LIGHTNING VOTER GUIDE: N.C. Senate District 48
The candidates for state Senate District 48 are challenger Brian Caskey, a Democrat, and Chuck Edwards, the Republican incumbent.
Caskey, 49, is mayor professional tem of the city of Mills River. He and his spouse, Stacey, are co-owners of Biltmore Tutoring. Caskey has two daughters — Caitlyn, a nurse in Asheville, and Allison, a senior at West Henderson Excessive College.
Edwards, 60, has been within the state Senate since 2016. He’s proprietor of seven McDonald’s franchises within the Henderson and Buncombe counties. He and his spouse, Teresa, are the mother and father of two youngsters. They stay in Flat Rock.
Why are you working for election to the N.C. Basic Meeting?
Caskey: I’m working for a State Senate seat as a result of, regardless of being the primary Democrat ever elected in Mills River, I’ve been capable of work throughout the aisle and get so much completed for the nice of the neighborhood. There are photo voltaic panels on the roof of each town-owned constructing in Mills River. That reduces our power bills by 77 p.c. Primarily based on resident suggestions, we’re additionally investing in greenways and constructing new parks and ballfields. It’s time for North Carolinians to elevate their eyes to the horizon, and permit our state to grow to be first in schooling, first in agriculture and first in business.
Edwards: We’re at main crossroads on this nation. The values that made us nice are underneath a colossal assault. We see forces of socialism, lawlessness and unabashed spending that might be of epochal consequence. We discover our freedoms are being snatched from beneath our eyes. I see my authorities service as an extension of my well-known service to this neighborhood. I need to battle these threats — and assist guarantee a vivid future for N.C. households, youngsters and small companies. The tenure and obligations I’ve now earned within the Senate place me to make a optimistic distinction for our district.
The 2 political events have expressed totally different views on the actions of the Cooper administration concerning the coronavirus pandemic. What do you consider these actions? What would you do in a different way?
Edwards: Early on, whereas the impact of Covid-19 on our society was unknown, the proper determination was to pause lengthy sufficient to find out with what we’re dealing. Shortly armed with extra info and after understanding that our hospitals weren’t being overrun as feared, we must always have begun to permit N.C. to soundly reopen and permit our residents to offer for his or her households and go about their lives. After all, precautions are nonetheless wanted, however you may have a look at our neighboring states that selected to honor the rights of people and companies over political egos and see that there have been higher options.
Caskey: The industries that took the largest hit in the course of the lockdown had been hospitality and schooling. My spouse and I personal a tutoring middle, and we didn’t take pay for 4 months whereas ensuring that our staff had been paid. My opponent took a PPP bailout value between $1 and $2 million, whereas companies on Major Road closed for good. Gov. Cooper and NCDHHS had been involved about public well being, they usually had been aggressive about defending us from Covid. The bulk get together within the Basic Meeting performed political video games, combating the governor as a substitute of working with him. North Carolinians deserve higher.
Gov. Cooper and the Legislature have been in a standoff over Medicaid enlargement for 4 years. What’s your place on Medicaid enlargement?
Edwards: I oppose the one-size-fits-all enlargement of Medicaid. After all I need to see each citizen have entry to well being care however this isn’t the answer. That is maybe essentially the most overpoliticized and misunderstood concern I’ve seen debated during the last decade. Whereas this enlargement is flaunted as “free” it clearly is just not. There are excessive fiscal and human prices. The Governor’s proposal is anticipated to price as much as $171.3 million within the first 12 months alone. Even my opponent admitted, “the opposite 10 p.c can be paid by different staff.” Which means increased taxes and better premiums.
Caskey: We’re already paying for Medicaid enlargement. After we pay our federal taxes, the half that may very well be coming again to North Carolina is as a substitute going to New York and different states. By saying sure to Medicaid enlargement, we’d comply with a federal program that prices nothing and would convey again $4 billion in income. It will additionally add 40,000 jobs, lots of them in Buncombe and Henderson counties, and insure at the least 635,000 of our mates and neighbors. We have to comply with Medicaid enlargement and guarantee that we’re getting what we’re already paying for.
What different priorities do you’ve gotten for the district you hope to symbolize and the state of North Carolina in case you are elected?
Caskey: I consider in equity and fairness, and that the present system is stacked towards the working man. Whereas I consider in maintaining taxes low (and have elevated providers in Mills River whereas dropping the tax price), I don’t consider that out-of-state firms ought to take pleasure in a particular benefit, as they do now. I consider that we must always reap the benefits of the greatness of our capitalist system, in order that we are able to prolong a serving to hand to those that want it. So, let’s make certain our children are getting an incredible schooling, let’s shield the atmosphere, and let’s develop Medicaid.
Edwards: My priorities embody working for households, youngsters, and small companies in my district via a robust financial system, nice jobs, a results-oriented schooling system, a law-abiding society, and the safety of our freedoms. I’m a small businessman that’s proud to be endorsed by small companies and by legislation enforcement. I’d be honored to once more have your vote to serve you for an additional time period within the N.C. Senate. To be taught extra about me, please go to ChuckEdwardsNC.com.