District 4 Representative

There are six primary candidates for the office of District 4 Representative. There are four Republican candidates and two Democratic candidates.  The candidates are as follows:

David E. Price (D)
Daniel Ulysses Lockwood (D)
Debs Sarkar (R)
Nasir A. Shaikh (R)
Robert Thomas (R)
Steve A. (Von) Loor (R)

Three candidates, Debs Sarkar (R), Robert Thomas (R), Steve A. (Von) Loor (R), 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 4 were each asked the following questions:

Question 1: What are your top three priorities?

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Dr. Nasir Shaikh (R)

1. Defund Planned Parenthood

2. Balanced Budget Amendment

3. Foriegn Aid to be redirected to infrastructure projects for America First

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Daniel Ulysses Lockwood (D)

Our campaign’s top priorities are healthcare reform (passing Medicare for All), climate change (passing an ecosocialist Green New Deal), and criminal justice reform (ending the War on Drugs). We recognize that these issues are interwoven with each other. We firmly believe our solutions must be based on the understanding that all our problems are connected.

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David Price (D)

I filed for re-election in the newly drawn Fourth Congressional District to continue the fight for our democracy, affordable housing, improving our transportation infrastructure, expanded access to health care, combating gun violence, and a clean energy future. While there are many continuing challenges facing our nation, my top three issues are creating an economy that works for everyone, improved affordable housing and accessible, efficient transportation, and democratic reforms that give a voice to everyone.

NOTE: This answer was shortened by Disability Rights NC staff to meet the word limit.

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

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Dr. Nasir Shaikh (R)

1. Get it out of Government control

2. Privatize lending with colleges and Universities co-signing the loan application

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Daniel Ulysses Lockwood (D)

We start by forgiving all student loans and instating free tuition for public institutions—relieving people of a financial burden they shouldn’t have had to begin with. By extension of Sen. Sanders’ College for All plan, this would include better funding for vocational schools and community colleges. Schools should offer digital versions of all degree programs. We need to update and enforce the ADA, improving the compliance standards for all public buildings and transportation.

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David Price (D)

I am a cosponsor of the College Affordability Act (H.R. 4674), which would streamline the burdensome process for taking out and paying off student loans, and give existing borrowers access to more generous repayment plans and lower interest rates. I have secured increased federal funding for Pell Grants and other programs designed to reduce the cost of college as a member of the House Appropriations Committee, as well as provided more funding to allow institutions to provide high-quality education to their students at a lower cost.

NOTE: This answer was shortened by Disability Rights NC staff to meet the word limit.

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

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Dr. Nasir Shaikh (R)

Incentivise doctors and health care persons to work in these areas:

1. Regionalize health care care spin off centers for basic medical as well as urgent care

2. Educate on prevention and health and wellness issues

3. Introduce abstinence guidance only to young boys and girls

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Daniel Ulysses Lockwood (D)

We support Sanders’ Medicare for All plan, which is the first step in improving coverage to all residents. In order to improve access to medical care in our most vulnerable communities, we must ban the parasitic health insurance industry. We have to challenge the practice of corporate health conglomerates buying poorly funded county facilities and running them for profit.

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David Price (D)

Without further delay, North Carolina must expand Medicaid to provide health care to hundreds of thousands of families stuck in the middle of a bitter Republican effort to block this coverage. Once a Democratic president and Senate join the House majority in 2021, we must work together to end the sabotage of the Affordable Care Act and enact policies that put us firmly on the path to universal coverage.

NOTE: This answer was shortened by Disability Rights NC staff to meet the word limit.

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

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Dr. Nasir Shaikh (R)

We need to let local government decide what they want in their communities. The burden should not be placed completely on the taxpayers.

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Daniel Ulysses Lockwood (D)

Every person has a right to clean, affordable, accessible housing. In addition to supporting Sen. Sanders’ Housing for All bill, we support expanding Social Security, Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Social Income to a living wage. This will allow us to reduce the rate homelessness, reduce reliance on other government programs, expand resources for others who still need the programs, and improve the quality of life for 81 million individuals and families.

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David Price (D)

As Chairman of the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, I’m tasked with designating federal spending for affordable housing and transportation programs. For too many years, the federal government has underfunded and underinvested in affordable housing, and I’m refocusing our committee’s efforts on vulnerable populations, to combat homelessness, build new affordable housing units, and ensure our seniors and people with disabilities have access to a safe place to live.

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

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Dr. Nasir Shaikh (R)

I believe wages should be determined by market forces, not by government intervention.

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Daniel Ulysses Lockwood (D)

Yes. We support ending all exceptions in wage laws and workplace protections for individuals with disabilities. All people deserve a living wage.

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David Price (D)

Yes. Building an economy that works for everyone means raising the minimum wage to a livable standard for all.

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?

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Dr. Nasir Shaikh (R)

If there is truly a case for bringing a claim then I am not against that. I would not support legislation limiting the rights of people with disabilities.

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Daniel Ulysses Lockwood (D)

No. We support updating the ADA, something that hasn’t been done since 1994. Some of these updates look like: closing employer loopholes, making all new construction handicap accessible (including homes), reevaluating the requirements and parameters for such as ramps, handicap stalls, aisles, counters, and more.

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David Price (D)

No.

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