Category Archives: Candidate Vetting

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.

Vetting interview with Keith Kidwell, Republican Candidate for election to NC House of Representatives, District 79

Keith Kidwell filled in the answers to the questions himself.
1.       How do you want to be contacted?

 

Email kidwell4nchouse@gmail.com

or phone 252.495.0621

 

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

 

Attended William Paterson College. Management programs with the American Management Association, Graduate Situational Leadership program.Enrolled Agent (Licensed by the US Department of Treasury to represent taxpayers in front of the IRS and all 50 state departments of revenue in all tax matters) Licensed Health and Life insurance agent.  39 years business management in both Fortune 100 companies and owning my businesses I feel I have the experience and understanding of what It takes to create a climate that would help business bring more jobs to Eastern North Carolina. As an Enrolled Agent, I have a unique understanding of tax law and how It Impacts business and families.My political party experience at the state level Atthe Republican party gives me the contacts to hit the ground running as a strong voice for Beaufort and Craven counties.
3.   Memberships and associations?

 

National Association of Enrolled Agents, American Institute of professional Bookkeepers. Member of the Knights of Columbus 3rd and 4th Degree councils. Beaufort County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors. Southern Albemarle Association Delegate. Beaufort County GOP Executive Committee, NCGOP Executive Committee.
4.       Why are you running for this office?
I believe I have a unique skill-set that provides insight into the impact taxes and regulations on business and individuals. I have spent many years working with government regulatory agencies and business owners. Mainly because I know I can and will make a difference.
5.       As a representative of Coastal North Carolina what is your stance on regulation of recreational and commercial fishing? 
I believe that these two groups can and should be able to find common ground to preserve both the fishing industry and sport fishing. I have spent some time at the local docks and was impressed with the efforts by our NC commercial fisherman to reduce by-catch and keep our waters viable.
6.    Would you support a ban on Sharia Law or any other foreign law in America?
I will and I have through my position within the Republican party.
7.   What place does God have in public schools?
Right in the main office and every classroom.
8.       Should high school students be taught our founding history and the details of the U.S. Constitution? 
Absolutely! It should be a required course of study starting with the earliest levels of education through HS graduation.
9.       Would you support a law to remove requirements for “Certificate Of Need”?
Yes. CONs seem to limit competition which is never a good thing.
10.   What is your position on gun registration, gun free zones and concealed carry laws?
NO GUN REGISTRATION. Gun free zones are the most dangerous place to be, so I do not enter them unless I absolutely must. I believe the 2nd amendment is the only carry permit necessary.
11.   Do you support border security, including the wall, and better controlled immigration?
Yes. We must stop illegals from entering our country.
12.   Do you support picture ID requirements for voting?
Yes. We must take quick action to insure the integrity of our voting system. Since photo ID is needed for virtually all other interaction with any government agency this is really not the problem the democrats want to make of it.
13.   What is your view on nullification and interposition?
We should use them. The states have had many of their rights usurped by the federal government and that needs to stop.
14.   If elected, what is your number one priority?
Wow!  that’s a tough one. There are so many things that need to be done. I could not honestly narrow it to any one item. We need to continue to reduce taxes and regulation. Improve the education of our children through school choice, merit pay, remove common core and better use of the current funding. Fight to get the Federal government out of our schools. Pass constitutional carry. Complete the highway project underway in eastern NC. Get rid of corporate welfare particularly in areas of solar and wind energy. Sorry can’t limit it to one item.

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? 
(252).622.5607

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
Certificate

3.  Memberships and associations?

 

Chairman, Governor Pat McCrory’s Task Force on Safer Schools
(2013-2016)
– 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
(2012-2013)
– 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? 

 

Yes

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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