NORTH CAROLINA — Drew Bulecza, of Lincolnton, is a Republican in the race for U.S. Senate. Bulecza must defeat 13 other Republican 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.
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Bulecza’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.
Port City Daily (PCD): Name three projects that you would advocate for funding and why.
Drew Bulecza (DB): I believe in free market enterprise and do not believe in subsidies or funding of any kind unless it has to do with necessary infrastructure. Any other type should seek private funding and not be tax payer funded.
PCD: Do you support the state’s progression toward offshore wind development? Clean energy tax breaks? Explain.
DB: No! Windmills have not been developed enough to my satisfaction and doing offshore comes with many other issues such as disturbing aquatic life and further polluting the ocean. I’ve done the math and their lifespan does not even meet their initial construction costs at this time. They can not properly be disposed of, use fossil fuels to build and leak oil excessively. They also destroy wildlife. Until it can be proven that they are worth using I do not see them as a viable or economical source of energy.
PCD: What are the main priorities to address infrastructure needs in North Carolina?
DB: Let’s remove the corruption from government and pay-offs to contractors that build substandard infrastructure or eliminate political bribes and embezzlement so that infrastructure improvements can actually move forward. North Carolina is one of the most profitable states, taxes keep going up yet not enough is being done because of corruption and wasteful spending.
PCD: How would you propose all North Carolinians have access to affordable healthcare?
DB: I have said this to the fed. Study models around the globe and compare the best. Free markets will allow competition and lower costs. Big Pharma and the entire health care system is out of control. Too costly for the average American to afford. There is no such thing at this time as affordable healthcare and subsidies are not the answer.
PCD: Are there any actions you support to make North Carolina a more equitable state and provide opportunities to historically marginalized populations?
DB: America was and still is to some degree the land of opportunity. People create their own inequities for the most part but fixing the immigration crisis would be a good step. I believe in teaching our children financial planning, responsibility, accountability and do not condone enabling at any level. The borders must be secured and people should come to this country legally and pursue the proper naturalization procedures as did our ancestors. Historically marginalized??? If people choose to live in certain conditions that is their choice. I worked with a young man years ago. I was his boss. We use to meet for lunch often and he expressed to me that he wanted to start his own business but being a minority he didn’t have the same options I did and had many more obstacles to overcome. I told him he needed to get that chip off his shoulder and stand up and take charge of his own successes and failures. Stop blaming others and live life to the fullest. I ran into him a few years later. He started his own business and had become very successful. Our attitude sets our altitude and any of us can overcome…no matter what our station or social background.
PCD: Coming out of 2021, wherein NC garnered over $400 million from film projects, should North Carolina take steps to strengthen the industry, such as improving grants?
DB: North Carolina is a beautiful state in itself and will attract businesses and opportunities for that reason, location, climate and existing growth. I so NOT condone pandering to extreme liberalism or caving to threats such as what happened with HB2 and companies threatening not to come here. They will come here anyway…don’t cave to terrorism.
PCD: How far should the state go to attract companies and promote economic development?
DB: This is no different than Boosters…bribing and pandering to attract. As I stated earlier NC will attract companies because of its climate and the beauty of this state along with a strong economy.
PCD: What needs to be done to address PFAs in North Carolinians’ drinking water?
DB: If a way can not be found to prevent contamination the use of them should be restricted. I am not a big fan of the chemical industry and would rather do without.
PCD: How does the state need to improve its flood resilience plan to prevent disaster scenarios, like Hurricane Florence’s aftermath?
DB: I’m from Florida…you can’t outsmart Mother Nature but you can prepare. Have evacuation procedures in place. In Florida insurance companies will not insure structures built in flood zone areas or known storm paths. This is a great deterrent against building in those areas. People that chose to live in those high risk areas take full responsibility for losses endured.
PCD: What are the top issues in our K-12 schools right now and how would you work to address it?
DB: Teach academics not critical race theory, political idealogies or inappropriate sexual discussions.
PCD: What resources do we need in place to continue to fight Covid-19? How should NC prepare for a future pandemic?
DB: You mean after the 2 weeks to slow the curve?? Hold those accountable for using this plandemic for political and economic gain.
PCD: Where do you stand on the decriminalization of marijuana? Explain.
DB: Gateway drug. Medical use only
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