastal North Carolina, what is your stance on regulation of recreational and commercial fishing? 
Our rivers and ocean are a precious resource. I expect both commercial and  recreational fishermen to be responsible. Common sense goes along way.  You can over fish areas. Just as in over use of any natural resource. Regulations are necessary.
 6.  Would you support a ban on Sharia Law or any other foreign law in America?
This is America.
7.  What place does God have in  public schools?  

 Where is God in homes?  I believe it should start there first. As children are in homes before school.
8.  Should high school students be taught our founding history and the details of the U.S. Constitution? 
Absolutely! All people should know the history of our nation. The good and the bad. The triumphs and the tragedies.
9.  Would you support a law to remove requirements for “Certificate of Need”?
No.
10.  What is your position on gun registration, gun free zones and concealed carry laws?
I agree with gun registrations. I have a concealed carry permit. There should also be gun free zones. Schools. Courthouses. Hospitals.
11.   Do you support border security, including the  wall, and better controlled immigration?
 I do support border control. However, I also believe if you’ve been here for 20 years have a family, built a life you shouldn’t be forced to leave.
12.   Do you support picture ID requirements for voting? 
 I would be supportive if massive amounts of voter fraud are confirmed and proven. Until then, no.
13.   What is your view on nullification and interposition? 
 If it’s contradicting to the State Constitution, then yes I support it.  If not, then no.
14.   If elected, what is your number one priority?
There are so many local issues. A new by pass coming through our area. Work force and economic development. Our schools performance and standards. There’s much to be done. It’s all important.

Vetting interview with Tim Harris, Libertarian Candidate for reelection to NC State Senate District 2

Tim Harris filled in the answers to the questions himself.

 

1.                   How do you want to be contacted?

 

Email: timharris@harris4district2.com orinfo@harris4district2.com or phone: 919 201.2602

 

2.                   Your educational background, experience and demonstrations of leadership?

 

Education: Home school & public High School; Youngstown State University, History, 2001; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, History, 2003; Phi Alpha Theta; Alpha Lambda Delta; B’nai B’rith Excellence in Undergraduate research award.

 

Experience:

Intern at Offices of Matthew J. Rinaldo, Member of Congress, New Jersey’s 7th  district;

United States Marine Corps, honorably discharged in 1999;

Campaign Outreach Coordinator; James Traficant, Member of Congress, Ohio’s 17th District;

 

I have been in the private sector since graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill in various sectors and as a small businessman. I have worked in the auto industry and heavy & farm equipment industry; in 2008 I began a career shift into the IT industry:

 

IT Systems administrator with the Department of Physics & Astronomy at UNC-Chapel Hill;

Systems & Network administrator at Cisco Systems 2010-2014;

Senior Systems Engineer at Rho Inc, 2014- present

 

3.                   Memberships and associations?

 

Regional Affiliate Coordinator; Libertarian Party of North Carolina;

Interim Executive Director; Libertarian Party of Eastern North Carolina;

Chair; Libertarian Animal Rights Caucus

 

4.                   Why are you running for this office?

 

I believe it is long past the time when North Carolina needs to put aside the partisan infighting and focus on the true task of governance- achieving those goals which the people have set for us with maximum efficiency and minimum intrusion into the lives and liberties of the people. For too long the Legislature has forgotten they are sent there by us to effectively do the work we demand of them that can be squared with the  rights to which we are all entitled.

 

5.                   As a representative of Coastal North Carolina what is your stance on regulation

of recreational and commercial fishing? 

 

We have ignored the proper balance between the needs of the recreational fishing industry and the Commercial. The mechanisms we have established to help foster this balance, such as the MFC , have been mismanaged by the State and poorly served by the partisan processes surrounding the Commission. The entire State, but in particular the Commercial fishing industry are in need of organized State efforts to keep foreign substandard products of our markets so that the men and women of the NC fishing community can compete on a level playing field. The State needs also to vigorously guard against undue influence in regulation and policy from well-funded and active advocacy groups who have set their sights on the commercial fishing community. The Legislature has shown little interest thus far in properly serving our fishing community and I intend to change that.

 

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

 

The United States has a Constitutional, civil, and criminal code, State(s) and federal, that collectively represent the law of the land. And I know of no attempt thus far to institute or operate under any other type of law in the United States. Were such an attempt to occur I would oppose it categorically under all circumstances.

 

7.                   What place does God have in public schools?

 

God’s place in the public schools is in the hearts and minds the people in those schools- student and staff. I am a firm supporter of the highest and strongest walls of separation between Church and State. When we allow the State, and its monopoly on the use of force, to begin imposing religious practices or beliefs of any kind, we are leaving the door open for those institutions to do so in ways we may find fundamentally abhorrent later on.  I believe public institutions should focus on the singular mission of providing world class services (at which our education systems is failing miserably) and leave faith to the private lives of their students.

 

8.                   Should high school students be taught our founding history and the details

of the U.S. Constitution?

 

I’m saddened that we live in a world in which this even needs to be a question. But for too long our educators have systematically stripped any understanding of our history and our rights out of the process. We must, absolutely, get back to teaching these to our students for the sake of us all.

 

9.                   Would you support a law to remove requirements for “Certificate Of Need”?

 

Unconditionally. I would support any and all efforts to remove the CON system. Many States have realized their error and done so already and have seen tremendous gain in long-term health care outcomes, at significantly reduced, market-bearing, costs. To add to this I will support the tearing-down of the vast majority of the State’s “market-management” schemes, including most of the occupational licensing laws, which serve only to help hold down low and middle income populations while reducing capitalism’s energy in our community.

 

10.               What is your position on gun registration, gun free zones and concealed carry laws?

 

I oppose all of these. “The right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed” is pretty clear. As a matter of Constitution and as a simple matter of property rights we must firmly support the 2ndamendment.

 

11.               Do you support border security, including the wall, and better controlled immigration?

 

I believe we need to control and manage our borders, as any other nation on the planet must do. But I do not support building “the” wall, either physically or metaphorically. We should have gates, not walls. We need to establish simple, easy, manageable processes by which people can freely come here, we can know who they are, have some simple data on them and enable them to live and work here without fear, so long as they remain peaceful. If they get in trouble- we ship them back wherever they came from.

 

12.               Do you support picture ID requirements for voting?

 

I do not generally support any law that would impose on an American the presumption of guilt when exercising a fundamental right, unless they can prove otherwise. That is not part of the principles on which this nation was founded. The exercise of rights is not akin to any of the other activities we are involved in during our daily lives. Neither is the demand that an American carry on them any sort of government-approved ID in order to exercise a right. Rights are inherent and natural- such as the right to have a voice in the selection of those who will exercise power, they do not come from government. In fact government itself only legitimately exists by virtue of the exercise of that natural right.

If the federal government were to demand that voting for federal offices required you have a national ID card, I’m sure a vast majority of people would be against that idea. But there is no difference between the two propositions. In addition, the instances of voter-fraud that a voter ID law would purport to prevent are few and far between, they are very much a rarity. Our existing elections processes and laws have proven more than adequate in accurately verifying voting eligibility and protecting the general sanctity of the ballot. Therefore additional laws, and additional requirements are simply not necessary. I support in all cases where practicable, the reduction of laws, not the addition.  I do not, myself, mind having to show an ID to vote, but I would not support imposing that as a matter of law.

 

13.               What is your view on nullification and interposition?

 

I absolutely support the right of a jury to decide not only the facts of a case but to render by their verdict a judgment of the law. In all cases whatsoever. And the 10th amendment is clear and unambiguous. States absolutely have the right to take action, singly or jointly, to oppose the federal government in matters against the States, or their citizens.

 

14.               If elected, what is your number one priority

Fundamental restructuring of our educational system. The system we have now in unworkable, unsustainable fiscally, and a miserable failure. We are mortgaging the futures of our children by policy and by failing to properly educate them. Rendering our public education system viable and functional is vital to the long-term economic health of our State and nation, and the most effective method of reducing the size, scope, and cost of government in our lives.
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