Meet James Dawkins, a candidate in the democratic primary for the 19th District seat in the NC House of Representatives

James Dawkins, democratic candidate for NC House 19th District

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Four candidates are seeking their party’s nomination in the primary elections for the newly re-drawn 19th District seat in North Carolina’s House of Representatives. James Dawkins and Marcia Morgan are the candidates in the democratic primary, with Charlie Miller and David Perry running in the republican primary. The primary winners will face each other in the 2020 General Election in November.

All of the candidates agreed to be interviewed at WECT, answering the same questions on a range of issues that includes education, healthcare, opioid addiction, economic growth, environment and gun violence.

Dawkins, 35, currently works to assemble and install computer networks and multi-media for clients. When asked what he considers the most important issue facing the district and the state, Dawkins says it is the need to expand Medicaid in North Carolina.

“There are 640,000 North Carolinians who do not have the healthcare they need,” he says. “There are people dying. The gridlock in Raleigh is literally killing people. If we could get that done, it would really help a lot of people.”

If you would like to hear James Dawkins’ response to questions on specific issues, you can go to the corresponding time in the interview listed below:

00:40 Candidate’s biography

01:30 Why he decided to run for office in 2020

03:25 Why he is best candidate in primary

03:15 What he considers the most important issue of the campaign

05:10 Does he support exploring for oil and natural gas off east coast?

06:05 What should be done to keep GenX contamination from happening again?

08:10 What types of jobs should be recruited to the area to spur economic growth?

09:25 How to address the affordable housing issue?

11:20 Where does he stand on North Carolina expanding Medicaid?

12:35 What should legislature do to provide recovery resources to those suffering from opioid addiction?

14:15 What is his stance on sheriffs in NC being forced to honor ICE detainers?

15:50 What is his plan for education spending, to include pay raises for teachers?

17:10 Where does he stand on confederate memorials standing on public property?

18:35 Should there be a time limit on sessions of the NC General Assembly?

19:45 How to stop mass shootings and lower rates of gun violence?

21:20 Does he support a ban on assault-style weapons?

21:25 Does he support universal background checks?

21:40 What other issue of vital importance was not addressed in interview?

Early voting for the March primary elections begins on February 13, 2020. To check early voting site locations, dates and times in your county click here. Election day is March 3, 2020.

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