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Meet the NC House 19 candidates

Democrat Val Applewhite and Republican Wesley Meredith are vying for the North Carolina Senate District 19 seat currently held by Democratic Senator Kirk deViere.

Senate District 19 encompasses most of Cumberland County’s population and land, including rural areas on the north, south, and east sides, as well as Hope Mills and parts of Fayetteville.

Below are the candidates’ responses to a Fayetteville Observer questionnaire. Responses have been edited for style and grammar.

Val Applewhite

Last name: Val Applewhite

Age: 61

Close family: Adult sons, Joseph Applewhite and Damani Applewhite

Occupation: Real estate broker

Elective office exercised: Three-term Fayetteville City Council 2007-2013

Contact:ValApplewhiteNCSenate.com; facebook.com/ValForNCSenate

What restrictions, if any, would you place on abortion in North Carolina? If the pregnancy is ectopic, or if the fetus is dead and its corpse could cause a fatal infection, or if the pregnancy could otherwise seriously injure or kill the mother, what language would you include in the statutes to ensure that doctors can terminate the pregnancy and save the life of the mother without fear of prosecution? It is unfortunate that women are experiencing total attacks on their sexual and reproductive health in this country. I would oppose any further restrictions on access to abortion in North Carolina. I would also object to any language that could lead to lawsuits against doctors who perform these procedures. The decision to have an abortion is one of the most personal and difficult decisions a woman can make; it should be left to the woman, her family and her doctor. Period. Sudden stop.

When a bill to legalize marijuana for medical purposes is introduced in the General Assembly next year, would you support or oppose it, and why? I would support him. As a 20-year disabled Air Force veteran, I understand the experience of physical and emotional trauma veterans experience as a result of their service to our country. The legalization of medical marijuana has always been an issue discussed with veterans in the district. They ask us to do more than “thank them for their service”, they need help to live after serving. Supporting the legalization of medical marijuana is one way to do this.

If the Democratic Governor and Republican leaders who want Medicaid expansion fail to reach a deal this year, would you support or oppose it next year? What should the government do for low-income workers and those who don’t have health insurance because they can’t afford to buy it on the open market and who are prohibited by federal law from buy through Obamacare? Expanding Medicaid would be the most effective and efficient way to ensure low-income North Carolina residents can access affordable, quality health care. It is ridiculous that we are one of the few states that has not yet done so. Additionally, expanding Medicaid would free up millions of federal dollars, keeping rural hospitals open and bringing well-paying jobs to the state. In the State Senate, I will be a strong vote with Governor Cooper to bring Medicaid expansion to our state. »

Wesley Meredith

Wesley Meredith

Last name: Wesley A. Meredith

Age: N / A

Close family: N / A

Occupation: landscape contractor

Elective office exercised: Fayetteville City Council and North Carolina State Senator

Contact: [email protected]

What restrictions, if any, would you place on abortion in North Carolina? If the pregnancy is ectopic, or if the fetus is dead and its corpse could cause a fatal infection, or if the pregnancy could otherwise seriously injure or kill the mother, what language would you include in the statutes to ensure that doctors can terminate the pregnancy and save the life of the mother without fear of prosecution? All life is sacred. I support policies that protect and respect the lives of unborn babies and pregnant women. I categorically oppose late and partial abortion and would strive to restrict these barbaric practices. I would only support new abortion regulations that include clear exceptions for rape, incest, protection of the mother’s life, and compassionate care of fetuses with catastrophic malformations that cannot survive outside of the uterus or who have already died.

When a bill to legalize marijuana for medical purposes is introduced in the General Assembly next year, would you support or oppose it, and why? I can’t say if I would support a bill that has yet to be drafted or tabled in 2023, but I would support the legalization of medical marijuana if there were clear and enforceable regulations and the implementation of politics. Many veterans and others suffering from long-term debilitating pain – including terminal cancer or other illnesses – have advocated for medical marijuana to treat their symptoms. I sympathize with them and will work to implement a common sense policy that gives them relief while maintaining strong safeguards, keeping drugs out of the reach of children. I oppose the legalization of recreational marijuana.

If the Democratic Governor and Republican leaders who want Medicaid expansion fail to reach a deal this year, would you support or oppose it next year? What should the government do for low-income workers and those who don’t have health insurance because they can’t afford to buy it on the open market and who are prohibited by federal law from buy through Obamacare? Yes, I support Medicaid expansion, especially in the context of global health care reform. North Carolina has a shortage of suppliers. If we expand Medicaid to hundreds of thousands of low-income people, which I support, we should also expand access to doctors, nurses, other providers, and health facilities. I supported free market reforms to increase competition and reduce health care costs. I continue to support these reforms, as well as the expansion of Medicaid, which would increase access to care and reduce the cost of care for people with private insurance who currently pay for people without insurance.