It's time to put our priorities in order and work together to make a great state even greater.
- John Bradford, NC House District 98
Q: What would you do for businesses in the state, small or large, to help with economic growth and job creation?
A: First, I am a small business owner and have created over 50 new jobs for our local economy. I am the only candidate that owns and operates a small business. I know first-hand that we have to get government out of the way of the private sector to help our businesses grow and expand while creating jobs. We need a level playing field for all businesses and we should focus on rewarding job creators. I want to focus on cutting both personal and corporate income tax rates. NC needs a government with a low regulatory environment and low taxes for long term economic growth. We need to make strategic investments in infrastructure today to create an economic corridor for tomorrow.
Q: This year’s budget was delayed by a stalemate as were other key bills. What would you do to work with others across the political party aisle and within your own party?
A: I currently serve in a non-partisan role as a Cornelius Town Commissioner. I have demonstrated that I can work with anyone, no matter their party affiliation, through my elected experience. During my three years in elected office I have held monthly “Commissioner Bradford Coffee Chats” where I make myself available to any of my constituents to discuss any and all issues regardless of party affiliation. Recently, I have been endorsed by several groups such as the North Carolina Association of Educators, Charlotte Mecklenburg Association of Educators, Fraternal Order of Police and Charlotte Fire Fighters Association which, some of these groups, have historically endorsed Democrat candidates. Despite this trend my reasonable and common-sense approach to business and government gave all these groups the confidence to endorse my candidacy.
Q: What would be your top priorities if elected?
- Education: We need to ensure we are paying our teachers competitively so NC can retain and recruit top rated educators today to teach our children tomorrow. I believe we need to first reform our education system and then invest in the tools, talent, and time needed to make our students successful from when they first enter the public education system until graduation from NC Universities.
- Business: NC needs to be competitive in attracting new business & retaining current businesses. The top challenge facing NC is the continued need for business growth/expansion while removing the unnecessary regulatory burdens on our business owners. I intend to help reform our regulatory and tax codes to create jobs in NC.
- Infrastructure: I think the NCDOT should be reformed adding greater accountability. The challenge facing our state is an infrastructure system that is in much need of increased strategic investments for long term economic growth.