There are too many families hurting in our community from years of self-serving politics in our state. My daughters’ future is what motivates me to make tough decisions, so our community remains a place where future generations can earn a comfortable living through hard work, raise their children in strong public schools, and count on an affordable, unsurpassed health care system.

Through my time volunteering at my daughters’ public schools, I have seen firsthand that our teachers and principals suffer from a top-down approach in our schools where bureaucrats in Raleigh add unnecessary paperwork to their responsibilities and waste our tax dollars before they ever reach the classroom. I am fighting to put an end to that. We need more local control of our schools, so parents and teachers can have the flexibility to do what’s best for their kids.

Our country is the envy of the world because we are free. Yet in our state, liberals in Raleigh spent the last decade growing bigger and bigger government – so much so that it strangled the job market. When the voters swept out of power that liberal approach, we had one of the highest unemployment rates in the country. Since then, I have gone to work rolling back excessive government and returning power — and tax dollars — to the people, where it belongs. For our economy to grow out of this recession and provide jobs for out-of-work North Carolinians, we must protect our freedom from excessive government intervention.

Specifically, our state’s economy suffered from excessive tax rates and government red tape. When our government is big, our private businesses cannot innovate and expand. That’s why I pushed for tax reform that lowers the tax burden on everyone and regulatory reform that frees businesses to grow. I will continue to work every day to find wasteful government spending, so we can reduce further the taxes burdening North Carolinians and attract new businesses.

North Carolina in particular badly needed to lower taxes to compete with other states. Before I was elected, the Tax Foundation rated our state’s business climate 44th in the country. I went to work immediately on this problem, and now our business climate is 17th best in the country. For our area in particular, local family farms were threatened by the death (estate) tax, which egregiously taxes profits a second time after you die. I sponsored the bill to eliminate this tax, so our farmers can keep their businesses in the family. I also co-sponsored the bill to add a sunset date to all regulations, so we can reassess all regulations regularly and eliminate needless red tape.

We must prevent the implementation of Obamacare in our state. Besides being the largest tax hike in history, it is a job-killer, an assault on religious freedom, and a threat to our doctor-patient relationship, if not our entire health care system. Even though it is a federal issue, we can join other states fighting Obamacare and refuse the Medicaid-funding trap that adds huge costs to our system in years to come. That’s exactly what we did, and I stand ready to fight Obamacare at every opportunity.

My record proves I will fight efforts to infringe on our 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms. Hunting and sporting is a way of life here, and I will defend the long-held traditions that unite our community. Gun control laws simply make it more difficult for law-abiding citizens to protect themselves.

I agree with the words of Alexis de Tocqueville who wrote at our country’s founding, “America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”

My Christian faith is foundational to my political philosophy. I’m pro-life, and I supported the marriage amendment, which defined marriage as a relationship between one man and one woman.

I believe public service is a noble calling, and our state’s serious challenges demand that we restore honor, humility, and honesty to our politics. My faith teaches me that I have a higher standard to hold my life to, and by God’s grace, I will never embarrass you or betray your trust.

Common-sense reforms restore faith in our system of self-government. That’s why I supported a voter ID bill that reformed our state’s election system in many ways, because voter fraud is an insult to all who have fought to keep our country free.