District 9 Representative

There are five primary candidates for the office of District 9 Representative. There is one Republican candidate and four Democratic candidates.  The candidates are as follows:

Dan Bishop (R)
Harry Southerland (D)
Cynthia L. Wallace (D)
Marcus W. Williams (D)
Clayton W. Brooks III (D)

Three candidates, Dan Bishop (R), Cynthia L. Wallace (D), Clayton W. Brooks III (D), 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 9 were each asked the following questions:

Question 1: What are your top three priorities?

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Harry Southerland (D)

1. Raise the minimum wage to a living wage for all North Carolinians including North Carolinians who have a disability.

2. Create jobs and small business opportunities

3. Make healthcare affordable and accessible for all.

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Marcus W. Williams (D)

1. Stimulating robust job growth for residents throughout the mixed rural and urban communities in the 9th Congressional District (emphasizing the recruitment of high wage industries & promoting the initiation/growth of small businesses)

2. Assuring universal access to medical insurance and high quality health care (including mental health services & dental care) for all

3. Increasing the availability of safe, decent, affordable housing opportunities for all people - including those who presently are homeless

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

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Harry Southerland (D)

I would sponsor a bill that would eliminate tuition at public colleges and vocational training centers for American households that earn $85,000.00 or less. All other Americans will receive subsidies based upon the household income.

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Marcus W. Williams (D)

First, by winning we will inspire people to understand that their neighborhood or zip code is no barrier to their personal success - as long as they fully apply themselves, develop their talents & acumen, and access the educational resources available to them by State & Federal law. We must address the student loan debt problem by creating a myriad of loan forgiveness opportunities, expanding grants & bolstering vocational alternatives & training programs at the local Community College level.

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

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Harry Southerland (D)

Firstly, I would expand Medicare to include the uninsured and the underinsured. Secondly, I will grant private insurers to compete on pricing that will ultimately bring health care costs down. Every citizen will have the option of choosing the plan that they want.

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Marcus W. Williams (D)

Encourage the N.C. Legislators (and inveigle business leaders to join in the effort) to access medical insurance funding available through the Affordable Care Act. Technically, it does not have to be "expansion of Medicaid" because other delivery models are available. (See Kaiser Report). Supplemental measures include expansion of the medical & dental clinics in rural areas by our medical school institutions and debt forgiveness programs to lure/retain doctors and nurse practitioners in the less populated areas.

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

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Harry Southerland (D)

I would mandate that government create a program that would guarantee affordable housing to the low income and middle income Americans. I would fund public housing for the poor and the homeless and make it mandatory that no one live on American streets. This is inhumane.

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Marcus W. Williams (D)

The creation of pools of low interest loans for the purchase of single family residences throughout the District (not making them available only in undesired areas) and the establishment of local Community Development Corporations to spur the recruitment of new resources and building of housing development projects. For example, please visit my website: WilliamsHouseUSA.com and scroll to the left to see actual HUD 202 projects that were constructed in collaboration with St. Mary's Catholic Church.

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

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Harry Southerland (D)

Yes. It is one of my priorities to raise minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $15.00 an hour. This one act will be the beginning of ending poverty in our great country.

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Marcus W. Williams (D)

$15 is the acceptable minimum wage floor, in my opinion. I will fight for it. Further, North Carolina should immediately restore the Low Income Tax Credit which was eliminated by the Super Majority in the N.C. Legislature in the 2013 tax bill. President Reagan was a proponent of this type of infusion of income into low wealth homes, notwithstanding the minimum wage level.

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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Harry Southerland (D)

No, I do not support limiting the rights of people with disabilities to seek removal of barriers under the ADA. Our disabled citizens need an equal playing field in order to succeed and live a comfortable life.

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Marcus W. Williams (D)

As a Legal Services advocate for 24 years and Executive Director of Regional and Statewide Legal Services Programs for 17 years, I have a strong proclivity & desire to advocate for the rights of those who are physically challenged to be fully incorporated into mainstream society with maximum accommodations under the ADA. Standing to sue should be afforded to anyone who has a disability or the parents/guardians of a child similarly situated. MarcusWilliamsForCongress.com

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