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Ryan A. Hilliard

N.C. Senate District 23


Full Legal Name: Ryan Alexander Hilliard

Name as it Appears on the Ballot: Ryan A. Hilliard

Office Sought/District: NC State Senate – 23rd District

Party: Republican

Date of Birth: 01/20/1976

Home Address: 520-103 Aberdeen Drive Chapel Hill NC

Mailing Address:
PO Box 2058
Chapel Hill NC 27515

Campaign Web Site: www.ryanahilliard.com

Occupation & Employer: Furniture Manufacturers Representative Hilliard & Associates

Years lived in North Carolina: 28

Home Phone: 919-928-8077

Work Phone: 919-928-8077

Email: ryanhilliard@alumni.unc.edu

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?

Ryan knows how important job creation is to all North Carolinians.  Putting North Carolina back on track economically will be Ryan's top priority. Government is not the answer. The private sector is the only entity that can create new long-term, sustainable employment.

Common sense solutions:

Introduce ideas to reduce the overall tax burden

Cut spending in non-essential areas

Eliminate programs and bureaucracy that do not work

Fight unnecessary regulation that stifles growth

The health care debate has dominated the national scene for the better part of last year and has carried over into this year as well.  Why do some politicians ignore the simple steps we can take to improve our health care system, while focusing on government solutions that Americans clearly do not want?  In North Carolina we can take steps to make our system work better for patients and doctors alike.

Common sense solutions:

Enact tort reform to reduce legal abuse that leads to higher insurance costs

Push for malpractice reform for doctors, which will lead to a reduction in "defensive" care and ultimately lower insurance costs

Take steps to increase competition and market forces in health care coverage

As government intervention in daily life increases, our liberties are eroded bit by bit. Protecting our freedoms from government encroachment is paramount to keeping alive the American Dream and the foundation of the USA.

Common sense solution:

Resist enacting laws that infringe on personal liberty, or are unconstitutional.

Repeal laws that needlessly limit individual freedom

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.

Ryan was born in Winston-Salem, NC and raised in Thomasville NC.  He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, earning a degree in political science in 1999.  He has maintained a passion for politics since his teenage years and strongly believes in the founding ideals that made America the greatest nation in the world.  As U.S. politicians veered us further and further towards a misguided progressive agenda, Ryan became more interested in actively helping combat this disturbing political direction.For over ten years Ryan has worked as a furniture manufacturer's representative, where he has seen first-hand the challenges business and individuals face. As part of Ryan's work he travels North Carolina talking to small and medium size business owners. He is also an integral part of running a small business in addition to representing other companies.

All of this experience and strong business background makes Ryan the perfect person to help grow the North Carolina economy and help state government work within a balanced, responsible budget.

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

Ryan A. Hilliard is a common sense conservative.  His mission is to help North Carolina return to limited government, low taxes, and accountability to the citizens of North Carolina.  "A wise and frugal government is the sum of good government", as Thomas Jefferson once said.People that know Ryan describe him as generous, principled, intelligent, honest, and above all forthright.  He has a passion for politics, and a deep appreciation for our Founding Fathers and their vision for our great nation, namely freedom and liberty.

Ryan's campaign platform builds on these ideals by putting forth a plan to reduce the scope of government, grow the economy, reduce health care costs, protect individual freedoms, and hold politicians accountable in Raleigh.

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.

The number one responsibility of any representative of the people is to protect our rights guaranteed to us in the U.S. Constitution. Sadly some politicians have worked to erode these freedoms in the name of good intentions. Ryan will make sure every citizen has the unabridged right to life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, and other rights endowed to us by our creator.

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.

Some citizens have been conditioned by politicians to ask what government can do for them. Government's proper role is not to provide for individuals or redistribute wealth, but to ensure optimal conditions for citizens to succeed. While not always popular, Ryan won't promise people more government handouts and bloated programs that don't work, but instead will fight to remove government roadblocks to their personal success.

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? A rising tide lifts all ships. For example, Ryan will work to reduce wasteful spending, burdensome regulations, and high taxes to cultivate economic opportunities for all North Carolinians. This is just one way we can help everyone.

b. Transportation needs in the state, including roads and transit in the Triangle? Studies have shown that light rail is not right for the Triangle because it helps too few people at too high a cost. Ryan will work to have resources go to the projects that help the most people, which is usually the expansion of roads and highways, not expensive rail systems that cover a small fraction of the Triangle.

c. Job creation: What strategies should the state use to attract new business and lower the unemployment rate? Covered above.

d. Health care: What should the state do next to address the problem of adults and children without adequate health care or insurance? Covered above.

e. Foreclosures: What more should the state be doing to help consumers avoid foreclosure and hold onto their homes?

f. The mental health crisis: Everyone agrees it's a mess. Now what?

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? Covered above.

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?

7. What local bills would you introduce and how closely will you work with local elected leaders in advancing their legislative agendas?

I would work very closely with local leaders of both parties to use the best ideas and address the salient issues facing our area and the state of North Carolina.

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.

Ryan believes it is important to have equal rights for all, and special rights for none.

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?

Ryan does believe in the right to choose, life. It is every human's right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This right to life is protected by the U.S. Constitution. Abortion is not a right as defined by the Constitution.

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?

Transparent, accountable government is a cornerstone of the Hilliard philosophy. Politicians work for the people, and Ryan is very cognizant of this fact. He will do everything he can to not only interact and be accountable to his constituents, but work to make all state officials operate in a way that puts the people first and holds government in general more accountable.

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