I cannot believe it is already the end of September! Early voting for these important 2018 election starts in fewer than three weeks! Time has raced by as I have called voters, knocked on nearly 2,000 doors, communicated with you via these video messages, and done everything I can to run a successful race. I am so excited by how much support we’ve received for our campaign. Equally important, I’ve learned so much about the 96th District, about you and the issues you care about. I’ve talked with people with genuine concerns about making ends meet, with worries about how to pay medical bills, and uncertainties about being able to retire. I listen and I learn.
I have spent September outlining my ideas on what I can do as a state legislator to improve our region’s economy, bring better jobs to the area, and make sure our workforce has the training to do them.
I want to keep hearing and sharing your stories - stories I’ve heard from workers as well as small-business owners who are navigating our changing economy, and I continue to gain insight from our regional economic development experts. I want to close this month with some quick thoughts about possibilities for our area.
I am excited to work with all the public and private partners that are making a difference in the lives and livelihoods of people in the district. The Western Piedmont Council of Governments has created long-range transportation plans to make the necessary connections between our production centers. The City Walk project includes plans to bring high-speed digital internet to everyone in this area. There are innovative plans in the works to provide more affordable housing downtown and to revitalize many of the old factories here. These are just some of the policy initiatives this area needs to make us more attractive to businesses, young families, and everyone who is committed to improving our economy.
Our state’s economy is in a unique position with an historically low unemployment rate. My opponent brags that he stands for jobs, but we actually have plenty of jobs. Instead of more low-paying, low-skill jobs, the state needs to provide the infrastructure, technology, and skilled workers for the companies that make Catawba County their home. Although, we have competing priorities that will require sober non-partisan reflection, discussion, and decisions on what is best for all citizens, we must think more creatively about ways to get Catawba County the support we need to thrive.
Thanks for being here, and I hope you join me next month as I look at healthcare in the state.
We are fast approaching the end of this hard-fought race, and I am asking you to help me cross the finish line. We need volunteers to help us work the early voting sites, to continue to knock doors, and to make phone calls. I appreciate all your support during this campaign to bring real change to North Carolina. With your commitment to help and to vote, we will win in November.