On November 8, 2016, voters in North Carolina will elect a new member to the United States Senate: Richard Burr (R-NC), Deborah Ross (D-NC), or Sean Haugh (L-NC).
Each candidate has a distinct legislative platform from their opponents. Both Ross and Haugh are hoping to foster enough support to replace Burr as a North Carolina Senator.
Republican incumbent Richard Burr is known for his conservative political stance and veteran-friendly legislation.
“Supporting the members of the military and their families is critically important to me and I’m pleased that today’s legislation would address sorely needed projects in North Carolina as well as fund programs for our veterans,” Republican Senator Richard Burr stated. “I’m excited to get back to North Carolina and listen to families across the state about the issues that matter most.”
Burr is also known for publicly and actively supporting presidential nominee Donald Trump in the 2016 elections.
“I always said I would support the nominee and it’s clear @realDonaldTrump has won the #Republican Presidential Primary,” Burr said in a tweet. “I look forward to working with Mr. Trump at the top of the ticket and to maintaining a #GOP Senate. There will not be a third term for a Clinton/Obama Administration in the White House. #NeverHillary.”
Democratic candidate Deborah Ross’ political campaign places emphasis on education reform and assisting the working class.
“The best way to grow our economy is to create good jobs so that working people can realize greater economic security,” Ross stated. “When people feel secure, they buy houses, start businesses, and invest money back into the economy. Far too many North Carolinians work hard but are unable to gain economic security because the deck has been stacked against them.”
Ross directs much of her legislative attention towards education reform, citing her strong belief on the importance of education as motivation.
“In order to strengthen our economy every child needs access to a high-quality public education,” Ross said. “This starts with expanding early learning and pre-school access, so that all children, regardless of their parents’ income or zip code are well prepared for school and have the opportunity to live up to their God-given potential.”
Libertarian Sean Haugh’s agenda varies from his opponents but leans slightly towards the left wing. Haugh ran unopposed within his party’s primary election.
Haugh favors right wing conservative legislation on issues such as minimum wage, for varying economic reasons.
“Look, the problem is not that workers don’t get enough dollars. The problem is workers’ dollars don’t go far enough,” Haugh stated. “In order to truly provide living wages, we must strengthen the value of the dollar and make it possible again for one person in some average job to make enough money to provide for their entire family.”
Haugh sides with left wing liberals on other types of legislation.
“So, the big public issue of the day is who gets to go to the bathroom where? Really?” Haugh commented. “Human rights belong to everybody, equally. Our laws should reflect that basic truth, instead of continually finding new protected classes of people to grant special protection.”
Haugh, Ross, and Burr will all be on the November election ballot along with the presidential vote.