The November election is coming up, so The Daily Tar Heel is breaking down every state and local office on the ballot, from governor to county commissioner. Here, we broke down who the North Carolina candidates are for commissioner of insurance.
North Carolina voters will elect either Wayne Goodwin or incumbent Mike Causey as commissioner of insurance.
The commissioner of insurance oversees the N.C. Department of Insurance and serves as the state’s fire marshal.
Duties of the commissioner of insurance include regulating the insurance industry, investigating insurance fraud and handling insurance-related complaints. The department also houses the Office of the State Fire Marshal, which trains fire and rescue personnel and improves building codes.
Goodwin, a Democrat, served as commissioner of insurance for two terms in 2009-2016, and is running for a third term. Goodwin said he has 29 years of experience as an attorney fighting against greedy practices of insurance companies.
Causey, a Republican, was elected as commissioner of insurance in 2016. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army and has more than 25 years of experience in the insurance industry as a manager, supervisor and agency owner.
Goodwin said his number one goal if elected would be improving access to affordable health insurance and addressing imperfections in the Affordable Care Act.
“It is not a perfect law," Goodwin said. "When it was passed by Congress, it had some problems with it, and I believe on the state level — and as an advocate on the national level — our insurance commissioner should be seeking to improve the law and protect consumers.”