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Opinion

The Post’s endorsements for local and state elections
Who and what we're backing on Nov. 6
 
Published Thursday, November 1, 2018 9:21 pm
by The Charlotte Post Editorial Board

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Midterm elections usually don’t drum up much excitement, but 2018 isn’t like most midterm cycles.


There’s robust – even nasty – debate over the course of the nation and North Carolina. President Donald Trump isn’t on the ballot, but he is, in essence, the linchpin of how and why voters are turning out in record numbers in North Carolina’s early voting. We’re offering our endorsements of local and statewide races to pass along our sentiment for the people and initiatives we believe will best serve our state going forward.


U.S. House of Representatives District 9
We heartily endorse Dan McCready, an entrepreneur and Marine Corps veteran. Mr. McCready has the background and temperament to represent the 9th, which includes East Charlotte. We find his middle-of-the-road stance on issues ranging from abortion rights to the economy refreshing compared to the demagoguery of Mark Harris, who upset incumbent Robert Pittenger in the Republican primary.


State Senate District 40
Joyce Waddell has been in office for a couple of terms, but we’re inclined to endorse Bobbie Shields, an engineer and former Mecklenburg County engineer and assessor.

Mr. Shields, a Republican, is a business owner who knows the district’s concerns and issues through the lens of residency as well as service as a former interim county manager. His platform of boosting economic development and education in public schools are common-sense goals in a time of fraying vision. In campaigning for shared responsibility and trust in the 2020 redistricting and improving the state’s public schools make him a better candidate.


N.C. Supreme Court
Anita Earls is our pick for a seat on the state’s highest court. Miss Earls, executive director of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, is experienced in civil rights law, which positions her to bring a fair and balanced view to the bench as it relates to cases that have far-reaching impact on the state.


N.C. Superior Court
We recommend Reggie McKnight for District 26C; Donald Cureton in District 26A Seat 2; Sabrina Blain in District 26A Seat 3 and Khalif Rhodes in District 26F, Seat 2.


Charlotte bonds
We’re for the city’s $50 million affordable housing bond initiative, which will help the city put a small but needed dent in a growing issue. As more people move into Charlotte, the strain on affordable units will continue to increase. More resources are necessary to handle the growth, and this is a good first step.


As the city’s population swells, so does infrastructure needs. Transportation is one of those areas, and the $118 million referendum will pay for construction and improvement of roads, bridges, bicycle lanes and crosswalks. The $55 million neighborhood bond would pay for sidewalks, drainage, lights and open space improvements.

Constitutional amendments
Six constitutional amendments are on the ballot for voters’ approval, and nearly all of them are a waste of time. No one would argue with the right to hunt and fish, but does it need to be part of the state’s constitution? We don’t think so.


Victims’ rights should be codified, but by lawmakers, who can adjust the law in the General Assembly. We’re totally opposed to any form of voter ID, which hasn’t been found to cure fraud or anything else when it comes to casting a ballot. Although conservatives like to whine that identification is necessary for everything from buying cold medicine to airline tickets, keep in mind those are voluntary acts. Your right to vote is not an exercise in proving citizenship or validity.


Two other amendments – lawmakers’ control of judicial appointments and restructuring of the State Board of Elections – are nothing more than a power grab.

Republicans, who control the General Assembly, are eager to strip Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, of the ability to replace judges to state courts. The problem with that is what happens when the shoe is on the other foot.


There’s a reason why courts, executive branch and legislature are separate in powers. Erosion of that barrier puts the state on a slippery slope when one branch consolidates control, which puts all of us at risk of a rouge regime at the capitol. We should pass.


The so-called reduction of state income tax is a dodge that appeals to the most basic wish of all taxpayers. However, the amendment to cap the state tax rate at 7 percent from the current 10 percent is short sighted. The lower rate already leaves the neediest among us at a disadvantage when it comes to who pays the freight in terms of taxes while the wealthy have massive breaks. The lowered rate is a boom during a relatively healthy economy, but puts us at risk should the situation change.

Let’s encourage lawmakers to leave the constitution alone and maintain flexibility to do what matters most, like fully funding education and health care.
 

Comments

Dear Charlotte Post readers;
My name is Richard Rivette for NC State Senate 38. For years I have sought to get an endorsement by this paper because I believe I can truly make a difference in NC State Senate District 38. As I commented in past years, Mr. Ford was not capable nor did he accomplish anything of merit in Raleigh. Now we have Mujtaba Mohammed as my opponent.

I am glad this paper did not endorse him. While he has four years experience advocating for children, I have five as a criminal defense investigator saving young people from the death penalty. He has not other business experience in his life.

I spent 35 years helping startup and established companies create decent jobs by supporting their marketing efforts. I spent five years teaching in a classroom setting at an academy for middle school and high school classes. I spent those five years in the justice system defending the least of us.

In total, I have helped secure several billion dollars for industry so people had good paying jobs, and cities had an established tax base. My opponent has no experience with large budgets or major projects.

I agree with many of the ideals that are proposed from affordable housing, Medicaid for kids, early child development programs, elimination of food deserts, and more. The problem we face is that the state does not have additional funds. I detail this on my website at www.voterivette.biz.

My goal is to create tax reform and improve education to attract more companies, create more career jobs, and bring in the funds needed to pay teachers more, provide assistants, and do those other worthwhile items.

If Republicans and Democrats work together instead of fighting we can improve everyone's lives.

Thank you, and I hope you will vote for me, because I am ready to work for you.
Posted on November 3, 2018
 

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