Tuesday, April 23, 2024

2022 Primary Election: Robert John Colon for U.S. Senate

Robert John Colon of Wallace is running in the U.S. Senate race. (Courtesy photo)

NORTH CAROLINA — Robert John Colon of Wallace is running in the U.S. Senate race. Colon must defeat 10 other Democratic candidates in the primaries to secure his spot in the general election.

Port City Daily has sent a questionnaire to every candidate appearing on ballots in the tri-county region, even those unopposed. For federal and state offices, we asked candidates to address issues pertinent to the Cape Fear: PFAS, offshore wind, affordable housing and more.

The paywall is dropped on profiles to help voters make informed decisions.

As a reminder, the early voting period runs from Apr. 28 to May 14. The voter registration deadline is Apr. 22. Voters may partake in same-day registration throughout the two-week early voting period (check if your registration is active at your current address).

Primary Election Day is May 17. Voters will choose which candidates from their registered party they want to move forward in the formal election. Those who are registered as unaffiliated can choose which party’s primary they want to vote in.

Colon’s stances on issues are discussed below. All answers are included in full and the candidate’s opinions and statements are not a reflection of Port City Daily. Responses are edited only for grammar, spelling and clarity.

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Port City Daily (PCD): Name three projects that you would advocate for funding and why. 

Robert John Colon (RJC): I see this as vast and complicated, but in general guarding funds available in trusts concerns me since we are dealing with future generations.

PCD: Do you support offshore wind development? Clean energy tax breaks? Explain. 

RJC: It concerns me how it affects fishing, which I desire to promote.

PCD:  Where do you stand on women’s rights to choose? 

RJC: Approach the regulation of interests realistically, but strive to ensure openness to how the Supreme Court decides the issue.

PCD: What are the main priorities to address infrastructure needs in North Carolina? 

RJC: Embrace the process of globalization to enable economic leaders to work wisely for society’s improvement, with emphasis on better means of communication.

PCD: How would you propose all North Carolinians have access to affordable healthcare? 

RJC: My last answer applies here since we can share medical information and achieve closer links among medical personnel with better means of communication.

PCD: Are there any actions you support to increase equitability and opportunities for historically marginalized populations? 

RJC: Strive to ensure solidarity with immigrants.

PCD: How far should the state go to attract companies and promote economic development? 

RJC: I support integral development, guaranteeing society’s most precious goods, such as democracy and peace.

PCD: What needs to be done to address PFAs in drinking water and other chemicals that are poisoning multiple states’ drinking water? 

RJC: Bring about serious dialogue among all parties.

PCD: What are the top issues in our K-12 schools right now and how would you work to address it? 

RJC: The link between schools and prisons concerns me. I emphasize offering help to change behavior.

PCD: What resources do we need in place to continue to fight Covid-19? How should NC prepare for a future pandemic? 

RJC: I view a globalized economy as part of the way to having modern systems of providing care at our disposal.

PCD: Where do you stand on the decriminalization of marijuana? Explain. 

RJC: If marijuana, after careful consideration, was to be no longer subject to control, according to the agency making those decisions, I support that.

PCD: What industries should the US be honing in on to create a better workforce and economy? 

RJC: As I stated, I desire to promote fishing.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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