These are the key issues around which I will conduct my campaign. I will expand on these positions in later months, but here are my preliminary thoughts.
As a Libertarian, I hold one core philosophy. You should be free to live your life as you see fit as long as you do not harm another individual. I’m committed to liberty for every person in North Carolina.
- Education Choice
Education is too important to leave in the hands of a government monopoly. Parents are responsible for educating their children. They should be free to do so in the way they judge best.
Parents need as many options as possible on how to educate their children. These options should include home schooling, charter schools, tax credits, tax scholarship programs, and vouchers.
North Carolina should also shift the focus of funding education to the student by instituting student-base budgeting.
- Protecting the Environment
Environmental laws must balance the rights of all property owners. People should be free to use their property as they deem best, so long as they don’t infringe on the rights of others.
The law should treat pollution which harms others as a violation of rights. All polluters, whether a private business or a government agency, should pay full compensation for any injuries or property damages they cause. Criminal penalties are appropriate only when deliberate or willful negligence poses a serious threat or causes serious harm.
- Wake Mass Transit
Public transportation should ultimately be about people, not about planners. Public transit systems have become less about helping people move around their communities in the way they wish and more about planners gaining enough political power to impose their transportation preferences and land-use fads on the people.
The proposed Wake County Transit Plan is a case in point. It ignores surveys showing that most people want the flexibility and convenience of using their cars to get around. It disregards the statistics that despite 30 years of massive mass transit expansion, the number of people using these systems has decreased.
The plan also has two major flaws. It does not come anywhere close to paying for itself. And it doesn’t include the area’s major transportation hub — the Raleigh-Durham International Airport.
- Electoral Reform
It’s not gerrymandering, voter IDs, or early voting limitations that disenfranchise North Carolina voters. It’s our ballot access lockout. Voters in nearly half of the state’s General Assembly districts will have only once “choice” in November.
Why? Because the Republicans and Democratic parties want it that way. The establishment parties rig the electoral system against new parties and independent candidates by restricting ballot access and gerrymandering. These restrictions unfairly impact nearly a third of North Carolinian voters.
To get on the ballot, a “new” party must collect more than 90,000 signatures. To run for statewide office without a party label, you must hurdle the same barrier. To challenge an unopposed incumbent in a local or district office, you must collect anywhere from 2,000 to 20,000 signatures.
There are several bills currently under consideration in the General Assembly which I will support if elected. Most are languishing in committee. The ruling class in the establishment parties does not want them to come up for a vote.
Summary: Private property shall not be taken by eminent domain except for a public use. Just compensation shall be paid and shall be determined by a jury at the request of any party.
HB 3 had 69 sponsors, passed the House in an 113-5 vote, but is stalled in the Senate rules committee
Summary: This bill would set up a nonpartisan redistricting process similar to the process used in Iowa. The Legislative Services Office would be responsible for drawing up new district lines. The House and Senate would only be able to vote yes or no on the plan. Read more at End Gerrymander Now.
HB 92 has 63 sponsors, but never got a hearing in the last session.
There is also a bill that would set up an independent redistricting commission. House Bill 49 would require a state constitutional amendment. This commission would be composed of persons nominated by the Supreme Court chief justice, governor, and legislative leaders of the two largest parties in the state House and Senate. In my view, HB 92 is superior.
Summary: Reduce signature requirements for a new party and unaffiliated candidates to get on the ballot, and the number of votes needed for a new party to retain ballot access.
This bill also never received a hearing in committee.