State Treasurer

The State Treasurer manages the healthcare and pension plans for teachers and other state employees. The State Treasurer also helps the state and local governments manage their debt.

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There are 4 primary candidates for the office of State Treasurer. There is 1 Republican candidate and 3 Democratic .  The candidates are as follows:

Dale Folwell (R)
Matt Leatherman (D)
Ronnie Chatterji (D)
Dimple Ajmera (D)
 
One candidate, Dimple Ajmera (D), did not respond to our survey, so they will not be mentioned below.

All answers are provided in text and audio files for each candidate. To navigate through the questions you may either scroll through this page to read or listen to their answers, or use the links below to jump directly to specific questions.

The primary candidates for the office of State Treasurer were each asked the following questions:

The complete audio of all responses for the Treasurer’s race:

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Question 1: What are your top three priorities?

Dale R. Folwell (R)

Sustain the pension plan for the next generation of state and local public service workers.

Eliminate secret contracts in healthcare so that consumers can consume instead of it consuming them. Clear pricing in healthcare will allow power to be pushed away from the powerful down to the consumer. That will result in lower prices and more income; especially for the working class.

Lastly, to come to work everyday with the opportunity as “keeper of the public purse”to be fair and just on behalf of the invisible.

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Ronnie Chatterji (D)

1. Advocate for affordable healthcare through the expansion of Medicaid and other reforms

2. Reduce barriers to economic mobility through the creation of individual retirement accounts for every North Carolinian

3. Restore fiscal discipline to the North Carolina retire systems so we can offer competitive benefits to Educators

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Matt Leatherman (D)

My platform prioritizes accessible and equitable health care, valuing our educators and the work that they do with our children, and strengthening the resilience of our local communities. ABLE is a tool for more accessible and equitable health care. I learned this while working in the Treasurer’s office when ABLE was created; I hear it in listening sessions with families; and I am reminded of it at home by my wife, a special educator.

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Question 2: What would you do to increase the awareness and adoption of ABLE accounts?

Dale R. Folwell (R)

Continue to work with advocacy groups, the A.B.L.E. Board and the consortium to increase outreach, awareness and participation.

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Ronnie Chatterji (D)

Part of the Treasurer’s job is increasing nancial literacy and helping families save and invest for the long term. ABLE accounts are a nancial innovation that ought to be widely publicized. I would mention these accounts in speeches across the state, promote them through social media and convene a national conference in North Carolina to discuss strategies to increase savings for people with disabilities.

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Matt Leatherman (D)

NC’s current Treasurer has chosen not to ll an open position for ABLE outreach. I will ll it immediately and lead this new team member to reach out directly to families where they live, including through information sessions at developmental centers and collaboration with organizations like the Council on Developmental Disabilities. My priority is meeting families wherever they are, and I will pursue additional staffing if more than one person is needed to achieve this.

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Question 3: What can you do in this role to ensure that ABLE accounts are more effective for people with disabilities?

Dale R. Folwell (R)

Effectiveness is partly driven by federal and state legislation. I was in Washington,DC to celebrate the NC ABLE launch with sponsor Sen. Richard Burr and the consortium. Now it is a matter of operationalizing the opportunities through outreach and more importantly making sure that the consortiums TPA (third party administrator) continues to lower costs.

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Ronnie Chatterji (D)

The Treasurer should commission a study to assess the costs and bene ts of making contributions to ABLE accounts deductible from state income tax. We can use this evidence to propose legislation to improve their effectiveness.

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Matt Leatherman (D)

Disability does not know an age, and ABLE should not exclude people just because their onset began after age 26. ABLE accounts will be more effective for people with disabilities when all of these people are eligible for them. I will use the authority of the Treasurer’s of ce to extend eligibility as fully as possible, and I will use the of ce’s in uence to collaborate with legislators if any changes in law are required.

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