Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Tom Simmons, Democratic candidate for Brunswick County’s House District 17

Simmons will face Republican and sitting Representative Frank Iler in the general election for House District 17 this month.

Tom Simmons is running for Brunswick County's House District 17. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Tom Simmons)
Tom Simmons is running for Brunswick County’s House District 17. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Tom Simmons)

BRUNSWICK COUNTY — Tom Simmons is vying for a seat in North Carolina’s House of Representatives.

Simmons is a registered Democrat.

Below are Simmon’s answers to Port City Daily’s questions:

What do you bring to the table?

Leadership for today and vision for tomorrow.

What bills do you hope or to introduce this legislative session?

Funding the DEQ, expansion of Medicaid, repeal of Hardison Rule.

What is the weakest aspect of the General Assembly at this time?

Unwillingness to work together for the best interest of N.C.

What is the strongest aspect of the General Assembly at this time?

Governor with [a] high approval rating.

How are you similar to your potential constituents? How are you different?

Concerned that current leadership is taking N.C. in the wrong direction. I do not feel I am different.

What are the top three issues House District 17 faces at this time?

Offshore drilling, affordable health care, opioid crisis.

How specifically do you plan to address these issues as an elected representative?

Introduce legislation to ban offshore drilling, expand Medicaid, funding for local programs for treatment

What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment of the past two years?

Having the honor of running for N.C. House and having the support of my fellow Brunswick [County] supporters.

Do you believe the state’s film industry shift from an incentive to a grant program for the film industry has been successful?

I do not. N.C. continues to lose film jobs to other states.

Does the state’s environmental team have the resources it needs to address the issues we’re facing?

No[.] The DEQ must be funded in order to monitor corporate polluters.


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