SOUTHEASTERN, N.C. — David Sink, Jr. is running for Senate District 8 and hoping to serve Brunswick, Bladen and Pender Counties. He hopes to unseat Senator Bill Rabon, who has served the district since 2010.
Sink is a registered Democrat.
Below are Cohen’s answers to Port City Daily’s questions.
What do you bring to the table?
As an NC native and product of the NC Public School System and University System, I bring a love of the state with a wealth of experience. I served the state for 31 years in the NC Community College System where I was president of two community colleges and currently own a small business in Leland. My skills included active listening, identifying needs, responding to all inquiries and following through on all initiatives. Also, I bring a pledge to help return civility to the state senate.
What bills do you hope to introduce this legislative session?
It is my desire to immediately work with legislators to introduce bold initiatives for water quality improvement, increase teacher pay and per-pupil spending by using the Education Lottery money for the way it was intended, oppose off-shore drilling and increase Medicaid.
What is the weakest aspect of the General Assembly at this time?
Lack of civility. Democracy has been replaced by oligarchy.
What is the strongest aspect of the General Assembly at this time?
Pulling together to address disaster relief from Hurricane Florence.
How are you similar to your constituents? How are you different?
I am similar in that I have a desire to serve the people. I am different in that I am here for the people and not the special interests of corporations. I am different in that I will hold monthly meetings in the district and will return phone calls and written requests.
What are the top three issues District 8 faces at this time?
Teacher pay and per-pupil spending in the public school; Water quality improvement; and, Opposing off-shore drilling.
How specifically do you plan to address these issues as an elected representative?
Public education needs will be addressed by using the Education Lottery money as a supplement and not supplanting the current educational budget. Water quality will be addressed by giving the Department of Environmental Quality the funding they need to inspect and hold industry accountable for putting toxic waste in our drinking water supply. I will join with the governor in opposing off-shore drilling. Any economic gain from off-shore drilling is not worth the risk. We need to move forward with renewable energy initiatives.
What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment of the past two years?
Serving the people through active membership in the Leland Rotary Club, Leland Economic Development Committee, Brunswick Community College Education Foundation, and Cape Fear Boy Scout Council.
Do you believe the state’s film industry shift from an incentive to a grant program for the film industry has been successful?
NO! We have lost the film industry to neighboring states as a result of moving to a grant program as opposed to an incentive approach.
Does the state’s environmental team have the resources it needs to address the issues we’re facing?
NO! The general assembly has actually reduced the budget of the Department of Environmental Quality(DEQ) at a time when GenX and other toxins are being dumped in the Cape Fear River. The problem of GenX being airborne needs to be addressed immediately by DEQ.
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