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Robin Anderson

N.C. House District 36

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Name as it Appears on the Ballot: Robin Anderson

Party: Democratic

Date of Birth: June 18

Campaign Web Site: www.robinandersonforhouse.com

Occupation & Employer: Employment Law Attorney – Nicholls & Crampton, P.A.

Years lived in North Carolina: 25


What do you see as the most important issues facing North Carolina? If elected, what are your top three priorities in addressing those issues?

Maintaining and expanding North Carolina's economy, ensuring financial responsibility and protecting our educational system.

As your next State House Representative, I will fight for these issues important to us - creating good jobs, getting the most out of our tax dollars, and ensuring a quality education and opportunity for our children.

What in your record as a public official or other experience demonstrates your ability to be effective on the issues you've identified? Please be as specific as possible in relating past accomplishments to current goals.

In my 20 years as an employment law attorney, and as Chair of the State Personnel Commission, I have been an advocate for North Carolina workers and their families; seeing first-hand the struggle to pay the mortgage and afford the rising costs from transportation to higher education.

Throughout my law practice, I have been dedicated to protecting small business; and facing the same challenges that thousands of North Carolina's businesses tackle every day: how to make payroll, how to afford the rising costs of health insurance, how to stay on budget.

How do you define yourself politically, and how does your political philosophy show itself in your past achievements and present campaign platform?

I am an independent democrat.

The Independent's mission is to help build a just community in the Triangle. Please point to a specific position in your platform that would, if achieved, help further that goal.

During my 20 years as an employment law attorney, I have worked to deal with the problems of workplace discrimination, retaliatory discharges, sexual harassment, wage and hour law violations, and other illegal practices. During 11 years on the N.C. State Personnel Commission (including service as chair of that commission), I have worked for fair and equitable treatment of state employees.

Identify and explain one principled stand you would be willing to take if elected that you suspect might cost you some popularity points with voters.

I am committed in rolling up my sleeves and working on tax code reform.

The current state budget was balanced with approximately equal amounts of spending cuts (primarily to human services and local school districts) and tax increases. Another very tough budget battle looms ahead next year. Will you support: (a) deeper spending cuts? (b) greater tax increases? (c) another mix of the two? Please tell us what you'd cut and which taxes should be raised, if any.

It is clear that the N.C. tax code is obsolete and non-sustainable. The current tax structure, based on an outdated manufacturing model, should be reformed to reflect changes in the North Carolina economy. I support reforms that are balanced, adequate, stable and fair while supporting cuts to nonessential services. As a member of the NC House of Representatives, I will be committed to developing a clear and shared vision with a focus on a quality educational system.

North Carolina is sending record numbers of people to prison, and when they're released, they're often lost and get in trouble again. The Governor's StreetSafe initiative is aimed at breaking this vicious cycle and reducing the recidivism rate. As a legislator, what would you propose that she and the General Assembly do to help?

I support opportunities for people who leave the prison system to re-enter society in a productive way through employment and community support. We also need to encourage alternatives to incarceration for low level offenses.

Health care: What should the state do next to address the problem of adults and children without adequate health care or insurance? What do you propose to do to address the mental health crisis?

We must invest in our Children's health insurance and the high risk insurance pool.

I support mental health parity as well as support people with mental illness. Our efforts should promote more community care.

What is your position on capital punishment in North Carolina? If in favor, will you support a moratorium on executions while the question of whether the death penalty can be administered fairly is studied by the General Assembly?

I support a moratorium while this question is studied in the General Assembly.

What is your position regarding LGBT rights? Please address whether gay marriages or civil unions should be made legal in North Carolina; also, whether sexual orientation and identity should be added as a protected class under state anti-discrimination laws, including state personnel laws.

I do not believe in discrimination.

Do you support women's reproductive rights, including the "right to choose" as set out by the U.S. Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade? Given that North Carolina has the ninth highest teen pregnancy rate in the nation, do you support medically accurate sex education that includes information about birth control?

Yes, I support women's reproductive rights, including the "right to choose". I also support medically accurate sex education that includes information about birth control.

Should public employees have the right to bargain collectively in North Carolina?

I support the right of public employees to bargain collectively in North Carolina.

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