So, It’s easy for most people to look at me and think I’m nothing special. I didn’t go to Harvard, I’ve never been on a private jet and I’ve never been asked for a quote by the Wall Street Journal. I’ve just lived my life doing what I love, working to get by and giving back when I can. Scrubs, hospital ID badge, doing CPR and talking with suicidal patients - this may not be the description of your typical politician, but it is the description of myself and the folks who tend to make the most difference: our neighbors.
While the political elites are bickering in Raleigh, a teacher in Holly Ridge is expanding the minds of our children. While Phil Berger halts progress in the General Assembly, business people in Jacksonville are making a deal that will add jobs to our economy. While Pat McCrory postures himself for his re-election campaign in 2016, medical professionals in Onlsow County work to heal – no matter what year it is.
My neighbors are the ones I admire the most. They’re making amazing things happen while our leadership in Raleigh seems content to stand in their way. We may not be the “elite,” but we know what our community needs.
We know that to bring jobs to Onslow, we need an educated workforce that can recruit businesses and start their own. What has the legislature done? They’ve cut education spending to the bone and given teachers every incentive to either leave the state or the profession. Our children are our community’s biggest asset and we can no longer refuse to invest in them.
We know that to bring jobs to Onslow, we need to take advantage of every opportunity that comes our way. What has the legislature done? They decided to reject federal Medicaid expansion, which would have given healthcare to thousands in Eastern NC and would have brought hundreds of jobs. People are suffering while ideologues in Raleigh try to keep themselves pure for their special interest donors. We need to accept those funds and use them to grow.
And we know that to bring jobs to Onslow, we need customers that can afford to buy what we’re selling. What has the legislature done? They’ve raised taxes on most North Carolinians. Our neighbors are sending more of their money to the government, and the government is spending less on programs that actually help us. And when they make it so hard for our friends to get by, it makes it that much more difficult to make a profit. We need to lower taxes and support our businesses.
All of this may seem pretty obvious. We know what needs to be done and we know it isn’t happening. We talk about it at water coolers, in coffee shops and on Facebook. But there comes a point where you’ve talked about a problem so much that you’ve either got to accept it, or fix it. And there’s no way I’m going to accept the elites in Raleigh hurting my neighbors.
I’m running for North Carolina House because my community is hurting and I’m ready to do more than just talk about it. If we band together, we can win this seat and make real progress here in Onslow. This isn’t going to be easy, but we make amazing things happen every single day and I know I can take this on with you all on my team.
Yours in friendship,
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