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Candidate Surveys: Lieutenant governor

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The Daily Reflector

Monday, March 14, 2016

The Daily Reflector asked candidates in the March 15 primary to respond to surveys outlining their qualifications. Following are responses from three Democratic candidates running for lieutenant governor. Ronald Newton did not respond. There is no Republican primary.

LINDA COLEMAN

List a few highlights from your personal and professional life that you think best show you are qualified for the office you seek.

The lieutenant governor is the only Council of State member to serve in both the legislative and executive branches. As a former Wake County commissioner and three term elected House member to the North Carolina General Assembly, I have extensive knowledge in the legislative branch. I have also served in the executive branch as the director of the Office of State Personnel. I am the only candidate to have experiences in both, which uniquely prepares me for this position.

Tell us briefly what you hope will be a signature achievement from your time in office if you are elected.

Expanding our education system and training our 21st century workers to attract good livable wage jobs to North Carolina. If elected, I hope my signature achievement is being the liaison between education and economic development across our state. The lieutenant governor has the unique ability to use positions on the State Board of Education, State Board of Community Colleges and Economic Development board to influence policies that shape how our state does business.

Tell us briefly what most distinguishes you from your opponent(s).

Experience. I am the only candidate that can bring experience from both the legislative and executive branches to the office on day one. I started my career as a classroom teacher and later became a human resource manager where I served in various state agencies, including the community college system. My professional experiences in human resources allowed me to serve in the executive branch under Gov. Perdue as the director of the Office of State Personnel. Also, I am the only candidate to have both local and state legislative experience. As a former Wake County Commissioner, Wake County Commissioner chair and three term elected member to the North Carolina House, I worked to increase funding for education, give state employees the largest raise in more than 16 years, raised the minimum wage and passed the earned income tax credit to help working families.

Online

Website: lindafornc.com

Facebook: Coleman4LtGov

Twitter: @LindaForNC

HOLLY JONES

List a few highlights from your personal and professional life that you think best show you are qualified for the office you seek.

Public service and community involvement have always been part of Jones’ life. Her father served in the state Senate and later on the county commission. Her mother taught in public schools for more than 25 years. Jones taught school and becacem executive director of the YWCA of Asheville, where she led a $4 million capital campaign. In 2008, she won a seat on the Buncombe County Commission and helped the county weather the Great Recession better than many areas of the state.

Tell us briefly what you hope will be a signature achievement from your time in office if you are elected.

As a Buncombe county commissioner I’ve worked hard to get a new elementary school and middle school built. As lieutenant governor I want to be part of the team that brings North Carolina back to the national average for teacher pay and per-pupil spending.

Tell us briefly what most distinguishes you from your opponent(s).

My perspective and track record. I bring an outsider’s view to Raleigh. After having served 14 years in local government I will bring fresh ideas and energy to state government that my opponents do not have. Additionally, none of my opponents have held elected office in recent years, while I’ve been working hard to get things done for my local community, such as passing a living wage ordinance, domestic partner benefits, getting new schools built and addressing domestic violence.

Online

Website: www.hollyjones.org

Facebook: Holly-Jones-for-North-Carolina-304142259627148

Twitter: @HollyJonesNC

Robert Earl Wilson

List a few highlights from your personal and professional life that you think best show you are qualified for the office you seek.

Wilson has 30-plus years in leadership positions in state government, including 21 years in the Secretary of State’s Office as the assistant secretary of state. He has received many recognitions including the N.C. Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest honor given to a civilian; 2010 Laurel Wreath Award from Gov. Beverly Perdue; Perquimans’ County Chapter of NAACP “Speaker of the Year” Award (2009); certificate of Appreciation from Fort Bragg  in recognition for his support of the Fort Bragg Special Emphasis Program (2010); Garrison Commander’s Medallion for Excellence and the Womack Army Medical Center Coin of Excellence. Playing both basketball and football, Wilson also demonstrated outstanding leadership and athletic skills while playing key positions on his high school and college teams. He has been inducted into the Fayetteville State University Hall of Fame for basketball.

Tell us briefly what you hope will be a signature achievement from your time in office if you are elected.

I hope my signature achievements will be stopping the dismantling of the public educational system and creating a self-sustaining economy that includes re-establishing manufacturing in North Carolina. To accomplish this, I have developed a Seven Point Pro-Growth Plan that includes re-building educational excellence, expanding state ports, creating a one-stop-shop for businesses and capping the corporate tax rate at 5 percent for the next 20 years.

Tell us briefly what most distinguishes you from your opponent(s).

I have 21 years of legislative experience having served as the chief legislative liaison for the Secretary of State’s office. I managed 21 budgets, created many jobs and helped push numerous pieces of legislation through the General Assembly. In addition, I worked with six different speakers of the House of Representatives (three Republicans and three Democrats) to get things done for my agency and the people of NC. I am also the only candidate who has articulated a detailed plan for moving North Carolina forward.

Online

Website: www.robertwilson4ltgov.com

Facebook: electrobertwilson

Twitter: @electrwilson

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