Reviving the American Dream
“What the world needs is people that see something that needs to be done, and they just start doing it.”
— Wendell Berry
I have crossed this amazing country over one-hundred times driving trucks, delivering furniture, listening to working people — farmers and business folks alike — for quite some time. I am ready to start doing something about what I have heard them say. I am now campaigning to hear what you have to say and stand to be a voice for all of us.
Since November of 2016, we have seen our country fall into severe distress and heightened tensions across a wide spectrum of its citizenry. I am not sure any among us imagined that it would descend this quickly. We as a nation, and North Carolina as a state, deserve better. We should demand it.
The Thirteenth district deserves a Representative in Washington that will stand up to Donald Trump and Paul Ryan. Between Russia, Manafort, Flynn, North Korea, Mueller, Sessions, and now Charlottesville and its continuing aftershocks, we now know that Ted Budd does not have it in him to stand up for anything other than corporate profits under the guise of a twisted and misguided version of righteousness. We must all collectively denounce Nazism, fascism, and racism. We must all stand for justice. We are now responsible for our shared history.
With your support, I will stand up to Trump and Paul Ryan. I will stand up for all North Carolinians. There are too many people hurting, and we cannot turn a blind eye to injustice the way this administration and Congress have so viciously done.
My eyes are open.
My wife Amanda and I had our only child undergo open heart surgery two years ago. My wife is one of millions of women who live in constant fear of what healthcare will look like in the future for children such as our son with pre-existing conditions. We cannot claim to be a great nation and allow 15-20 million people thrown off healthcare. Shame on this President and shame on this Congress. We cannot allow this to happen.
I have lived in Africa, the Ivory Coast, torn by civil war. A country where the average wage was 3 dollars a day, and the unemployment rate was seventy percent. I have worked with children of Appalachia for 7 summers who never knew from where the next meal was coming, or when the abuse from the hands of their “guardians” would end. Amanda spent five years serving the homeless Veteran community of the triad under the HUD-VASH Obama initiative which decreased homelessness amongst Veterans by seventy percent. Before that, she worked serving sexually abused children caught in systems with no advocates. We are tired of seeing people and crucial organizations starved of resources and the opportunities for quality education, much less food on their tables. Significant changes need to be made in our education systems which currently do not prepare people for the coming economy — where fifty percent of all workers will be 1099 employees who never know how or when the next paycheck is coming.
I will commit my efforts in Washington and in NC’s 13th district to overturn Citizens United, stop the hollow and malicious efforts to ratchet up the War on Drugs, work toward significant progress in mental health reform, and fight to join the industrialized world in regards to healthcare.
The US has been subjected to a vicious and twisted profit-driven experiment for far too long, seeking to prove that we can drive down the cost of healthcare at the mercy of lobbyists and dark money. We cannot afford to accept it any longer.
I am a Quaker, a faith tradition and community in NC with an irrefutable reputation of working tirelessly to improve our lives with commitments to justice, peace and equality.
The 13th district race was the closest Congressional race in NC in 2016. Do not forget that the AHCA passed the House by TWO votes. The closest race in the 2018 Congressional election will easily be here in North Carolina. With your help, we can repeal Ted Budd and have a voice in Washington that makes our state proud again.
Please support me for North Carolina’s 13th district Congressman.
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Profession: Small Business Owner, Farmer, Truck Driver
Education: Graduate of Grimsley High School, BA from Appalachian State in Interdisciplinary Studies.
Lived in Greensboro, Lake Norman, Boone, and Ivory Coast, Africa.
Worked in the Banking/Investments, Furniture/Trucking, Construction, Communications, and Non-Profit industries.
President of a three-county affiliate for the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
DID I MENTION NO TO FRACKING
FIGHTING FOR FARMERS
HONORING OUR VETERANS
HOPE FOR THE NEXT GENERATION
OPPOSED TO FRACKING
- Mental Health Reform
- Equal pay for equal work
- Stopping Mass Incarceration
- Ending the war on drugs
- Investments and innovation in renewable energies
- Expansion of services for our veterans and their families
- Expanding Medicaid
- Acting as a voice of reason in Congress before sending our men and women in uniform into harm’s way
- A balanced budget and cuts in wasteful spending