WHERE JIM STANDS ON THE ISSUES
Jobs & The Economy
As a business owner I strongly believe that a sound economy should encompass our entire community as a whole. I believe that we should look to offer a working environment that provides opportunities for all North Carolinians. We need new ideas that promote jobs for those in rural areas of the district, while we continue to grow our urban areas and cities through free enterprise. Last year, over 40% of the working men and women of North Carolina's 12th District were forced to leave their home county for work. By focusing on fiscal drivers in agricultural manufacturing we can make strides to reduce this number, and keep more of our hard-earned money in our district and communities. We must take advantage of opportunities that will bring jobs back to the 12th District so we can spend less time in traffic and more time with our families.
Education is vital in preparing our children for the future. We need to allow more decisions pertaining to education to be made at the local level, while at the same time ensuring that statewide goals and standards are being followed.
Addressing Mental Health & the Opioid Crisis
From 1999 to 2016 more than 12,000 North Carolinians died from opioid-related overdoses. This epidemic is devastating families and communities. It is overwhelming medical providers and is straining prevention and treatment efforts. My goal is to bring a voice to the General Assembly for those struggling with mental health & substance abuse issues. We must continue to encourage those who can while at the same time helping others who can't help themselves.