What is #10Questions
Thanks for talking with us, Linda! Are you ready to answer #10Q?
"I am ready and excited!"
So are we!
Q1: We always begin with the most important question: what inspired you to run for office?
"I'm running for Congress to give a voice to the people of NC-02. Growing up in Eastern NC has given me a clear understanding of North Carolina's values and needs. I'm running to fight for these values and needs which include, better education, better healthcare, and better jobs."
Q2: You’ve recently held 6 town hall meetings in NC-02. What have been the biggest takeaways from these conversations?
"I have committed to hosting a 6 county 'Linda Listens' town hall in NC-02. The biggest takeaway has been the people in NC-02 want to be heard. They want someone to listen to their issues, concerns, and hopes. Congressman Holding hasn't hosted a town hall in over 2,000 days. When I'm in Congress, I promise to stay in touch with the great people of NC-02."
Q3: NC-02 is a largely rural district. Since 2010, 5 rural hospitals have closed in North Carolina, putting your state in the top 5 states for hospital closures. What is your plan to make sure your constituents have quality healthcare?
"Access to affordable healthcare is one of the greatest concerns of the people of NC-02. Nobody should be forced to drive hours away just to see a doctor. I will do everything I can to provide the resources these hospitals need to stay open including working with North Carolina state officials to expand Medicaid. We must improve infrastructure in these rural areas to make our hospitals more accessible to the people they serve."
Q4: In 2016, there were 1,505 opioid-related overdose deaths in North Carolina – a rate of 15.4 deaths per 100k compared to the national rate of 13.3 deaths per 100k. What’s your plan to address this crisis?
"The opioid epidemic has touched families all across NC-02 and our country. I will work with colleagues to repeal the Tax Cut Jobs Act (TJCA) whose cuts could provide treatment to 300k people. We must focus on solutions that hold drug companies accountable and focus on prevention and treatment."
Q5: The House Republican SuperPAC that supports your opponent recently opened an office in NC-02 and has launched an ad attacking your economic policy. What would you like to share about your vision for North Carolina’s economic growth?
"It is no surprise to me that Republicans have started going negative. In America today, there are 6 million job openings and not enough workers with the skills to fill them. This is why I support our local community colleges that provide affordable training and certificate programs to enable workers to acquire the skills necessary to fill these jobs."
Q6: Your state was recently hit by a massive hurricane and will be cleaning up and rebuilding for many months to come. Can you share a little about your views on climate change?
"We cannot afford to deny climate change. Climate change is real and it is having an impact on our water and air. We must take action today. If elected, I have agreed to become a member of the Climate Change Caucus."
Q7: According to the CDC, 1.4k people died from guns in NC in 2016, more than any of the previous 35 years. What do you think caused the sharp uptick in gun violence and do you have a plan to address this?
"I support and respect the Second Amendment. However, we must require universal background checks, ban high capacity magazines, ban the sale of assault weapons to civilians, and increase the minimum age to purchase a gun. I will also support a full repeal of the Dickey Amendment and allocate funding to the CDC for the study of gun violence as a public health issue. Our children are marching and calling for change, and we must stand with them."
Q8: As a former teacher, education is one of the main planks in your platform. What are your plans to make higher education — whether that’s community college, workforce retraining, or 4 year degrees — more affordable for North Carolina?
"I will work to provide funding to community colleges to increase workforce and certification programs. I will work to alleviate student debt so our children do not spend their entire adult lives paying down their student loans. We can accomplish this by allowing students to borrow at reduced interest rates and creating programs that reward them with student loan forgiveness in exchange for taking jobs as teachers in public service, especially in rural areas."
Q9: What is one issue we haven’t covered today that is an important one affecting your district?
Q10: Where can people learn more about your campaign and how to support it?
"The Farm Bill has tremendous impact on the growth and economic development of rural communities. This bill affects infrastructure, rural housing, bio-tech jobs, SNAP, renewable energy, commodities, farmers, etc. Policies around the aforementioned issues deserve particular attention because of their impact on vulnerable populations.
People can learn more about my campaign on my website, LindaColemanforCongress.com! This campaign is run on grassroots donations. With less than two weeks until early vote, I would appreciate anything you can donate on my website!"
Thank you so much for taking the time to speak with us today! And congratulations again on your endorsement from President Obama!