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Mike Woodard
People’s Alliance PAC 2014 Questionnaire
for NC Senate Candidates
Candidate’s name: Mike Woodard
Senate Dis...
5. Would you support strengthening the state watershed protection rules to protect drinking
water supplies even if it me...
12. Please describe how your religious and philosophical beliefs may affect your conduct and
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Mike Woodard PA-PAC 2014 NC Senate Questionnaire


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Sen. Mike Woodard, candidate for North Carolina Senate District 22, People's Alliance PAC 2014 Questionnaire

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Mike Woodard PA-PAC 2014 NC Senate Questionnaire

  1. 1. 1 Mike Woodard People’s Alliance PAC 2014 Questionnaire for NC Senate Candidates Candidate’s name: Mike Woodard Senate District: 22 Residence address: 2009 Woodrow Street, Durham, NC 27705 Cell-phone Number: 919.599.5143 E-mail: 1. What is your understanding of the relationship between the NC DENR and Duke Power? Who should pay for the cleanup of the Dan River coal ash spill? - the Duke Power ratepayers, the Duke Power shareholders, the NC taxpayers, others? Since the Dan River runs through Caswell County when it leaves Danville, and Duke Energy maintains two other coal ash ponds in Person County, this is a critical issue for District 22. I was the first legislator to tour the Eden site and was appalled at what I saw. It is clear that we as a state government—legislative and executive branches— have not properly regulated the coal ash ponds throughout their existence over the last 50+ years. The Kingston, TN spill should have been a wake-up call, but, sadly, it wasn’t. I am confident that relevant legislation will come out of the short session, and I am actively working on such a bill. The cost for cleaning up the Dan River and for relocating the coal ash should be borne wholly by Duke Energy shareholders. 2. In what circumstances it would be appropriate for North Carolina’s state and local governments to enact environmental regulations that are stricter than minimum federal environmental regulatory standards? Please explain. State and local governments should have this ability in all circumstances, unless the actions endanger the public or are unconstitutional. Likewise, local governments should have the ability to enact regulations stricter than state regulations. Such regulations should be a matter for local residents to decide through their local elections. 3. Please explain your views on state preemption of local regulatory authority, including stormwater regulatory matters and hydraulic fracturing. I am opposed to the state preempting local regulatory authority and worked actively against all such efforts during my first term. 4. What is your position on public funding for vouchers/charter schools/private schools? Do you support the McCrory administration’s current proposal related to teacher salaries? I oppose public funding for school vouchers and private schools. I support public funding for charter schools that are properly overseen by the Department of Public Instruction and work in cooperation with their communities’ local education agencies.
  2. 2. 2 5. Would you support strengthening the state watershed protection rules to protect drinking water supplies even if it meant restricting the density of developments in proximity to the water supplies? Yes. 6. The McCrory administration refused Federal funding to extend Medicare [Medicaid] Funding in North Carolina. Do you agree with this? In light of this, what can be done to extend health care funding to North Carolinians? I did not support the administration’s and legislative leadership’s decision to refuse expanded Medicaid funding and vigorously argued against it in committee and floor debates. I will continue working hard to protect Community Care of North Carolina and our local community health care centers, and to resist any efforts to use commercial managed-care organizations. 7. What type of revenue/tax structure would you support for North Carolina? How can the state best balance the need to raise revenues with tax fairness and a desire to minimize the impact of taxes on economic decisions? I support a plan that: establishes one personal income tax bracket (six percent), exempts the first $11,000 for joint returns, and replaces standard and itemized deductions with tax credits; establishes the corporate income tax rate at six percent and eliminates many of the current credits; cuts the franchise tax rate, but extends it to LLCs; and reduces the sales tax rate to 4.5 percent and applies it to a broader range of services than those that have traditionally been taxed. 8. The 2009 Racial Justice Act (RJA) uncovered statewide racial bias in jury selection in death penalty cases. The evidence of bias remains, though the law has been repealed. Will you work to make sure no person is executed with evidence of racial bias as determined under the 2009 RJA? Yes. 9. What is your position on the Affordable Care Act and how it will affect North Carolina health care consumers and the medical care system? I support the Affordable Care Act. Despite the disastrous rollout of the website, implementation of the ACA will prove to be beneficial to health care consumers as less wealthy and younger populations will be better covered, in addition to those with preexisting conditions who will be guaranteed coverage. Eventually, we will see more insurance companies offer policies, providing a broader range of consumers with better and less costly choices. 10. What are your views on the rights (including whether any such rights exist) of homosexual persons to marry? Did you vote for or against Amendment One? Both the Constitution and recently-enacted federal laws, along with an increasing number of state laws, affirm the rights of same-sex couples to marry. I voted against— and actively worked against—Amendment One. 11. Are you conservative or liberal? Please choose one and then explain your answer. My views on political and social issues cannot be characterized in one word or a simple phrase.
  3. 3. 3 12. Please describe how your religious and philosophical beliefs may affect your conduct and decision making if you are elected. I try to live my life—personal, professional, and public—following two verses, one from the Old Testament and one from the New Testament. Micah 6:8 And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Matthew 22:34-40 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested Him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “’Love the Lord your God with all your hear and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” 13. Where were you born and where have you lived? My family traces its roots in eastern North Carolina back to the early 1700s, so I have always considered that home. My farther served in the Air Force for 22 years, and I was born in Charleston, SC when he was stationed there. During his career in the military, our family also lived in Anchorage, AK and Mountain Home, ID. Dad was sent to Vietnam when I was nine, and my mother, my brother, and I returned to my parents’ home county, Wilson, NC. I completed high school there and consider Wilson my hometown. After graduating from Duke, I chose to make Durham my home. 14. Have you ever been convicted of a criminal offense other than a minor traffic offense (such as speeding)? If the answer is yes, please describe the circumstances and the outcome. No. 15. Who did you vote for in the 2008 and 2012 presidential and gubernatorial elections? 2008: President Obama and Governor Perdue 2012: President Obama and Lieutenant Governor Dalton