In race for the House District 19 seat, Representative Ted Davis, Jr. (R-New Hanover County) and Councilwoman Emilie Swearingen (D- Kure Beach) responded to questions on topics ranging from coastal insurance rates to plans for beach nourishment.
Swearingen said she would continue to fight the proposed rate increase if elected.
Davis said he would recommend reforms to the rate bureau, making sure that the model used to determine rates would use historical data from the state.
Kosikowski also asked the candidates about compensation for victims of the state's eugenics program, which forcibly sterilized thousands of people from 1933 and 1974.
In a new report released Thursday, the N.C. Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation confirmed an increase in the number of verified victim, bringing the new tally to 186 individuals in 61 counties. 168 of those victims are still alive.
Swearingen said she supports efforts to compensate victims.
Davis wouldn't commit on supporting or opposing compensation.
In the race for the District 20 seat in the house, both Commissioner Rick Catlin (R-New Hanover County) and Tom Gale (D) said they support compensating the victims.
In terms of the film incentive program, Kosikowski asked the candidates if they would support continuing the program, which has been credited for attracting several movies and TV shows to New Hanover County.
Davis and Swearingen, both say they strongly support the incentives.
Gale supports the incentives but Catlin said he has issues with providing tax incentives to an industry in order for that industry to compete in the market.
Part of the 20th district includes Figure Eight Island. On the use of terminal groins at there, Gale is against the plan, saying it will damage the environment and lead to the need for more man-made structures along the coast; Catlin supports it, saying it will protect homes on the island and won't damage the inlet.
Tuesday, March 11 2014 7:45 AM EDT2014-03-11 11:45:32 GMT
HAMPSTEAD, NC (WECT) – Rep. Chris Millis (R-Pender County) is the only local Republican member of the NC House not to endorse House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-Mecklenberg) in his bid for U.S. Senate. TillisMore >>
Rep. Chris Millis of Pender County is the only member of the local GOP delegation in the state House not to endorse Rep. Thom Tillis in his campaign for U.S. Senate. Click on the story to see why Millis is not endorsing Tillis or any other candidate in the GOP field.More >>
Friday, March 7 2014 8:10 AM EST2014-03-07 13:10:59 GMT
SWANNANOA, N.C. (AP/WECT) - State Sen. Martin Nesbitt, who this week stepped down as minority leader because of illness, has died. He was 67. Senate Democratic Caucus Director Ford Porter said NesbittMore >>
Just days after stepping down as the Senate Minority Leader in the General Assembly, state Sen. Martin Nesbitt (D-Buncombe) passed away from stomach cancer.More >>
Wednesday, March 5 2014 8:03 AM EST2014-03-05 13:03:49 GMT
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina state Sen. Martin Nesbitt has stepped down as the Senate's minority leader because of a recent medical diagnosis. Sen. Dan Blue is taking his place. The Senate DemocraticMore >>
State Sen. Martin Nesbitt (D-Buncombe) has stepped down from his position of Minority Leader because of a health issue. Sen. Dan Blue (D-Wake) will be filling the role.More >>
Sunday, March 2 2014 10:02 AM EST2014-03-02 15:02:31 GMT
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – A flurry of final-day filings on Friday added candidates to races for seats in Washington DC, Raleigh and southeastern North Carolina. New Hanover County Commissioner JonathanMore >>
Several last-minute filings set up primary challenges for candidates seeking office in Raleigh and Washington, DC. Nearly all Sheriffs in southeastern North Carolina will also have primary challenges in 2014.More >>
Friday, February 28 2014 12:00 AM EST2014-02-28 05:00:12 GMT
FLORENCE, SC (WECT) – Will Breazeale, the 2008 Republican nominee for North Carolina's 7th Congressional District seat, has decided not to run for the same office in 2014. In a news release sent out lateMore >>
Will Breazeale, who won the GOP nomination in the 7th Congressional District in 2008, has decided not to make another run for the office in 2014.More >>
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