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Candidate Q&A: Kimberly Robb, Senate District 5

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Pitt County District Attorney Kimberly Robb speaks to those in attendence at a National Crime Victim's Right's Week presentation at Pitt County Courthouse on April 14, 2016. (Joe Pellegrino/The Daily Reflector)

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Following are questions submitted by The Daily Reflector to state Senate District 5 candidate Kimberly Robb and Robb’s responses. District 5 is a countywide race in which all voters may cast ballots on Nov. 6 and in early voting, which is ongoing through Nov. 3.

Name: Kimberly Robb

Age: 55

Town: Greenville, Pitt County

Profession: Prosecutor, lawyrer

Political offices: Pitt County District Attorney

Website: RobbForNCSenate.com

Social Media: Facebook: Kimberly Robb for North Carolina Senate

Political philosophy: I believe in keeping taxes low, minimizing regulation on businesses and preserving individual liberty.

Party: Republican

■ Why are you running for the General Assembly and what distinguishes you from your opponent?

I have lived here, raised a family, and worked in Pitt County for 30 years. Pitt County citizens have been missing a true Pitt County voice in the Senate for far too long. I’ve proven I’ll fight for the people of eastern North Carolina as a prosecutor and I will continue that fight in Raleigh.

■ What will your top priorities be if you are elected?

Giving Eastern North Carolina a fair shake when it comes to health care, education and jobs. Maintaining North Carolina’s increasingly strong economy and pro-business climate. Working to solve the opioid drug crisis that is destroying many of our rural communities.

■ There are six constitutional amendments on the ballot. Explain where you stand on each issue.

I support all six of the amendments.

■ If the Voter ID amendment is approved, will support a funding increase so the Division of Motor Vehicles can open more offices and hire more staff hired to issue identifications?

Yes. DMV is already struggling under current conditions, as indicated by wait times and the burden of transitioning to the Real ID. We should also look at operations of the most efficient DMV locations and mirror those policies statewide.

■ East Carolina University wants to new medical school building. How would you convince other legislators to fund the project?

I have spent the last year and a half as the president of the N.C. Conference of District Attorneys. In that role, I have spent countless hours at the General Assembly advocating for prosecutors across the state and working to address important issues facing our criminal justice system. That work has allowed me to build relationships on both sides of the aisle which would serve as valuable resource to help get funding for improvements to our medical school.

■ Hundreds of illegal immigrants live and work in the Pitt County area. They are building homes and families, they go to church and do jobs many other people don’t want to do. Should we allow them to stay? What action will you encourage the legislature take to deal with them?

Immigration is largely a federal enforcement issue. We must enforce the laws of both the State and Federal government.

■ David Wheeler of Newtown, Conn., has become an advocate for stricter regulation of assault rifles since his 6-year-old son, Ben, was among 20 children and six teachers killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. He said “The liberty of any person to own a military-style assault weapon and a high-capacity magazine and keep them in their home is second to the right of my son to his life ...” How would you respond to a constituent who shared his experience and convictions?

During my career as a prosecutor, I have seen hundreds of people access weapons when that access was supposed to be prohibited by law. The greater issue is the failure of the mental health system across the country. I am proud to have recently been working with the SBI and other stakeholders on how to proactively address potential threats and I plan to continue that work in Raleigh.

■ Do you think that the state should allow local authorities to determine for themselves where and how to display Confederate memorials, and do you think it is appropriate for a monument to confederate dead to stand on the grounds of the Pitt County Courthouse?

Local authorities are the logical choice to decide about memorials. They should make that decision after input from the public. However, the public should also respect the rule of law and refrain from damaging public property that has been legally installed.

■ Would you support a law that banned same-sex marriage or required people to use the bathroom that matched the gender on their birth certificate?

The General Assembly should maintain a focus on issues with a positive statewide impact, such as implementing pro-growth economic policies.

■ Leaders in North Carolina recently established and $15 per hour minimum wage for all state workers. Big corporation such as Amazon and Target recently announced they are committed to a $15 per hour minimum. Would you support a mandatory minimum wage of $15 an hour. Why or why not?

No, the state minimum wage should be on par with the federal minimum wage, giving businesses that consider locating in North Carolina the option to increase hourly wages as they see fit. Research from the Heritage Foundation estimated that raising the state minimum wage to $15 per hour would cost over 330,000 jobs in North Carolina (full-time equivalent jobs) by 2021.

■ Critics say the current process for drawing legislative districts leans too heavily with the party in power and allows the party in power to ignore other points of view rather than compromise? What is your response to such criticism?

As the state constitution prescribes, that decision should be left to the elected representatives of the people.

■ Proponents say that fiscal policies enacted by the current legislature have North Carolina on its strongest financial footing and have contributed to a robust and growing economy. Do you agree? Do you think the legislature should increase spending vs. savings or change its tax structure to address needs in roads and infrastructure, schools, health care and mental health care?

Yes, I agree the economy is good condition. I commend local and state leaders on implementing policies that attract new industries/businesses to locate here, which in turn creates jobs and increases the tax base that we use to provide for necessary infrastructure and services to the public. I would advocate for intelligent and well thought-out strategies for continued tax cuts, while eliminating wasteful spending.

■ If there is an issue you would like to address not covered in the questions, please address it here:

Candidate did not answer.

Candidate chose not to answer

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