Elections 2012 Endorsements

Pat McCrory for governor

In the race to succeed Gov. Beverly Perdue, North Carolinians should elect Pat McCrory, an effective leader with a proven record in public service.

In his 14 years as mayor of Charlotte, McCrory oversaw its transformation into a booming metropolitan city that embodies the New South.

His business-friendly positions and ambitious plan for public education make him able to effectively lead this state.

Additionally, McCrory has a demonstrated ability to work well with Republicans, Democrats and independents alike.

However, this endorsement does not come without reservations.

Four years ago, McCrory ran for governor as a moderate Republican. While he continues to address the state’s economic woes with pragmatic solutions, his support for Amendment One and the complete repeal of the Affordable Care Act is disconcerting.

Also troubling would be the lack of balanced partisan control in government.

Democrat Walter Dalton’s years of public service to North Carolina are commendable, but he offers little hope of changing the status quo in Raleigh. Dalton also demonstrates an insufficient ability to work well with the Republican-controlled General Assembly.

We recommend a vote for McCrory.

David Price for Congress

David Price deserves your vote for the United States Fourth Congressional District. For the past 26 years, aside from two in the mid-1990s, Price has proudly represented the fourth district.

The UNC graduate is a staunch supporter of more funding for education and an advocate for the UNC system at the federal level. Price wants to ensure higher education in our state remains affordable by expanding Pell grants and reforming student loan and aid policies.

While a supporter of alternative forms of energy, Price does not support offshore drilling along the state’s coast. Nor does he believe there is enough research to begin “fracking” in the state.
Price’s education and energy stances also best line up with UNC students’ interests.

Ellie Kinnaird for N.C. Senate

Senator Ellie Kinnaird is, by disposition, forthright and pragmatic. After 23 years of elected office in Orange County — eight years as mayor of Carrboro and 15 years in the N.C. Senate ­­— Kinnaird knows what her goals are and how to achieve them.

Her goals and accomplishments are reflective of the community she represents. She has fought the death penalty successfully, implemented numerous environmental protections and authored the bill that eventually led to one-stop early voting.

She is a tireless advocate for education at all levels. She recognizes the need for higher education to provide skills employers demand but has made clear her heart is with the liberal arts.

Kinnaird’s values best embody the values of UNC and Orange County.

Valerie Foushee for N.C. House

Democrat Valerie Foushee is the best candidate for District 50 of the N.C. House of Representatives.

Foushee has clear plans regarding how to improve the state’s economy. She also has extensive experience in local politics.

The county commissioner worked in the Chapel Hill Police Department for 21 years, and has served on the Board of Education for Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools.

These experiences are reflective of her strong political leadership and provide her with a useful perspective about the issues facing the district.

Her main goals include restoring funding to education, bringing transparency to the General Assembly and making it more accessible, and investing in businesses.

Foushee’s main priority is to restore funding to all levels of education. She believes the role of higher education is to foster research, innovation and entrepreneurship.

On energy, Foushee is opposed to fracking until further research is released, and is a proponent of continuing investment to alternate forms of energy.

Foushee’s stances on education, energy and attracting investment make her the ideal candidate for N.C. House District 50.

Verla Inkso for N.C. House

Rep. Verla Insko has spent eight terms in the state legislature advocating for a multitude of issues affecting North Carolina, making her the best candidate for the N.C. House of Representatives 56th District seat.

She sees education as a long-term investment and supports expanding Pell grants to keep colleges accessible. Her view of the balance between workforce skills and a liberal arts education will benefit the UNC system and its students as a whole.

She is also supportive of alternative forms of energy and advocates for subsidizing them in order to maintain sustainable practices for North Carolina.

Between her support for education at all levels and sustainable energy practices for the state, Rep. Insko should be re-elected to her position.

Bernadette Pelissier for commissioner

Incumbent Bernadette Pelissier has served on the Orange County Board of Commissioners since 2008.

She has made strides in the past four years while serving as a commissioner, including passing the quarter-cent sales tax, which gave the county another source of revenue to invest in economic development.

She also helped streamline the county by cutting the budget without sacrificing workers and services. She worked to increase government transparency by further involving the public.

Pelissier is a strong proponent of the transit tax, specifically to fund the increase of services on certain bus routes, including on evenings and weekends. These increases would provide major benefits to students.

Pelissier’s experience in improving the county makes her the best candidate.

Renee Price for commissioner

Renee Price is the best choice in this election for Orange County commissioner of District 2.

Price is an experienced leader who has seen a myriad of issues throughout her time working in New York and Orange County.

Ever since her involvement in protecting the Eno River ecosystem, Renee has been an advocate the environment.

Many students will be able to relate to Price because she is an advocate for affordable housing. Her goal to improve town hall meetings and bring more transparency to local government is a way for students to get more involved in local politics.

She plans on promoting more small business by creating business incubators throughout the area, something she hopes could encourage more public-private partnerships throughout the county. An influx of small business could lead to more jobs for students and recent graduates.

In addition, Price is a strong supporter of the proposed transit tax, particularly the increase in bus routes for UNC students and county residents. Her opponent, Chris Weaver, said he is not concerned about representing students.

For these reasons, the editorial board endorses Renee Price for county commissioner of District 2.

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