NC House Candidate John R. Bradford, III, Endorsed By The Police Benevolent Association of North Carolina

Police Benevolent AssnBradford endorsed by the nation’s “Voice of Law Enforcement Officers”

Cornelius, NC: NC State House District 98 candidate John R. Bradford, III, is the candidate of choice by our men and women in uniform with the announcement of his endorsement by the North Carolina Division of the Southern States Police Benevolent Association for the NC House District 98 race.

This latest endorsement, combined with Bradford’s current endorsements from the Charlotte Fire Fighters Association (CFFA) and the Fraternal Order of Police Charlotte Lodge #9, makes Bradford the only candidate in the NC House District 98 race that is publicly supported by multiple organizations dedicated to the protection of our men and women in uniform.

“It’s rewarding and humbling to be the only candidate in my race with three endorsements from three different, but similar, organizations that are all comprised of men and women in uniform. These endorsements are not by chance but demonstrate my commitment to men and women in uniform. It’s a consistent message that cannot be overlooked by the voters in District 98.” said Bradford. “I understand the important role in our community by those individuals who serve in law enforcement. The sacrifices made by them and their families demand the respect of each and every elected official. I look forward to representing them in the NC House.”

The Southern States Police Benevolent Association, Inc. is composed of more than 35,000 law enforcement officers employed by Federal, State, County and Municipal, governments. This professional association, funded by membership dues and citizen contributions, provides legal, disciplinary and other representation to officers who are members. The Southern States Police Benevolent Association is “The Voice of Law Enforcement Officers.” More information is available including their candidate recommendations on their website at: www.sspba.org/gen/chapters/North_Carolina_Division_11.jsp

Q&A with John Bradford: How do you feel about solar, fracking, wind energy and other forms of alternative energy?

QandAQ: How do you feel about solar, fracking, wind energy and other forms of alternative energy?

A: I believe that America must work towards energy independence. For example, North Carolina is the 2nd best state for renewable energy and has created over 18,000 new jobs. America and North Carolina alike have the ingenuity, engineering and innovation to become energy independent. I support forms of alternative energy that bring our men and women home safe and sound from the Middle East.

Q&A with John Bradford: What would have been ideal legislation for coal ash spill? What would have been more adequate for your ideals?

QandAQ: What would have been ideal legislation for coal ash spill? What would have been more adequate for your ideals?

A: I have an Engineering degree and worked as a Senior Environmental Engineer for ExxonMobil Corporation for 4 years immediately after college. We need better dry disposal methods for coal ash to minimize the environmental impact while keeping energy costs low. It is unfortunate that a Democrat led legislature voted to exempt coal ash pond regulatory oversight under the Landfill Bill of 2007. Republican leadership has now established a process for such regulatory oversight. I will work to make sure we have environmentally safe ways to dispose of coal ash while keeping energy costs low for North Carolinians.

Q&A with John Bradford: North Carolina has made headlines for its teacher pay and overall education. What do you think of the legislation that was recently passed? What should the next steps be?

QandAQ: North Carolina has made headlines for its teacher pay and overall education. What do you think of the legislation that was recently passed? What should the next steps be?

A: Only in politics can a $1-Billion dollar education budget increase in the last 4-years under Republican leadership be called a $500M budget cut. The fact is the General Assembly has increased total education funding in NC every single year since 2010. Education spending in NC accounts for approximately 60% of the State’s budget. In the US we spend more per child for education than any other country in the world. We need to remove politics from the classroom. The education establishment in D.C and Raleigh has to start embracing accountability and not failure. I want to pay our teacher’s more and increase classroom resources while holding everyone accountable. Having earned my Master’s degree while working a full time job I understand the dedication and commitment that’s required for this accomplishment. That said, I want to restore the pay increase for teachers who earn a Master’s Degree.

Q&A with John Bradford: What would you do for businesses in the state, small or large, to help with economic growth and job creation?

QandAQ: 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&A with John Bradford: 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?

QandAQ: 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&A with John Bradford: What would be your top priorities if elected?

QandAQ: What would be your top priorities if elected?

A:
- 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.

Q&A with John Bradford: What makes you the best candidate?

QandAQ: What makes you the best candidate?

A: I am the only candidate in my race that owns and operates a small business. I am also the only candidate in my race that is an elected official with political experience. My successful track record in both business and government is guided by a common sense approach of getting things done.

As a Town Commissioner I have cut and then maintained our Town’s tax rate, prioritized spending, and voted to make strategic investments. I have made myself available during the last three years at my monthly “Commissioner Coffee Chat” where anyone is welcome and I can listen/discuss various issues with my constituents.

I am from a family of educators so I understand the value of a strong education system from K-12 as well as in higher education. I am resolved and passionate to work with anyone, no matter their profession or political affiliation, to ensure NC has one of the best educational systems in the country.

I am committed to make the Lake Norman region the best place to live, work, and play and to make a great state even greater.

Q&A with John Bradford: How has your background prepared you for office?

QandAQ: How has your background prepared you for office?

A: I believe my family, faith, business experience and public service has uniquely prepared me to serve in the NC House. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 13 years and we have four children. We are members of St. Mark’s Catholic Church.

I am serving my second term as a Cornelius Town Commissioner. In this role, I have protected tax payers’ dollars by voting twice to lower and then maintain our Town’s tax rate. I am a former Cornelius PARC Commissioner and I serve on the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce Board among many other non-profit Boards.

As a small business owner I understand first-hand the serious issues that are negatively affecting business expansion and growth. Despite these challenges I have still grown a successful business. In September, the Charlotte Business Journal named my company to the 2014 list of “Charlotte’s Fast 50.” In August, Inc. magazine ranked my company No. 1,352 out of the top 5,000 fastest growing privately owned companies in America. Of the top 5,000 only 146 are from NC and, of these, we are No. 16. I am ready to take my business experience to Raleigh.

Q&A with John Bradford: Why are you running for office?

QandAQ: Why are you running for office?

A: I am running because I believe that NC needs legislators who can bring deliberate leadership, business relevance and government experience to their Office. I believe that NC needs continued focus on stimulating our economy, recruiting new companies, creating new jobs, investing in education, paying competitive salaries to educators, eliminating entitlements to those capable of helping themselves and removing government inefficiencies.

I started my own small business, Park Avenue Properties, in 2003. Since then I have worked incredibly hard to grow aggressively but also responsibly. My company’s headquarters is located in District 98 and I have created over 50 new jobs. My formula for success is based on the old fashioned way of doing things: a lot of determination, many long days and nights, plenty of hard work, a common sense approach, a little good luck, and absolutely NO government assistance. I look forward to taking that same approach to government in Raleigh.