2010 NC House District -> 33
Name as it will appear on the ballot -> Doctor K. Aal-Anubia
Party –> Democrat
Date of Birth -> November 9, 1967
Campaign Website –> http://vote-doctor-aal-anubia-4-equity-in-33.com
Occupation -> Business Architect/Project Management Consultant – AAMI, Inc.
Years lived in North Carolina –> 37
1. The most important issues facing North Carolina are Healthcare, Economics and Education. Once elected, my top three approaches in addressing the aforementioned issues are:
a. First Healthcare:
i. Build consensus supporting public and private efforts to see that all North Carolinians have access to affordable healthcare through a healthcare exchange
ii. If one's is health challenged (physically or mentally) it will be difficult them to earn a living, secure an education, and or provide for self, family or contribute equitably to the community at large via taxes or community service.
b. Second Economics; economics must be looked at holistically with respect to supply, demand and future markets associated with entrepreneurial development (promotion of innovation /vision/esteem), capital access (e.g., a Real Community Reinvestment Act with accountability tied to performance-based incentives), labor (workforce development / vocational rehab for ex-offenders / vocation rehab for dislocated employees) and land development (e.g., additional housing options for seniors (i.e. retired teachers or state employees)) who's retirements often place some out of affordable housing markets considering many don't earn enough to retire in luxury gated housing communities. Further examples of sound economic pilot legislation I can embrace include Senate Bill 1627: An Act to Create North Carolina Community Retirement Program. Although I agree to an extent of using tax dollars to encourage growth associated with commercial, institutional and industrial development and/or improving transport and utilities infrastructure, incentive contracts must be performance oriented on both the front (contract signing) and back end (project completion) of the transaction. Carrots and sticks associated with deal making must be tied directly to performance over time. Legislation must be designed with assurances that economic solutions are either delivered or tax payers remunerated for their investments associated with companies rescinding their value proposition.
c. Third Education; education is key to a viable economy. I will support providing teachers with raises based on performance and continue to communicate the role of teachers amongst other reputable professions where it belongs. More so, I think teaching should be offered within the context of ones experience. Opportunities should be provided to create more of an environment where upper class high school and college students come in greater contact with the market (i.e. Junior Achievement approach) so that persons pursuing education will have a greater appreciation as to how their education impacts their future personally, professionally and as an asset in the communities they reside. Lastly, education should be the number one tool used in both jail and prison populations to reduce crime and recidivism rates in our districts, state and country.
2. District 33 needs a new type of legislator, a business friendly ambassador with innovative out-of-the-box leadership characteristics demonstrating an appreciation for the academic excellence in relation to a free market economy. As the 33rd Representative for NC House, I would serve in the capacity of ambassador, facilitator, author and consensus builder whose mission will be to secure social and economic equity for residents within District 33 and state in general. Many consider it hypocrisy within as system of governance wherein proponents of faith have not incorporated more redemptive solutions into legislative acts. I propose to draft legislation, co-sponsor and/or endorse the following solutions going forward with respect to resource constraints and equities inherent in due process:
a. Work to Create New Jobs in District within 2 years of office (e.g. design and implement future legislation similar to House Bill 530 – Life Science Act or Senate Bill 1627)
b. Work to Attract Industry & Secure Capital Commitments for District 33 Economic Development Initiatives (e.g., finance reform of capital markets to include enforcement of present community reinvestment act, greater access to securities regulation A & D, bond and tax credit markets by urban and rural players)
c. Work to Expand Present Use of TV and/or Film Industry Tax Credits to include other forms of Multimedia Industry like Video Gaming & Healthcare Informatics
d. Work for Education Reform – Proportionate to Congressional Budget Distributions for K-12 & Higher Education – Support Diversity in Schools
e. Promote the inclusion of "sustainable economic empowerment zones targeting green technology, healthcare and senior housing options associated with local zoning ordinance akin to HUD Empowerment Zones in urban and rural communities – especially those in close proximity to Brownfield's and Rail.
f. Work with legislators and others to reduce recidivism through innovation and merit based parole and repatriation solutions
g. Strengthen Fathers Custodial Rights, Family Prison Visitation and underwrite more exoffender re-entry programs as means to reduce crime in the communities of origin.
h. Vote to give teachers and state employees' increases in pay comparable to other markets and cost of living.
3. Honors / Accomplishments Demonstrating Propensity for Civil Service and the Ability in Getting Goals Accomplished
a. December, 2009 – Elected Salutatorian & Graduate of City of Raleigh Neighborhood College
b. September, 2009 – As Principle Investigator, co-authored, researched & managed the procurement of $765,000 Community Economic Development Grant awarded by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on behalf of Saint Augustine's College Community Development Corporations as it's Executive Director
c. August 2009 – Received Certificate of Distinction from Capital Area Workforce Development Board – Jump in the Job Pool Program
d. May, 2009 - Mary E. Phillips High School Business Alliance – Letter of Appreciation – Transition Fair Alliance Member
e. May, 2009 – Graduate / Certification Holder – Raleigh Citizens Leadership Participation Institute (presently known as Community Leadership Academy)
f. March, 2009 – Partnership (Saint Augustine's College, Builders of Hope & Saint Augustine's College Community Development Corporation – SAC-CDC) - co-authored, researched and coordinated community relations components in securing $2.1 Million Neighborhood Stabilization Program Grant as SAC-CDC Executive Director
g. April, 2008 – Received letter of accommodation from North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association for securing green land development permits and design that according to Wake Economic Development Implan Study would result in the creation of more 100 Jobs in Fuquay-Varina.
h. September, 2007 – Wrote and procured $25,000 grant from A T & T for Saint Augustine's College Center for Allied Health & Healthcare Disparities Institute (CAHHDI) while serving in a consultant capacity for Saint Agnes Hospital Foundation
i. January, 2003 – While serving as Chair of Rand Road Technology Committee for Rand Road Elementary PTA Board – Wrote and was award grant by North Carolina Associated of Educators for approximately $3,000 resulting in the First Technology Fair on the Elementary Level in Wake County Promoting National PTA Parent Involvement Initiative and subsequently was awarded approximately 30 new computers from IBM to outfit the Rand Road Elementary media center.
j. 2002 – Member of Board of Trustees – First Baptist Church Wilmington Street
4. Politically, I am a centrist and maybe considered a Democratic moderate. I am a Son, Husband, Father, Brother, Cousin, Mentor, Stakeholder, Architect, Trustee and Sinner Saved by Grace. The aforementioned attributes shape my political philosophy which is simple – do onto others what you would have them do on to you, research and till for opportunity, sew in faith @ work and build teams and reap equity in due season. I have a passion for social and economic development – we must strive to become the solutions we seek, I have and will continue too!
5. The mission to build a just community in the Triangle is noble; however I would prefer to replace the word just with the word equitable. A few examples, North Carolina has a $20.4 Billion 2010 congressional budget. Although African Americans make up approximately 20% of the population, as it relates to the budget and with respect to $4.1 Billion in 2009 ARRA Funds, so-called community reinvestment act(s) enforcement, bond management brokerage opportunities or House Bill 530, are they proportionately getting their fair share, if not, some equity please? Second, although I don't personally believe in same sex marriage, as a legislator I would not block civil unions nor preclude civil unionist from inheriting health benefit or life estates merely because of their sexual orientation, if so, some equity please. Lastly, as far as either Institutions of Higher Education or Public School Systems, are urban and rural districts getting their fair share of the congressional budget and concerning grant recipients; are we holding the fiduciary to a level of accountability insuring administrators keep true to their promise and not use "at-will" work clauses as arcane method to modify budgets or re-appropriate free and reduced funds in ways contrary to the original funds agreement, if so, some equity please! Whether its justice or equity, both the ones offering a service and the other accepting the benefit must be willing to embrace lessons learned going forward and strive to incorporate best practices into solutions delivery in order to provide all North Carolinians equitable access to life, liberty and the bridge to happiness.
6. Amongst many options, I would stand on providing education and voting repatriation for felons and offenders who qualify while incarcerated. It boggles my mind when legislators within the faith community on both sides of the political isle claim to be men and women of faith but fail categorically to build redemption into legislative solutions. Acknowledgement and repentance are common to many ten step programs – I am reminded of the Temple University story; 'Acres of Diamonds', where the solution sought by an investor was found in the last place he looked, in his own back yard. If the enemy came to kill, steal, rob and destroy, what did legislators come to do, perhaps; resurrect, amend, fortify and rebuild a nation, one district at a time or is that just blue sky thinking – imagine real order out of chaos?
7. Balancing the budget requires a combination of tax increases and tax cuts. In order to balance the budget I would first re-evaluate and/or vote to cut corporate welfare subsidies in areas where performance terms where not met. On the other hand, for companies desiring growth I would cut the taxes consummate with growth expectations and performance of industry in general. Secondly, I would reign in those companies not paying their fair share of taxes to NC Department of Revenue. Lastly, I would promote increases in tax for companies failing to reduce carbon emissions, sin and luxury tax.
8. To reduce recidivism, I would suggest the Governor and the general assembly promote both business academic and faith based partnerships in reducing crime and reducing ex-offenders propensity to return to a life of incarceration. Most importantly, I would increase the budget for education and vocational rehabilitation in the prison systems and solicit the support of Historically Black Colleges, Universities, Hispanic and Faith Based Institutions. Lastly, I would discourage legislation and grant resources that place crime control and public safety (police/sheriff/highway patrol) officials in direct financial competition with local 501c3's and other community services organizations in their quest for funding. With respect to community policing initiatives, some things are better left of up the community as it relates to mentoring and socio-economic growth within the context of a one's communal environment – trust is key!
9. Regarding healthcare, I suggest we follow President Obama's example and make sure to include budget for mental health as an option within the Healthcare Exchange.
10. I support a moratorium on death executions while the question of whether the death penalty can be administered fairly and retrials in cases where physical evidence associated with technology or genetic research may prove innocence otherwise.
11. Marriage is a heterosexual act between a man and a woman. Having said that, I will not vote against civil unions that provide life partners with the opportunity to inherit health benefits or estates - public or otherwise.
12. I am Pro-Life and will only support abortion in cases of rape, incest or when the life of the mother and/or unborn child is at risk. I served as an advisor to the Saint Agnes Hospital Foundation Board at Saint Augustine's College. What do the Pro-Choice proponents otherwise 'population controllers' think should be done about the practice of eugenics and intentional sterilization of women without their consent yesterday and today who have had abortions ... how do proponents of choice set that record straight in equity?
13. I believe the right to bargain is an inalienable right for all, State Employees desire market rate for the services they perform based on job performance.
14. In order to create the jobs North Carolina should do or continue doing the following:
a. Discourage outsourcing of manufacturing and contact center operations (business intelligence)
b. Provide carrot and stick based performance initiatives (tax credits / preferable lending options) Industrial companies like deal that choose to leave town should payback a percentage of capital invested and secure promises with other assets (in NC or elsewhere in USA).
c. Change laws making ex-offenders permanent second class citizens and place more budgets into social-academic development verses prison complex warehousing.
i. Clinton-Helms -> some say strange bedfellows that removed education funding from prison thus increasing recidivism
ii. Make crime a shame again, have criminals serve time at home repairing the breach in the community where they committed the crime and census dollars to follow
d. Promote Sustainable Industries and Transport Initiatives that reduce carbon footprint while decreasing our dependence on Foreign Energy.
e. Upgrade North Carolina Infrastructure Assets (Ports, Roads, Rail, Utilities)
f. Create District 33 version of Soul City