issues like film incentives, gay marriage, medical marijuana and public teacher
pay were aired by republican and democratic candidates from District 7, 8 and 9
at a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear on
Wednesday, April 16.
candidates for the District 9 Senate seat, Michael Lee, Justin LaNasa and
Michael Burns, shared similar views on each of the nine questions they were
asked about government in North Carolina. Their views were directly the
opposite those of District 8 Senate candidates Danny Hefner and Ernie Ward in
every instance with the exception of the issues of medical marijuana, teacher
salaries, coal ash management and beach renourishment.
agreed that medical marijuana should be legal in North Carolina if the proper
safety checks are put in place; both supported the increase of public school
teacher salaries; both agreed Duke Energy should be responsible for he cleanup
of coal ash waste; and both said they would support increased state funding for
beach renourishment projects.
One issue the
two sides were at odds on was if North Carolina should recognized same sex
couples married in other states where it is legal.
candidate Michael Lee said recognizing same sex marriages in North Carolina
would be opposed to what voters in the state want.
gay marriages from another state would fly in the face of what the voters have
spoken for in this state,” Lee said.
democratic candidate, said not recognizing same sex marriages formed in other
states would be unconstitutional, citing the full faith and credit clause in
the Constitution of the United Sates.
The last segment
of the candidate forum featured United States House of Representative
Candidates Jonathan Barfield and Walter Martin Jr. The two candidates answered
questions about strategies to reduce the national debt crises, the Affordable
Care Act, immigration reform, military de-escalation, minimum wage, Edward
Snowden and national security.
said they support the Affordable Care Act, did not support Common Core teaching
standards, consider Edward Snowden a traitor and support the need for more
funding for the Port of Wilmington.
Stay tuned for
the full story, out in Lumina News on
Thursday, April 23.