My name is Kim Bost and I want to be your representative in the North Carolina legislature.
I live right here in Catawba County. I’m a small business owner, a concerned citizen, and most importantly, a parent.
My goal is that all of our children grow up in a North Carolina that:
- provides exceptional schools that meet the needs of every student from preschool through college,
- offers meaningful, fulfilling, and well-paying jobs, and
- delivers quality affordable healthcare for all its citizens, including those facing opioid addiction and mental health challenges.
I am not a politician. I am an ordinary citizen who wants to work with you to do extraordinary things for our community and state. I am Kim Bost, and I ask for your support and your vote on November 6th as I run for NC House 96.
This region is a great place to live, work, and raise a family. But we can do better -- especially in public education, job training, health and well being, and access to health care. I want to work with you to make our community a great place for all our citizens. Here's how:
Today’s students. Tomorrow’s leaders.
The North Carolina Constitution assures “The people have a right to the privilege of education, and it is the duty of the State to guard and maintain that right.”
Strong public education is the backbone of a strong society. Investing in our schools is the clearest way to ensure our young people are ready for the jobs of today and tomorrow. High quality public schools attract business and enhance our neighborhoods.
Do you remember when our state was the model for a state that prioritized public education? I do...and I want it to be that way again.
While people learn differently at every age, education starts with preschool and extends to college (including accessible community colleges) and to training for emerging vocations and technical fields.
Forty-seven states pay their high school teachers a higher wage than we do in North Carolina. Low salaries, larger class size, and limited funding are driving our excellent cadre of teachers to other careers and to states that pay better.
We want our representatives to value public education, to step up funding and overall improvement of our schools, to focus on training for displaced workers, and to fight for the brightest futures possible for our children. We can and must do better!
Everyone who wants to work should be able to find a job that pays a living wage. Too many of our citizens work two and three jobs to make ends meet.
Investing in our state's infrastructure, technology, and worker training makes North Carolina attractive to new industries and helps current businesses thrive. And economic development that makes us attractive to growing fields like renewable energy creates jobs while securing a better future for the next generation.
Our elected officials in Raleigh have done a solid job incentivizing solar development such that North Carolina ranks second in the nation next to California in solar energy production. Let's let these successes fuel our competitive spirit to be a hub of innovation, where workers have access to the training they need to qualify for these highly-skilled jobs.
As a prudent safety net, adequate unemployment insurance, job retraining options, and extended health insurance coverage can be available for citizens seeking new employment. No one should have to face financial ruin, bankruptcy, loss of home or health, and despair simply because they lost their job due to changes in the economy.
STRONG ECONOMY. HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT.
North Carolina’s beautiful natural resources are tied closely to decisions about economic development and ultimately to the state's prosperity. So it is important that we in Raleigh have the will to plan for economic growth that is consistent with environmental goals. We can identify development partners who respect the environment and hold them accountable. By laying the infrastructure groundwork to attract development partners and at the same time holding them accountable, we can have prosperity and a beautiful North Carolina countryside with clean air and water.
Protecting the environment also presents an economic opportunity for North Carolina. The smart grid, solar and wind power, green building, and energy efficiency industries already have a significant presence in our state. These industries are driving the creation of a new wave of jobs in research and development of green technologies. They are the future that will grow the economy with highly skilled, well-paying jobs that offer exciting career paths and new opportunities for prosperity.
This cooperative plan only works when state agencies charged with monitoring water and air quality have sufficient resources as well as legal and political authority to challenge industry insiders that might seek to undermine it. Environmental shortsightedness will quickly bring the threat of water shortages and deteriorating air quality.
Protections that preserve these essential resources like drinking water on the front end will cost much less than the necessary clean up of damage done to rivers, streams, and reservoirs. It matters how we set up our state for our children to inhabit and enjoy.
Affordable & Predictable.
Health care must be treated as a basic human right. All North Carolinians deserve access to affordable quality health care.
A healthy community is a stronger community as people are well enough to work and lead productive lives. No one should face financial ruin because they get sick or injured.
Accepting the Medicaid expansion will cover the quarter million citizens including children, low income families, people with disabilities, and the elderly who cannot currently get coverage, committing at the same time to increase mental health resources, especially for veterans and children.
Repair and support of the 2010 Affordable Care Act at the federal level is key to lowering premiums and stabilizing the insurance marketplace at the state level. Until that happens, our acceptance of the federal Medicaid expansion will cover many North Carolinians who currently are without insurance, reducing our uninsured rate.
Community Building and Infrastructure
People want to love where they live. We want to live, work, play, and raise our families in pleasant communities, with amenities and services that enhance our well being -- such as good restaurants, the arts, and entertainment.
State government, where I hope to serve you, is responsible for partnering with our local communities to set in place the infrastructure that underlies the development of the services and amenities we value.
What is community infrastructure? It refers to the places and spaces that accommodate a full range of community facilities and services, like parks, walkways, convenient parking, planned traffic flow, access via highways and bridges, water and waste disposal upgrades, community arts, services for the disabled, libraries, youth programs, access to universal broadband Internet, health care facilities for North Carolinians of all ages, and more.
Wise investment in upgrading infrastructure plays an important role in attracting business, industry, innovation, and pioneering technologies, and in turn supports the growth of our local economy.
The number of people who are without a home in our district is growing. It is incumbent on us all to plan to increase affordable housing options and emergency networks throughout our state.
The Second Amendment to the Constitution provides us the right to bear arms to protect ourselves and our families. At the same time we all share a responsibility to enact common sense gun laws that require all firearms be registered and kept from those who may not use them appropriately, including known terrorists, domestic abusers, and those with histories of violence-prone mental illness.
Childhood vaccines may be our society’s most important form of preventative medicine. Vaccinations have effectively eradicated infectious diseases such as polio, measles, and whooping cough - diseases that once posed serious health threats in the US. Having a large percentage of a population immunized - a situation known as herd immunity– protects both immunized and unimmunized individuals by limiting the spread of infection. For this reason I support the immunization schedule recommended by the CDC and required by NC schools, while supporting limited exemptions for medical or religious reasons.