Name as it appears on the ballot: Yvonne Lewis Holley
Date of birth: January 27, 1952
Campaign website: www.yvonnelewisholley.com
Occupation & employer: Recently Retired State Employee from the State of North Carolina, Dept. of Administration as a State Procurement/Contract Specialist
1. Gov. Perdue is proposing a 3/4ths of 1-cent sales tax increase to balance the budget and avoid more cuts to education. Do you support her proposal? A different tax increase? Or no tax increase?
Although I would like no tax increase, I support her proposal of reinstation the temporary tax that expired last year
I also support expanding our tax base to reflect the economy fairly and equitably. As we expand our tax base we also need to stimulate our economy to increase revenues.
2. Do you support the Racial Justice Act? Is it time for North Carolina to abolish the death penalty?
Yes, I support the Racial Justice Act. I support fairness for all people.
One mistake is too many when lives are at stake. I would abolish the death penalty due to the unfairness that has been exhibit.
3. Are you in favor of a Voter ID law? Why or why not? What steps can the state take to increase voter participation in elections?
I do not support a voter ID law. This law is another way of restricting the voting rights of people. It is an expensive non solution to a problem does not exist.
We can increase voter participation in elections with more education on the importance of the vote and make access to early voting easier with more locations. Also inform voters better about changes in voter districts.
4. How will you vote on Amendment One, the amendment to ban gay marriages, civil unions and all other domestic partnerships other than the marriage of one man and one woman?
I will vote against Amendment One. I believe in the rights of all people.
5. Do you support a woman's right to choose to terminate her pregnancy? Would you sign a bill requiring that a woman, before choosing abortion, undergo an ultrasound? Be counseled about alternatives? Or in other ways be discouraged from choosing an abortion?
I support the existing laws of a woman's right to choose. No changes are necessary.
6. Should the state take additional steps to encourage solar, wind and other renewable energy sources? Should additional nuclear plants in North Carolina be encouraged, discouraged or stopped?
I do feel that North Carolina should be on the forefront of renewable energy sources of solar and wind. I think other renewable energy sources need to be thoroughly researched and evaluated with environmental impacts before decisions are made. I do feel that there could be some limited opportunities for nuclear plants in some areas of the State after research and environmental impacts have been completed and evaluated.
7. What should we do about fracking—extracting natural gas by fracturing rock underground? Do you view it as a technology ready to use in North Carolina? Or one to be studied carefully before any decision about it is made?
The unique coastline of North Carolina and the tourist business is such a large part of the State of North Carolina, economy that I feel real caution is needed. I don't feel that this technology is ready for use in North Carolina. It should be studied carefully before any decision is made.
8. Will you support putting the proposed 1/2-cent sales tax for transit on the ballot in Wake County in 2012? Will you vote for or against it in a referendum?
I would vote for the ballot. I lived in Washington DC for a number of years and saw the tremendous rewards of a vibrant, efficient transportation system.
9. With Dorothea Dix Hospital closing, should the state give or sell the 306-acre Dix tract for use as a park? What should the future of Dix Hill be, and what role should the state play in its future?
I support the current efforts that are taking place between the State and the City that would result in a park for future generations. Any proceeds should go toward mental health and mental health should always be a mission of the Park.
10. The General Assembly's been criticized for years as a place where the majority rules and takes unfair advantage to hold onto power, depriving the other party and the public of due-process rights that are basic to a democracy. Do you agree with that criticism? If so, what reforms would you support to make the legislature run better?
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11. On reapportionment, both parties have shown that they will abuse the redistricting process when give a chance. Will you support a bill in the next session to turn all future redistricting over to a non-partisan or bi-partisan independent commission?
I would be will to sponsor it.