"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness." T. Jefferson
Educated citizens drive economic growth and development. Let's give our children the opportunity to achieve more than we ever dreamed possible. We must put resources back into our schools to ensure quality education. Our current teachers deserve better pay for the work they do, and increased pay will attract the next generation of great teachers as well. Everyone deserves a quality education, and it starts with funding quality education.
A healthy citizenry is a productive citizenry. An educated, healthy North Carolina will naturally attract jobs and economic development. We must expand Medicaid - failing to expand Medicaid has cost North Carolina $13 billion and denies our citizens healthcare benefits for which we have already paid. That money is now being diverted to other states because Republicans refuse to help the people of North Carolina and expand Medicaid.
We need to support and nurture local businesses to keep our economy growing and to keep jobs right here in North Carolina. Making sure our citizens are healthy and educated, while ending regressive and discriminatory policies, will attract companies to invest and grow in North Carolina.
Everyone deserves an equal voice in their government, and no district should be drawn to favor one party, group, organization, or viewpoint over another. Simply put, the voters should choose their representatives; representatives should not choose their voters. Independent redistricting will ensure that not only does every voice matter, but that each voice matters equally.
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