Investing in Our Public Schools
As the oldest of eight children and the first in my family to go to college, I believe that North Carolina should be a world leader in education. Our state constitution guarantees every child in North Carolina an education and I believe that it is my job as an elected official to make good on that promise. Unfortunately, Republicans in Raleigh have drastically underfunded our public schools, leaving us with crumbling classrooms, outdated textbooks and technology, and with teacher salaries that rank in the bottom half of the nation. We don’t have a money problem, we have a priority problem!
There is no future without a quality public education and a workforce that can compete globally. We cannot give tax breaks to the wealthy and out-of-state corporations when we can’t afford textbooks. We cannot fire teacher aides to pay for teacher raises. This is not how you create a quality school system to train our future workforce or how we attract businesses and families to move to North Carolina.
As Lieutenant Governor I will:
- Work to increase educator pay to at least the national average.
- Work to increase pay for our support staff.
- Work to fully fund universal PreK.
- Sit on the Board of Public Instruction and the Community College Board where I will make sure our students graduate with degrees, not mountains of debt.
- Work with Governor Cooper to pass a statewide bond referendum to address the critical infrastructure needs of our state. This includes a $2 billion investment to build and rebuild public school classrooms, $500 million for our community colleges, $800 million for our University System (including over $60 million for our HBCUs) and $100 million to address local water and sewer projects.
Improving Health Care
I believe that no North Carolinian should have to choose between lifesaving medication or a trip to the doctor over putting food on the table. In the State Senate, I have been a vocal advocate for the expansion of Medicaid and even had my microphone turned off by Sen. Berger when I spoke up for expansion.
By expanding Medicaid, we not only increase healthcare access for over 640,000 North Carolinians, including 23,000 veterans that lack health insurance, we also work to lower premiums for those already with insurance. That is why I have been a vocal supporter of Medicaid expansion and have introduced legislation for this in every single session I have served in the legislature.
Since 2013, North Carolina has experienced six hospital closures and eight more are at a severe risk of closure. Much of that strain is due to uninsured or underinsured patients placing a financial strain on hospitals. By expanding Medicaid and covering these North Carolinians, we can ensure that hospitals are being paid for the services they provide.
The best part of Medicaid expansion is that we can do this without raising taxes on working families. With the Federal Government covering 90% of the costs associated with expansion, North Carolina is positioned to lower the amount we spend on health care while at the same time creating new jobs.
As Lieutenant Governor I will fight to lower the coast of healthcare for all North Carolinians.
Growing Our Economy/Job Creation
Republicans in North Carolina continue to cut taxes for those at the top and big businesses at the expense of North Carolina’s working families. They’ve raised taxes on everything from auto repairs to home repairs, so that energy companies and big banks can get a tax break.
As your next Lieutenant Governor, I’ll fight to raise the minimum wage and cut taxes for working families. I will push to reinstate the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), the Childcare Tax Credit and the back to school sales tax holiday. As your Lieutenant Governor, I will also sit on the Board of Community Colleges and Economic Development Boards where I will bring our business and education communities together to ensure that our students are prepared for a 21st Century economy.
Standing Up for Our Environment
As the only Sierra Club endorsed candidate in this race, a League of Conservation Voters’ Green Tie Award winner, and the candidate with the highest lifetime score from the League of Conservation Voters, I will always stand up against the Republican attacks on our environment. I will continue my fight for clean air, clean water, 21st Century transportation, and moving North Carolina towards 100% renewable energy. I have continued to stand up against sweetheart deals to corporate polluters and I believe they should pay to clean up their own mess instead of passing those expenses on to taxpayers.
I am firmly opposed to off-shore drilling and fracking.
I am not afraid to stand up for our environment.
Champion for Women’s Rights
I am widely known as the most outspoken advocate for women’s reproductive health in the General Assembly. In this past session, I passionately spoke out on the floor, and in committee, to expose the anti-choice attempts to scare doctors into not providing abortions. I have been on the front-line with Planned Parenthood coordinating the efforts within my caucus to hold members accountable for their votes, and I have voted against every single bill that would limit or further restrict a woman’s access to safe and legal abortion.
I have stood up to Pat McCroy and every Republican attack that sought to limit women’s access to care, and in April of 2017, I was proud to introduce the most progressive bill on a woman’s safe access to abortion that we have seen in a decade, SB588: The Whole Women’s Health Act.
I am endorsed by Lillian’s List, and as Lieutenant Governor I will continue this fight, ensuring that ALL women have the right to make medical decisions for their own bodies.
Common Sense Gun Reform
As Lieutenant Governor, I believe in common sense gun reform that will protect the rights of hunters and sportsman, while making our communities safer. I will fight to:
– Maintain and strengthen background checks including for private sales
– Prevent domestic abusers from owning and buying guns and close the boyfriend loophole
– Prevent those with severe mental illness from owning and buying guns
– Allow law enforcement to prohibit people from carrying a concealed gun on the basis that they pose a danger or threaten public safety
– Empower the government to collect and study information about trends in gun violence
– Increase mental health resources in our communities and schools
Endorsements from Organizations:
The Editorial Boards of The News & Observer and The Charlotte Observer
“The best fit for the Lt. Gov role, however, is Van Duyn. In only her third term, she’s quickly earned the respect of Senate colleagues, and as the former Democratic Whip she’s uniquely qualified to rally support for Cooper’s agenda if he is re-elected. We recommend her in the Democratic primary.”
Lillian’s List: This organization works tirelessly to support NC’s progressive pro-choice women as they run, win and lead at all levels of political leadership. Click here to learn more.
Ken Brame, North Carolina Sierra Club Political Committee: Works to elect pro-environmental candidates. Click here to learn more.
“Terry has been a champion for our environment in the State Senate. She’s voted to hold corporate polluters accountable and to ensure that everyone has access to safe, clean, drinking water. I know she will continue that fight as Lieutenant Governor.”
Ron Ingernick, SMART Labor Union: The International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers, is one of North America’s most dynamic and diverse unions with 203,000 members. Click here to learn more.
“Working people in North Carolina have no better friend than Senator Terry Van Duyn. In the legislature, Terry has fought hard for a safe work environment for Charlotte CATS Bus Operators and other transit employees across the state, and has spearheaded in protecting the safety of our communities in preserving two crew members on the freight trains that operate in North Carolina.”
Grant Welch, Legislative Chairman, Communication Workers of America (CWA): The CWA represents 700,000 workers in private and public sector employment. Click here to learn more.
“CWA is proud to endorse Senator Terry Van Duyn for Lieutenant Governor. In the State Senate, Terry has been a champion for working people and the labor movement. She will fight to ensure that North Carolina prioritizes public education, expands medicaid and creates more good paying jobs for all North Carolinians.”
Scott Mullins, NC Professional Fire Fighters & Paramedics Association: The PFFPNC represents full-time professional fire fighters and paramedics and is a chartered state association of the International Association of Fire Fighters. Click here to learn more.
“Firefighters back Terry Van Duyn in the Democratic Primary for Lieutenant Governor because she’s always had our backs at the NC General Assembly as a State Senator.”
Endorsements from Elected Officials:
NC State Auditor Beth Wood
“As your State Auditor I run a nonpartisan shop and because of that I seldom endorse candidates in an election. However, in the campaign for Lieutenant Governor I am endorsing Terry Van Duyn. I have seen first hand what an effective Senator she has been and because of that I proudly step out and publicly endorse her in her campaign to be our next Lieutenant Governor. North Carolinians need effective leaders to move North Carolina forward. Terry’s ability to lead has been proven time and time again in the State Senate. She has shown that she can work across the aisle and advance North Carolina forward. I know she will serve honorably and I would encourage all North Carolinians to consider lending their vote to her.”
Senator Natasha Marcus, Mecklenburg County
“I know that Senator Terry Van Duyn will always stand up for what is right. In the State Senate, she has been a champion for our schools, our roads, and for Medicaid expansion. I know she’ll get the job done as out next Lieutenant Governor and I am thrilled to endorse her.”
Mayor Esther Manheimer, Buncombe County
Senator Jane Smith, Former State Senator, Robeson County
Patsy Keever, Former State Representative and Democratic Party Chair
“For the last six years, Terry has fought for us in the State Senate. She stood strong with Governor Cooper, fighting for a better budget for our public schools, the expansion of Medicaid and for fair elections that we can all participate in. Terry is the best person for the job and that is why she has my support.”
Carol Teal, Former Lillian’s List Executive Director and Kim-Marie McLellan, Former Lillian’s List Executive Director
“When we were the directors of Lillian’s List, we had the honor of working with Terry in her roles as a Board Member, Trailblazer, Candidate, and ultimately as a State Senator. We know she has what it takes to get the job done as North Carolina’s next Lieutenant Governor, where she will continue the fight to protect reproductive healthcare in North Carolina.”
Senator Mike Woodard, Durham County
Senator Sam Searcy, Wake County
“I was born and raised in Western North Carolina, so I understand the importance of geographical representation in state government. I also know that Terry Van Duyn has been, and will continue to fight for, the expansion of Medicaid, redistricting reform, and for all North Carolinians. That is why I endorse her campaign for Lieutenant Governor.”
Senator Wiley Nickel, Wake County
“Terry has been a progressive voice for North Carolina in the State Senate for years. Her leadership has been crucial to the success of breaking the supermajority and electing Democrats up and down the ticket. I know she’ll get the job done as Lieutenant Governor and that is why I am proud to endorse her campaign.”
Senator Michael Garrett, Guilford County
“I know Terry Van Duyn has been fighting for years in the State Senate for values we all share- a world class education for North Carolina, the expansion of Medicaid, and an economy that works for everyone. That is why I am thrilled to endorse her candidacy for Lieutenant Governor.”
Mayor Zeb Smathers, Canton, NC
Senator Kirk deViere, Cumberland County
“Terry’s leadership was a critical part of ‘Breaking The Supermajority’ in the Senate last November. As someone who flipped a seat ‘blue’, I know I would not be serving in the Senate today without the efforts of Terry. I have now worked with her side by side in the Senate and have witnessed her passion and commitment to the all democratic values we believe in and fight for everyday.”
Senator Harper Peterson, New Hanover County
“Senator Terry Van Duyn has been an environmental champion in the State Senate. She has stood up to corporate polluters and bad actors that threaten our air and our water. I know she will continue that fight as Lieutenant Governor and that is why I endorse her candidacy!”
Rufus Edmisten, Former Attorney General and Secretary of State
“I am endorsing Terry because I know that she is the most capable candidate and is willing to work with Governor Cooper to get North Carolina back on the right track. As Lieutenant Governor, Terry will be the ally we need to raise teacher pay, balance the scales for working families, and expand Medicaid to the 500,000 North Carolinians that lack access to affordable health care.”
Sheriff Quentin Miller, Buncombe County
“Senator Van Duyn has been a staunch defender of public education and a leading advocate for the expansion of Medicaid. These issues are directly related to my role as Sheriff — the majority of people entering the Buncombe County Detention Facility lack access to adequate medical care and many have not received the educational opportunities afforded to those who are more well off. Along with Medicaid expansion, Senator Van Duyn
is supportive of our MAT program at the Detention Facility, which is a key part of our effort to curb the opioid epidemic. Senator Van Duyn will bring both heart and smarts to the role of Lt. Governor and for that reason she has my vote.”
Commissioner Al and Shirley Whitesides, Buncombe County
“We have known Terry for over twenty years, long before she was elected to the State Senate and long before Al became the first African-American ever elected to the the County Commission. Our work with the Western North Carolina Community Foundation is how we met Terry. We were drawn to her ability to work with everyone, to listen, and to understand a situation. Those same abilities are what she took with her to Raleigh and the State Senate, and those abilities are why we feel she is the best woman for the job when it comes to being North Carolina’s next Lieutenant Governor.”
Bob Page, Chair, Replacements Ltd PAC
“In 2020, Democrats have the opportunity to become the majority in the NC Senate, but we must win the Lieutenant Governor’s race. When elected, Terry Van Duyn will play a crucial role in moving forward legislation to support the LGBTQ community, fight for immigrant justice and expand access to healthcare for thousands of North Carolinians.”
“Proud to know Terry Van Duyn since 1980. Smart as a whip, tougher than nails, able to leap tall obstacles in a single bound, and is completely full of common sense. Not to mention her sense of humor, which is important when there is so much insanity.”
Dr. Olson Huff, consultant to the Mission Hospital Health Care Foundation
Jane Whilden, former representative N.C. General Assembly