Q & A with Terence Everitt
(NC House District 35)
Terence Everitt is a father, husband, and small business owner running to represent NC House District 35. He has his own law practice in Wake Forest where he works on behalf of other small business owners, representing them in legal matters and assisting in the creation and development of new businesses. Terence is committed to local growth and serves as a Member of the Board of Directors for the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce. Terence narrowly lost this seat in one of the most competitive campaigns in the state in 2016 and is back to finish the job in 2018.
Q. What’s your highest priority for your district?
The highest priority in House District 35 is investing in education. North Carolina has always been known as a state that values public education. However, since taking control of the General Assembly, the Republicans in Raleigh have repeatedly chosen to cut taxes for those at the top rather than investing in our public schools. North Carolina now ranks 43rd in the nation in per pupil spending, more than $3000 below the national average. It is time we stop cutting and start investing again in our public schools, our teachers, our community colleges and universities—in our children, and in our future.
Q. For people originally from your district, what changes will they see in the lives of their family and friends after you’re elected?
For folks in House District 35, and throughout North Carolina, they will finally have a government that works for them. Our victory in November, along with a handful of our colleagues, will mean a break in the GOP-supermajority in the House, effectively giving Governor Cooper a veto that cannot be overridden. Republicans, for the first time in almost a decade, will have to come to the table and negotiate with Democrats. In short, my constituents will see an end to the rightwing fantasyland that has been routinely mocked on late night talk shows and a return to the North Carolina that invests in itself, values public education, and looks to the future.
Q. Why should people from outside the state care about what happens in North Carolina?
Folks from outside our state should care about what happens in North Carolina because we, as a country, cannot allow discriminatory measures like Amendment One and HB2 go unanswered. We cannot let the disenfranchisement of African American voters, done 'with almost surgical precision,' and the perennial attacks on women’s health and reproductive rights to go unchecked. Nor can we pretend that North Carolina is somehow isolated. As we have seen time and again, these ALEC-inspired policies—whether they be bathroom bills, voter suppression tactics, or underfunding public schools in favor of privately-owned charters—spread throughout the country, infecting one state after another. We all need North Carolina to be a bulwark against these regressive ideas and the best way to do that is to make it clear that there are consequences to politicians that peddle in discrimination and barter our children’s future for shortsighted political gain.