• NC House of Representatives, District 12

    Virginia Cox-Daugherty vs. Chris Humphrey

    Virginia Cox-Daugherty

    Current job: Retired Educator

     

    Your education: Master of Business Administration from Long Island University of New York, Master’s of Educational Administration from East Carolina University, Doctoral Degree in Educational Administration from Nova Southeastern University, and Doctorate of Theology in Biblical Studies from Manna College of Theology.

     

    What will your top priority be if you are elected or re-elected?

     

    Education: North Carolina schools are currently ranked 40th in the nation. Students without access to broadband during the pandemic are quickly falling behind and we are losing quality teachers because we fail to provide competitive wages and benefits. As a retired educator, revitalizing our schools will be my top priority.

     

    How will you involve your constituents in the process of making decisions?

     

    The first job of a Representative is community outreach. I will solicit the input of constituents through town halls and surveys, as well as attending community meetings and events.

     

    Why should voters choose you for the position you are running for?

     

    I am running because we need a representative who isn’t a politician and will put our priorities first. I was a teacher and a school administrator for over 30 years, so I know the value of a good education and I have seen the impact decisions made in Raleigh have on our teachers and students. As Representative, I will work to get our schools their fair share from Raleigh, including Pre-K for anyone who wants it, and increase teacher pay.

     

    What three things about you do you most want voters to know?

     

    I will make sure our schools get the money they need so we can have smaller class sizes and get our kids back to school safely, and so rural students can get access to broadband. I will work hard so women receive equal pay for equal work, so families don't have to worry about how to pay for childcare while going to work, and so all parents can take time off if they get sick or to care for a loved one, without fear of losing pay or their job.

     

    Is there anything else you wish to say?

     

    I support expanding access to affordable health care because not only should everyone be able to afford to see a doctor when they’re sick, it is also good for our economy. Expanding Medicaid would give health insurance to over 17,000 North Carolinians in Pitt and Lenoir counties. It would save thousands of lives, create over 700 new jobs in our two counties, and provide funding to keep our rural hospitals open.

    Chris Humphrey

    Your current job: Small business owner: Allstate Insurance – Chris Humphrey Agency


    Your education: Associate of Arts degree, Lenoir Community College, 1990; Bachelor of Arts degree, Political Science, UNC-Chapel Hill, 1992.


    What will your top priority be if you are elected or re-elected?

     

    Passing a budget that addresses education, health care, agriculture, taking care of all state employees and retirees, transportation needs and critical funding for natural disaster relief. Compromise is key to addressing a financially responsible budget.

     

    How will you involve your constituents in the process of making decisions?

     

    I am open to any and all suggestions and criticism. Everyone has a need they want fulfilled and while it’s impossible to satisfy all wants and desires, I listen and read emails and messages from constituents. In order to govern effectively, a leader must listen to all ideas and make the best decision for the district. My office is always available to assist the citizens of North Carolina and District 12.


    Why should voters choose you for the position you are running for?

     

    I have proven to be accessible to constituents. I listen to people of the district. I was raised here, attended public school and community college here and have been active in the community my entire career. Having served on the La Grange Town Council and Lenoir County Board of Commissioners, I have a unique perspective relative to both municipal and county governments. As a small business owner, I understand the need to work within a budget and that hard decisions must be made. And I have made them.

     

    What three things about you do you most want voters to know?

     

    I have been an active participant in Lenoir County for years – Eagle Scout, Mason , Shriner, Kinston Rotary Club, Lenoir Community College Foundation Board, former member of LCC Board of Trustees, La Grange Rotary Club, Kinston Kiwanis Club. Member Bethel FWB Church. Married with two daughters.

    I am a listener.

    I love North Carolina and the citizens of this state.