District 2 Representative

There are five primary candidates for the office of District 2 Representative. There are four Democratic candidates and one Libertarian candidate.  The candidates are as follows:

Monika Johnson-Hostler (D)
Ollie Oneal Nelson (D)
Deborah K. Ross (D)
Andrew (Andy) Terrell (D)
Jeff Matemu (L)
 
Two candidates, Ollie Oneal Nelson (D) and Jeff Matemu (L), did not respond to our survey, so you will not see them mentioned below.

The primary candidates for the office of Representative for House District 2 were each asked the following questions:

Question 1: What are your top three priorities?

Photo of Andrew Terrell

Andrew "Andy" Terrell (D)

1) Universal Healthcare

2) Increasing Educational Funding including Historically Black Colleges

3) Climate Change and its Economic impact

Photo of Deborah Ross

Deborah K. Ross (D)

Healthcare

Climate Change

Education

Transportation

Photo of Monika Johnson Hostler

Monika Johnson Hostler (D)

1. Expanding access to affordable, quality healthcare to every American.

2. Improving our public school system, increase funding, and finding innovative ways to increase the quality of our children education

3. Continue my fight against Sexual and domestic violence in Congress

Question 2: What will you do to make college and vocational training more affordable and accessible?

Photo of Andrew Terrell

Andrew "Andy" Terrell (D)

1) Increase Pell Grants

2) Limit interest rates on Students while increasing paths to debt forgiveness as a path to debt free higher public education including Historical Black Colleges

3) Increase Community Partnership with Skilled Trade Union Apprenticeships with a focus on outreach to 8-12 grades presenting Electrician, Plumbers, and other skilled trades as viable career paths.

Photo of Deborah Ross

Deborah K. Ross (D)

Lower the cost of tuition, lower interest rates on student loans, make community college and vocational training as low cost as possible

Photo of Monika Johnson Hostler

Monika Johnson Hostler (D)

I think that we should make targeted vocational training free of charge to anyone who commits to a vocation that we are in need of. Overall affordability of college, I think the right and most immediate step would be to freeze all public university tuition, significantly expand our grant system to cover the costs for STEM majors and teaching majors. We need to make student loans interest free through the federal government, and look to increase loan forgiveness to folks that need it.

Question 3: How will you improve access to medical care in rural and low-income communities?

Photo of Andrew Terrell

Andrew "Andy" Terrell (D)

1) Universal healthcare including mental health, dental, women's health issues, vision, and hearing.

2) Increase and expand the subsidize rate for rural hospitals and healthcare agencies to keep them open.

3) Increase Community Health Centers controlled by the county to focus on the county's needs and not profit margins while providing mental healthcare.

Photo of Deborah Ross

Deborah K. Ross (D)

Expand Medicaid and offer more low cost insurance options to low income individuals.

Photo of Monika Johnson Hostler

Monika Johnson Hostler (D)

Obamacare's model with Medicaid expansion created additional opportunities for our health deserts. We need to continue to build on that through a broader Obamacare style bill, and ultimately by transitioning to Medicare for all.

Question 4: What will you do to promote more affordable and accessible housing?

Photo of Andrew Terrell

Andrew "Andy" Terrell (D)

1) Enforce Americans with Disability Act

2) Reverse rollback on the Fair Housing Act

3) Fully fund HUD and to work with them to create additional affordable housing stock in Wake County

Photo of Deborah Ross

Deborah K. Ross (D)

Expand programs that provide grants and low interest loans for affordable and accessible housing. Provide incentives for private developers to add affordable and accessible housing.

Photo of Monika Johnson Hostler

Monika Johnson Hostler (D)

Make significant investments federally to build additional affordable housing units, and create a financial incentives program to developers that build affordable, regulated units, without gentrifying existing neighborhoods. Expand our section 8 federal housing program by giving vouchers to folks who have been waiting.

Question 5: Would you support the elimination of subminimum wage?

Photo of Andrew Terrell

Andrew "Andy" Terrell (D)

Everyone deserves the minimum wage. The minimum must be raised to a livable wage.

Photo of Deborah Ross

Deborah K. Ross (D)

I would raise the federal minimum wage.

Photo of Monika Johnson Hostler

Monika Johnson Hostler (D)

Yes.

Question 6: In response to litigation under other states’ laws, some members of Congress have sought to limit the right of people with disabilities to seek the removal of barriers under the ADA. Do you support limiting who can bring a claim for accessibility of public accommodations under the ADA?

Photo of Andrew Terrell

Andrew "Andy" Terrell (D)

The so-called ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 does nothing but undermine the spirit and the letter of the ADA. I will never support any legislation that creates wiggle room for businesses from adhering to ADA.

Photo of Deborah Ross

Deborah K. Ross (D)

I fully support the ADA and do not support limiting who can bring a claim.

Photo of Monika Johnson Hostler

Monika Johnson Hostler (D)

I believe that anyone, regardless of disability should have immediate and unencumbered access to good, affordable healthcare. I do not support limiting claims for accessibility.

Copyright © 2020 Access the Vote NC - DRNC