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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Primary candidates running for seats in Raleigh and Washington, DC largely agreed with each other during a candidates' forum Wednesday night at the Senior Resources Center in New Hanover County. But, some differences did emerge on a few issues, which voters might use to make their decisions when casting ballots in the May 6 elections.
The first of three forums organized by WECT and the League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear brought together candidates running for the Republican nomination in the race for state Senate in District 9, the seat currently held by Sen. Thom Goolsby. Michael Burns, Justin LaNasa and Michael Lee expressed a lot of the same views on issues such as legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes in North Carolina, opposing Common Core standards for public schools and supporting taxpayer-funded opportunity scholarships, or vouchers, for students to attend private or charter schools. The issue where they stood apart slightly dealt with supporting incentives, including the film incentives program due to run out at the end of 2014. Two separate reports varied in whether the incentives proved beneficial to the state.
Lee told the crowd he supports incentives, with strong objectives to measure success. "If I could eliminate incentives across the United States, I would," Lee said. "I don't have the power to do that in other states we are competing with as far as the film incentives goes, whether it's Michigan or Georgia or other states. So I think we need to have that particular tool in our toolbox in order to compete for an industry that has given a lot to New Hanover County and to the state as a whole."
LaNasa said overall, he does not believe in incentives, but admitted the film incentives package is one that needs to be considered. "It's a bad thing to have large corporations getting mass amounts of tax dollars," LaNasa said. "Being a resident of New Hanover County, I see the people downtown looking at ‘One Tree Hill' sites and how much tourism it brings. That's one thing that was left out of the surveys that I think is a critical factor in bringing revenue to this town. I think we do need to look at this film incentive package and have a better understanding of exactly what it does bring to New Hanover County, rather than turn it down with a blind eye and not really look into the whole matter."
Burns said the film incentives program is not something that needs to be done away with completely. But he suggests looking closely into the numbers before making any final decision. "I do believe the money could be spent more equally across the board," Burns said in regards to the film incentives. "I believe we need to look at both surveys, see where the math came from, and delve into where the money is going and how it is being spent. I am not a fan of getting rid of the film incentives one hundred percent, but I do believe it is something we have to look at and we have to make smart choices for our state to go forward."
Both Democratic candidates running in the state Senate District 8 primary, Danny Hefner and Ernie Ward, agreed on their support for the film incentives and on their opposition to taxpayer-funded opportunity scholarships. The two men from Brunswick County did slightly vary on how they believe lawmakers should go about funding proposed pay raises for the state's public school teachers.
Hefner said creating jobs and stronger economy is a must to find the necessary funding to bring teacher salaries more in line with the national average. "You have to have a revenue stream," Hefner said, stressing its' importance. "The way to provide that revenue stream is to focus on jobs creation. Everything ties back to these jobs. We have lost way too many, and without that revenue stream you cannot fund the system."
Ward says he believes the necessary funding already exists within state government, and lawmakers need to make tough choices to direct it the proper way.
"The money is there, it is simply one (case) of prioritization," Ward told the crowd in the second of the three forums. "So, while I believe we need to grow our economy and so forth, we must get our priorities straight."
The final segment brought together two Democratic candidates running for the Seventh Congressional District nomination, looking to succeed incumbent Rep. Mike McIntyre, who is retiring. Unlike McIntyre, both Jonathan Barfield and Walter Martin, Jr. said they would support President Obama's Affordable Care Act, and would also vote to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. The two men differed on what they consider to be the greatest threat to the country's national security.
Martin, the former law enforcement officer and town council member from Princeton, NC, said he thinks homegrown terrorism threatens the national security. "Terrorists from other countries are able to make contact with united states-born citizens and have them turn against their own country," Martin said.
Barfield, a current member and former Chairman of the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners, said he believes the biggest threat is in air travel. "The TSA is doing a great job, but we focus so much on American citizens as opposed to those who are traveling into our country," he said. "I think we need to have tighter controls on those who are coming into our country to make sure they are not bringing in any type of weapons that might be hurting American citizens."
Friday, July 25 2014 1:47 PM EDT2014-07-25 17:47:36 GMT
A bill changing some rules for how charter schools operate in North Carolina is headed to the governor. The House approved a compromise version of the bill on a 62-36 vote Friday following a unanimousMore >>
A bill changing some rules for how charter schools operate in North Carolina is headed to the governor.More >>
Thursday, July 24 2014 9:15 PM EDT2014-07-25 01:15:35 GMT
The North Carolina Senate has given tentative approval to a bill that changes how Medicaid is administered and paid for in the state. Senators approved the measure, 28-17, on Thursday. It would createMore >>
State lawmakers in the Senate on Thursday passed a bill to partially privatize Medicaid by changing how the program is administrated and financed.More >>
Tuesday, July 22 2014 2:32 PM EDT2014-07-22 18:32:17 GMT
A new poll of North Carolina's highly-watched Senate race shows incumbent Kay Hagan's lead widening over Thom Tillis with less than four months left before Election Day. Public Policy Polling surveyedMore >>
Incumbent Kay Hagan has stretched her lead slightly over Thom Tillis in the highly-watched race for one of North Carolina's seats in the U.S. Senate. Hagan's lead is now seven points over Tillis with less than four months to go before Election Day. To see the specifics of the poll, click on the link inside this story.More >>
Thursday, July 17 2014 12:27 AM EDT2014-07-17 04:27:48 GMT
Republican David Rouzer has a cash advantage over the two other candidates running to replace Mike McIntyre as the Representative for North Carolina's 3rd Congressional District. Rouzer, Democrat JonathanMore >>
Former state Senator David Rouzer has a wide advantage over the other two candidates in the race for the 7th Congressional District race in North Carolina. More >>
Wednesday, June 18 2014 7:42 AM EDT2014-06-18 11:42:30 GMT
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP/WECT) - A committee of the North Carolina Senate advanced a bill aimed at stopping groundwater pollution leaching from Duke Energy's coal pits in the state, despite concerns raised byMore >>
A state Senate committee on Tuesday gave approval to a coal ash bill mandating clean up deadlines for Duke Energy's coal ash ponds across North Carolina. Click the link inside the story to read the text of the bill.More >>
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