Full Legal Name: Geoffrey Michael Hurlburt
Name as it Appears on the Ballot: Geoffrey M Hurlburt
Office Sought/District: NC Senate 14
Date of Birth: 09/23/1970
Home Address: 918 Sugar Hollow Ln 302
Campaign Web Site: www.ncsenate14.org
Occupation & Employer: Research Technologist Charles River Laboratories
Years lived in North Carolina: 2 times/ total 10 years
Home Phone: 9198050487
Work Phone: 9195410340
1. What do you see as the most important issues facing North Carolina? If elected, what are your top three priorities in addressing those issues?
Most important issues facing NC are jobs, children and corruption in government.
2. 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.
My other experience as an intensive researcher and debate has allowed me to develop a keen ability to look at significance, inherency and solvency for situations affecting Americans. Jobs first is the loss of the backbone of North Carolina jobs in textiles and cash crops. Children is the entire social policies and programs that support one parent as more important than another parent after family fragmentation. Corruption in government is about looking at the big picture, drawing the lines and then exposing the corruption with a cohesive, direct message to the voters.
3. How do you define yourself politically, and how does your political philosophy show itself in your past achievements and present campaign platform?
Politically I am defined as a common sense conservative. The core North Carolina Republican principles are applied to my personal experience and Constituents experiences before I cast a vote. Those principles are personal responsibility, family and neighborhoods, fiscal conservatism and government accountability. My past experience and achievements have led me to research the plight of 25 million children in this country. My campaign platform is devoted to reducing the harms caused to these children by the "Family Court Industry."
4. 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.
As the Independent's mission is as you imply, the Independent should hesitate not one day and immediately front page my core campaign issue for the entire community in the name of justice for children and a just community in the Triangle. That specific position would be "The best interest of a child is equal access to both parents after family fragmentation, absent child abuse or neglect, with a strong nod towards proximity of the child's homes with each parent."
5. 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.
My principled stand as outlined in previous question will cost me some popularity points with some voters. Those are the voters who selfishly and greedily take direct advantage of families at their most vulnerable and extort immense amounts of monies from them.
6. If these issues haven't been addressed above, would you please comment on:
a. Poverty: What steps, if any, do you advocate to lift up the poor in North Carolina?
Lifting up the poor in North Carolina starts by letting parents be parents by implementing the best interest standard as outlined in question 4 and removing the "family court industry" from extorting these families. And PK-5 Education.
b. Transportation needs in the state, including roads and transit in the Triangle?
Transportation needs will be better attended to and afforded by removing the entrenched corruption in the STIP process of which lies directly at the feet of the Governor. Wasteful spending by the Contractors, we all know the mistakes, the taxpayers should be paid by the Contractors for the lost time of the public. Third, working more close with our Congressional Representatives and Senators to demand our fair share of the "Gas Taxes". As the State of NC, with the top shared of miles of roads, we should be getting at a minimum the amount in which we collect annually for maintain and build new roads.
c. Job creation: What strategies should the state use to attract new business and lower the unemployment rate?
Immediately support the creation of industries, not company tax breaks. I am talking about the creation of not 1500 jobs, but 150,000 jobs in North Carolina alone. Returning our State of NC to the industries in which built this State will do this. Textiles(bring it home) and Cash crops are a great start. Industries, not company tax breaks.
d. Health care: What should the state do next to address the problem of adults and children without adequate health care or insurance?
Immediately join the other States in telling Congress that their Healthcare Act is inappropriate and unconstitutional. Go back to the drawing board and demand a system that removes the "middle man". The goal is to spend less on healthcare. The Heathcare Act is opposite.
e. Foreclosures: What more should the state be doing to help consumers avoid foreclosure and hold onto their homes?
North Carolina should annually reassess values of homes to market value, up and down. If this happened, more people would be able to stay in their home as the tax bill would decrease. Fair is fair.
f. The mental health crisis: Everyone agrees it's a mess. Now what?
Defer to more knowledge, need to research extensively....are you sure "Everyone agrees"?
g. Taxes: Given the needs, are they too high? Too low? Too regressive? Where else should the sales tax be applied? Should it be raised? What's your position on "combined reporting" for national corporations?
Taxes all around, too high. Property tax, income tax, sales tax, gas tax, luxury tax, cigarette tax, utility tax, registrations, fees, special taxes...they come and never go away..Progressively lower taxes to create the environment for "North Carolina...the only State I want to setup and do my business" and "North Carolina...there are tons of jobs that pay super well so I will have lots of extra spending $$$."
h. Energy: What steps, if any, should be taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions? What policies should be put in place to incentivize innovation in wind, solar and future energy sources?
Immediately require solar shingles on all new housing and businesses and any repaired roofs. Incentivized to the industry by sheer volume orders...lower costs by industry subsidization and competition. Build Solar Farms with convex lenses and highly efficient photovoltaic materials. These already can produce cheaper than fossil fuels. You know that sun is hot. Wind is OK...homeowners associations should allow windmills and solar collectors...maybe offshore some...but the Solar Farms is the best forever. Make the investment. Create jobs.
7. What local bills would you introduce and how closely will you work with local elected leaders in advancing their legislative agendas?
Education, Education, Education.... Local bills will all be associated with parental involvement with their child's education. Both parents are the key. Identification of Statistics of struggling schools to not so struggling schools is key. Proactively expounding the benefits to children when both parents are actively involved during the school week is key. Local bills will study, identify and create the environment to success...community by community. I will work closely with the identified local elected leaders and also local leaders not elected to achieve ideal environment for all children. WCPSS is a prime collaborator.
8. 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.
Marriages as a religious contract in front of God is between a man and a woman and their God. Marriages as a religious contract in front of God is between a man and a man and a woman and a woman and their God. All marriages, regardless of sexual orientation, as a legal contract recognized by the State of North Carolina is a civil union, that when 50% end in divorce, children are harmed. We must do everything as a State to promote family unity and loyalty for our State's children.
9. 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?
Birth control is a personal decision in which men and women take liberties in power and control of the other. Abortion by the Supreme Court is Federal Sponsored genocide disproportionately on the black community. I would support the U.S. Supreme Court case similar to Roe V. Wade that sets out a privacy precedent that if you recognize two murders as the murder of the mother and the fetus, then the fetus is a private life and a mother cannot chose to murder that private life. She must be renumerated if she choses to not raise that child and only the child can chose as an adult if they wanted to be aborted. As a State of North Carolina, we do not want to reward an irresponsible decision, that decision to have unprotected sexual intercourse resulting in a pregnancy. We want to, as a State, reward personal responsibility and if a Mother or a Father wants to take responsibility for raising that child, the State will support that responsible decision by designing a process of responsibility and renumeration.
10. What steps will you take to increase transparency and outreach to constituents, and root out corruption, not only personally but among other General Assembly members?
I have already taken steps to increase transparency and outreach to Constituents at www.ncsenate14.org/board . Sign up for the Message Board and you have an inside line into Jones Street every single day. We will get it done together. Constituents not only have a central location in which to build ideas and share ideas and situations within their community, but I am also a part of that interaction daily. Root out corruption takes some time, first identify, clarify and institute the education of the voter. Show them the guilty ones, give them another choice and democracy heals and takes care. This process obviously applies to the other General Assembly members as well as myself....Fore!