The Orange County (NC) Democratic Party believes the ideas, policies and mission of those elected should be to be to create good jobs and an economy that works for everyone - not just the wealthy; to provide a quality education from pre-k through college, and to build strong communities across our state where people have access to affordable healthcare and clean air and drinking water. Simply put - we believe in equality, opportunity, and prosperity for all. More specifically:
PROVIDING A WORLD-CLASS PUBLIC EDUCATION
Providing a world-class public education to every child in North Carolina should be our top priority. We must pay our teachers enough to attract the best and brightest to our schools, and ensure that our well-trained veteran teachers do not leave the state. We must also give our teachers the support they need to help our children succeed in the classroom. Our public school system – from kindergarten on up through the University of North Carolina system – is our greatest resource, and we support making public education a priority again.
BUILDING A STRONGER ECONOMY
We support building a stronger economy that works for everyone in the state, not just those at the top. Every worker should be a paid a fair wage. Rather than passing regressive sales tax hikes or tax cuts that primarily benefit the wealthy, we should work toward tax relief for the middle class and small businesses. We support affordable housing, mass transit and other programs that strengthen lower and middle income households.
PROTECTING OUR AIR AND WATER
Everyone in North Carolina should be able to breathe clean air and drink clean water. We support cleaning up coal ash ponds and believe the people who made the mess should pay to clean it up. Corporate polluters should be held accountable for their actions. We oppose the corporate cronyism that allows polluters to make environmental rules and believe the Republican-led General Assembly should answer to our citizens, not its corporate donors. One of the things that makes North Carolina great is our abundance of livable communities and vibrant wildlife, and we will fight to protect our state’s environment.
ENSURING EQUAL OPPORTUNITY
As Democrats, we believe in equal opportunity and non-discrimination. We must work together to create a state where no one is discriminated against for reasons of race, sex, religion, age, national origin, sexual preference or gender identity. Everyone should receive equal pay for equal work and work in a safe environment.
ENSURING THE RIGHT TO VOTE AND FAIR ELECTIONS
We believe in strengthening our democracy by having fair, competitive districts. We should maximize the opportunities for all eligible voters to register and cast their ballots.
HEALTH CARE FOR ALL
Affordable and accessible health care is a basic human need essential to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We support a national health care system that provides comprehensive coverage of primary and secondary health care and all other services needed for men, women and children to get healthy and stay healthy. We support a system that does not deny care due to pre-existing conditions, provides for portability of health care coverage, and controls costs. We recognize, too, that good health insurance coverage is not the only factor that enables and promotes good health and health care and we support programs that promote education of primary care providers to ensure their availability in underserved areas.