Jobs and Recovery
We need leaders with experience in facing challenges. As a county commissioner, Amy is fighting to keep her constituents safe from the coronavirus, connecting healthcare providers and first responders with PPE (personal protective equipment) and making sure that we are doing everything we can to protect the vulnerable. She is working hard not only to address the difficult financial crisis that the coronavirus shutdown created, but also to plan and anticipate a possible second wave of the virus. Having spoken with many constituents, Amy understands that the necessary steps taken to slow the spread of the coronavirus have placed an unbearable economic burden on North Carolina families, workers, and small businesses. Amy has been a leader in advocating to use the CARES Act funds to plan for a possible second wave of the virus, recognize with hazard pay the risk and sacrifices taken by first responders, and offer grants and loans for small businesses and nonprofits. She is working hard to reopen and restore our hard-hit small businesses. She will continue that critical work for our community in the State Senate.
Quality Education and Teacher Pay
Every child deserves a quality education, with a range of school choices to meet his or her academic needs, abilities, goals, and interests. As a county commissioner, Amy has consistently advocated for increasing the budget for the Alamance Burlington School System. The local supplement increased by 16% in the last three years, under Amy’s watch. Amy also advocated for the 2018 important school bond referendum, which was desperately needed to make important repairs and add capacity to school facilities, and she voted to implement the tax increase needed to pay for the bonds. The most important element of a quality education is a first class teacher. During her time as county commissioner, the local supplement for teachers in Alamance County has risen to the tenth highest in the state. In the State Senate, Amy will make attracting and retaining the best public school teachers one of her top priorities by increasing pay and improving our schools.
Amy is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. She has her concealed carry permit and is a member of the NRA. As a rural resident, Amy understands the importance of the lawful ownership of firearms for hunting and personal protection.
As an Alamance County Commissioner, Amy has worked hard to support farmers and local agriculture. She recognizes the vital role that agriculture fills in North Carolina’s economy. Local agriculture brings many benefits to the community, including the availability of local food.
Through her work with Healthy Alamance, Amy has supported the creation and sustainability of local farmer’s markets, where producers and consumers connect. Amy has supported the farmland preservation program, which purchases development rights from farmers. She has worked with the Jordan Lake One Water Association, which seeks ways to protect water quality through conservation easements and other measures. Amy has worked with the Farm Bureau to address concerns about land use and the squeezing out of farms by residential building.