NONPARTISAN CANDIDATE GUIDE: 2018 NORTH CAROLINA CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT #13
Created by the Campus Election Engagement Project, a nonpartisan effort to help college and university administrators, faculty, and student leaders engage their schools in the election. Key sites consulted included Votesmart.org, OntheIssues.org, FactCheck.org, Politifact.com, and public candidate statements. For guides to local races, see Vote411.org from the League of Women Voters and Ballotready.org. For more detailed information visit their votesmart.org pages.
Visit tedbudd.com and kathymanning2018.com/ to volunteer. Other candidates include Tom Bailey (L) & Robert Corriher (G). We can’t include additional candidates who poll less than 15% due to lack of space, but encourage you to check their websites. To download a printable pdf version of this guide, click here.
Abortion: Mostly ban or mostly legal?
Campaign Finance: Strengthen campaign donation disclosure rules? Stand on Citizens United decision, allowing unlimited political donations from corporations and unions?
Budd – No stand found. “There does seem to be a lot of money in politics. I wish it wasn’t this way but it is.”
Climate Change: Consider climate change a serious threat? Stand on remedying it?
Budd – No. Does not see “clear evidence” that “man contributes” to climate change. Believes a carbon tax would hurt United States economy.
Manning – Yes. “We have seen rising temperatures & storms in North Carolina. It’s long past time to take steps to alleviate the impacts of climate change.” Incentivize companies to shift toward more sustainable & cleaner power supplies.
Economy: Support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
Budd – No. Lower taxes to promote economic growth.
Manning – Yes. Invest in “infrastructure to improve our transportation system, increase economic growth.”
Economy: Support Trump’s imposition of tariffs on Chinese steel and other products?
Manning – No stand found on tariffs. Need “trade deals that are fair, strengthen our economy, & protect our workers.“
Education: Help parents send their children to private schools with public money?
Manning – No specific stand. Says will fight to “ensure every child goes to a great public school regardless of their zip code.”
Elections: Support nonpartisan redistricting to address charges of partisan gerrymandering?
Environment: Support cutbacks in Environmental Protection Administration?
Financial Regulation: Cut back Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)?
Gay Marriage: Support gay marriage?
Gun Control: Support more restrictive gun control legislation?
Healthcare: Support or Repeal Affordable Care Act (ACA), known as Obamacare?
Manning – Support & fix. “If you make insurance for people with preexisting conditions so expensive it’s out of reach, you are not protecting people with preexisting conditions.“ Let Medicare negotiate prescription drug prices.
Healthcare: Let Planned Parenthood receive public funds for non-abortion health care?
Manning – Likely yes. Endorsed by Planned Parenthood Action Fund.
Immigration: Support path to citizenship for “DACA” recipients or “Dreamers,” who were brought here illegally as children?
Minimum Wage: Raise the federal minimum wage above $7.25?
Manning – No specific stand. “We need a strong economy that offers jobs that pay a living wage.”
Net Neutrality: Require internet providers to provide equal access to all users?
Budd – No. Endorsed repeal.
President Trump: Percentage of votes supporting President Trump’s positions?
Budd – Voted with Trump 90% of time, as of Oct 10.
Manning – N/A
Renewable Energy: Support government subsidies for renewable energy?
Budd – Unclear. General preference for purely market solutions & critical ratings from environmental groups, but no specific stand.
Manning – Yes. “Ensure North Carolina continues its leadership in renewable energy technology.” Support companies shifting toward more sustainable energy.
Student Debt: Refinance student loans at lower rates? Increase federal student financial aid, like Pell Grants?
Taxes: Support President Trump’s tax cuts?
Manning – No. Exploded the national debt & put Social Security at risk. “Imagine what they could have done if their priority had been middle-class families…instead of big corporations & the ultra-wealthy.”
Voting Rules: Support stricter voting rules, even if they limit access?
Budd – No stand found.