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October 12, 2012

Candidates present visions at forum

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Friday, October 12, 2012 — Gene McLaurin:

First, what we need in North Carolina is more business people in the legislature. We need more business people who know how to create jobs, who know how to spend money wisely, who know how to be efficient and know how to do the things that have made North Carolina the great state that it is.

We need to invest in education. Education is the backbone of our economy and the key to prosperity for the future.

We’ve got to invest in early childhood education and give those children from birth to 5 years old a chance to start school ready so they can learn and be productive citizens.

We’ve got to give North Carolina companies a chance to hire workers and get tax credits if they hire North Carolina workers to be employed with their company.

We’ve got to invest in workforce training. We’ve got to create jobs and I can do that working with the legislature, one of the 50 state senators, I’m hearing from both parties, both Republican and Democrat, and unaffiliated, we need more business people with business experience.

I’m proud to say I have the endorsement of the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the voice of business across our state.

I also have broadbased support from North Carolina Realtors who know the importance of our real estate industry to our state’s economic recovery.

I also have the support of the North Carolina State Employees and the North Carolina Association of Educators.

I can work with people across party lines. I have a record of being able to do that in my 15 years of service  as mayor of Rocking-ham.

I can help make things happen. I can bring about practical solutions to help get North Carolina back on track.

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