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The Campaign Trail
Farmers For Tillis Committee Announced PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 28 November 2019 06:37
The Tillis for Senate campaign today announced the co-chairs of “Farmers for Tillis.” This group of eight agricultural leaders will head the effort to organize fellow farmers who support Senator Tillis, as well as assist the campaign in spreading his pro-farmer record across the state during the primary and general elections. 
This is the third coalition that the Tillis campaign has unveiled in as many weeks, and follows the release of the “Grassroots” and “Veterans for Tillis” leadership teams. The co-chairs of “Farmers for Tillis” are: 
Congressman David Rouzer, Member of the House Committee on Agriculture
Steve Troxler, Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs
State Senator Brent Jackson, Former Chairman of the Senate Agriculture/Environment/Natural Resources Committee
State Representative Jimmy Dixon, Senior Chair of the Agriculture Committee in the NC House
Alice Scott, Chairwoman of the North Carolina Farm Service Agency State Committee
Johnny Barnes, Sweet Potato Farmer, Nash County
Jeffrey Lee, Sweet Potato Farmer, Johnston County
Bert Lemkes, Greenhouse Vegetable Grower, Henderson County
“I’m proud of the progress President Trump and I have made together to support North Carolina’s number one industry, but there’s still more to be done,” said Senator Tillis. “It’s time Nancy Pelosi focuses less on impeaching President Trump, and more helping North Carolina farmers by passing the USMCA. I will not stop fighting until the USMCA is signed into law, and I am humbled to have the support of so many agriculture leaders across the state who will assist me in that effort.”
“No one cares more about North Carolina’s farm families and our rural communities than Senator Thom Tillis,” said Congressman Rouzer. “He has been — and continues to be — a great and vocal advocate for North Carolina agriculture and common sense policies to keep it viable. At a time when the challenges facing American agriculture have never been greater, Thom Tillis’ voice and expertise is needed more than ever in the U.S. Senate.”
“There has been no greater friend to our agricultural community than Senator Tillis,” added Commissioner Steve Troxler. “All North Carolinians are better off because of the critical work he did to get legislation like the Farm Bill over the finish line, and I look forward to partnering with him to benefit our farmers in the future.” 
State Representative Jimmy Dixon said, “Many of the issues that face North Carolina farmers are bigger than what we are able to tackle in Raleigh. That is why I am so thankful to have a strong partner like Senator Tillis in Washington who is fighting to boost our agriculture industry and for strong trade deals.” 
“Senator Tillis genuinely cares about the challenges facing farmers in North Carolina, and he has my full support,” said Alice Scott. “He has personally visited my business and has an incredible depth of knowledge on how we can further reduce the regulatory burdens facing our industry and allow it to thrive.”
“Senator Tillis has my full support,” added Johnny Barnes. “He understands how important it is that we enhance the access farmers have to rural broadband so we can expand our markets and run more efficient businesses. I know he will continue to build on his accomplishments when we reelect him to another term.”
“Farmers in North Carolina know they have an ally in Senator Tillis,” said Jeffrey Lee. “He has been a tenacious advocate for USMCA, and he has my full support in his effort to get it passed and signed into law by President Trump.”
Bert Lemkes said, “North Carolina farmers have taken advantage of by China and other countries for far too long, and it is refreshing that we finally have a leader like Senator Tillis who is working to stand up to them. I am confident in Senator Tillis’ and President Trump’s ability to secure trade agreements that lead us to further prosperity, and look forward to helping his reelection efforts.”
Gubernatorial Candidate Dan Forest Announces Education Plan PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 28 November 2019 06:17
Gubernatorial candidate Lt. Governor Dan Forest announced his edcuation plan. 
Under the Forest administration, North Carolina’s public schools will be flexible enough to adapt to the demands of the modern economy while boosting academic performance. Parents will also have greater ability to choose a high-quality school setting that works for their child.
“We're going to do whatever it takes to make sure that we're preparing our students for the life in front of them right now,” Forest said. “That's how you put students first."
The plan is Forest's second major policy announcement in his 2020 campaign for Governor. In September, Forest announced a military policy that will establish North Carolina as the clear No. 1 most military-friendly state in the country.
Forest's education policy hinges on four projects.
1) Parents Pick. This initiative will offer parents more options to find schools that work for their children by protecting and expanding the Opportunity Scholarship program and putting public charter schools on a level playing field with traditional systems.
2) Four in the Door. This project will ensure our traditional public schools are safe and effective by ensuring each one has an empowered principal, an armed security guard, a computer science teacher and a trade professional.
3) ACT Now. This project increases transparency and accountability in North Carolina’s education system.
4) Learn and Earn. This initiative will expand opportunities for students to save money on college tuition and graduate with advanced credentials.
Last Updated on Thursday, 28 November 2019 06:39
Western Governors Chancellor Will Run For Superintendent Of Public Instruction PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 28 November 2019 06:04
Republican Catherine Truitt, Chancellor of non-profit Western Governors University North Carolina (WGU NC), has officially declared her candidacy for North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Truitt believes her unique background has led to this moment. 
“I’ve had a very unusual career for someone who began as a classroom teacher,” Truitt said.  “I trained to be a high school English teacher but found myself teaching in all kinds of settings, including elementary school and young adults in the British school system.  My husband’s career as a naval officer meant we moved every few years, so I just bloomed where I was planted.” 
After her husband’s 14 years of active duty service in the U.S. Navy, Truitt and her family moved to North Carolina. She was a classroom teacher in Johnston County for three years and a turnaround coach before joining Governor Pat McCrory’s office as his senior advisor on education.
“This position provided an incredible ‘boot camp’ for someone like me who knew a lot about teaching but had not been exposed to education-related politics at the state level,” Truitt said. “The opportunity to see how all levels of education — from Pre-K to workforce development — function (or not) as a continuum made me sit up and take notice.  The policy decisions we make before a child even starts school can have an impact on whether they are college and career ready and able to contribute to the economy after graduation.”
“My career in education as a teacher, a policy maker, and a higher education trailblazer as well as my experience as a parent have shown me that leadership of K-12 education in North Carolina needs to be about two things,” Truitt continued. “First, we must recognize that every decision made about education in our state should begin with one simple question: ‘Is this what is best for students?’  Second, we must chart a path that ensures there is a highly qualified teacher in all public school classrooms across the state.  Anything less is unacceptable.”
“I also believe that the best solutions for improving education for North Carolina students begin in the classrooms and local schools across our state – not in Raleigh, and certainly not in Washington, D.C.,” Truitt concluded. “The Department of Public Instruction should be focused on being the voice of students and educators through partnering with local teachers, principals, and superintendents and giving them the flexibility necessary to overcome the unique challenges their students, schools, and school districts face. More top down ‘solutions’ from Raleigh are not the answer.”
Catherine’s husband, Jeff, is a Captain in the Navy Reserve.  Their three children, Susie, Chorley, and Charles, attend Wake County Public Schools.
Last Updated on Thursday, 28 November 2019 06:09
DPI Superintendent Will Run For Lieutenant Governor PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 28 November 2019 06:01
State Superintendent Mark Johnson is running for lieutenant governor in 2020.The lieutenant governor presides over Senate debate and is a member of the State Board of Education. 
Johnson said “change is needed in Raleigh as more of the same is not working.” He becomes at least the 13th announced candidate who is hoping to replace Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, who is unable to seek re-election due to term limits. Forest is running for governor.
“North Carolina deserves a leader who will fight to make all government more accountable, more efficient, and more transparent,” Johnson said in his campaign announcement. “That’s why today I am declaring my candidacy for Lt. Governor of North Carolina. 
“I’ve seen first-hand how bad state government can be. I’ve already been in the trenches fighting the deep state in state bureaucracy.”
The candidates who’ve begun campaigns for lieutenant governor include:
▪ State Rep. Yvonne Holley, a Raleigh Democrat in her fourth term.
▪ State Sen. Terry Van Duyn, an Asheville Democrat who has been a member of the legislature since 2014.
▪ Hoke County Commissioner Allen Thomas, a Democrat.
▪ Bill Toole, a Charlotte lawyer and a former chairman of the Gaston County Democratic Party.
▪ State Rep. Chaz Beasley, a Charlotte Democrat serving his second term.
▪ Buddy Bengel, a New Bern Republican. Bengel is a businessman and owner of the Morehead City Marlins baseball team.
▪ Former U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers, a Dunn Republican. Ellmers served three terms in Congress before losing a GOP primary in 2016.
▪ Deborah Cochran, a former Mount Airy mayor and a Republican who is currently a high school business teacher.
▪ Former state Rep. Scott Stone, a Mecklenburg County Republican.
▪ Mark Robinson, a Republican from Greensboro.
▪ Greg Gebhardt, a Holly Springs Republican and North Carolina National Guard soldier.
▪ State Sen. Andy Wells, a Hickory Republican,
The governor and lieutenant governor don’t run as a ticket in North Carolina.
Last Updated on Thursday, 28 November 2019 06:10

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