Karen Albright, candidate for NC House District 59, on Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Greensboro, N.C.
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Profession: Paralegal studies, member or Goodness Grows with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture. Housewife.
Highest degree earned: Paralegal certificates, World Geography and Travel Destinations.
Leadership experience: I have worked with the Guilford County Board of Elections as a chief judge for the last three years. This position required a lot of teamwork and organizational skills. Goodness Grows of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture since 2006. I have led our marketing.
Civic involvement: I always advocate for groups who are lacking a voice. I encourage people to vote and stand up for what they believe in. I am honest, ethical, and care about others. I volunteer for our community food banks and homeless shelters.
What experience qualifies you to serve in the N.C. House? I was born and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina, and have resided in my present home and district for the past 20 years. Both sides of my family came to N.C. in the 1600s. The North Carolina Constitutional requirements are: I am over 25 years old, I am a citizen of the U.S. for at least seven years, and must inhabit the district I represent.
What is the most pressing issue or legislation you would pursue if elected? Health care and comfort for our aging citizens, Medicaid, Medicare, Social Services, Health Services, poverty, natural resources and protecting our wildlife. To help our children and our next generation. The issue of mental health care help for our older and younger adults needs to be addressed. Also, there needs to be more available help for people suffering with alcohol and drug problems.
What is the impact on industry with renewable energy incentives for solar energy now eliminated? Solar energy is renewable because the sun will not run out for over five billion years. That means we will always be able to use solar energy. An incentive would be to sell your excess solar energy to Duke Power.
What do you propose to close the coverage gap in health insurance for 400,000 North Carolinians? I would have to hear what people have to say in my District 59 to know what to take to Raleigh.
What would you do to address the monitoring and cleanup, if needed, of potentially harmful chemicals such as PFOS and GenX that are in our air and water supplies? First you have to find the source of these chemicals. I think Rep. Ted Davis from Wilmington’s idea of working with all state environmental agencies in North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia and West Virginia to see what pollutions might be flowing into North Carolina waters from across its borders. Find the source and clean it up.
What are your thoughts on an independent commission for redistricting? Why would you want to bring in an independent commission from California under the Democratic push to change our district lines. Our North Carolina General Assembly is required to redraw these districts following each decennial census due to population changes and the need to maintain equal representation.
The Parkland, Florida, school shooting has put gun rights vs. control back in the spotlight. What is your stance on the issue? There are some serious mental issues in these tragedies. Anytime someone calls the authorities and warns them, they should act. There needs to be more mental help for our youth who have issues to deal with. Maybe a fence around schools with a metal detector at the entrances. All doors on lockdown from the outside. Cameras around the premises, seen in a room for our …