• NC Senate, District 5

    Don Davis vs. Karen Kozel

    Karen Kozel

    Your current job: Public speaker and mom

     

    Your education: Bachelor of Arts in Education

     

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

     

    Work for safety and prosperity. Safety: maintain or increase funding for police. Encourage expanding community patrolling. Prosperity: expand business opportunities for the 5th District. Offer lower tax rates for all businesses.

     

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

     

    I will host regular town-halls for community input.

     

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

     

    I have been in office by executive vote in the NC House. I have an in-depth knowledge of the Constitution, having taught it for five years. I have successfully run a small business. I have been politically involved for many decades. I have a firm grip on what I believe to be honest and true. I am a hard worker. I am an alert listener.

     

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

     

    I will represent my constituents over party or political gain. I will be accessible via my private phone and meetings throughout my term. I am a Constitutional Conservative Christian. I am pro-life.

     

    Is there anything else you wish to say?

     

    I support business growth, agriculture and Vidant Hospital and the growth of Brody Medical School. I support the Community Council of Aging and the Veterans and those currently serving in the military.

    Don Davis

    Your current job: State Senator, instructor and Presbyterian minister

     

    Your education: Bachelor of Science degree in Social Sciences, United States Air Force Academy; Master of Science degree in Administration, Central Michigan University; Master of Arts degree in Sociology with a concentration in regional development, East Carolina University; Doctor of Education degree in educational leadership, East Carolina University.

     

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

     

    The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified many pending challenges facing eastern North Carolina. My highest priority is responding to the COVID-19 crisis, including public health and economic recovery. We have seen the need now more than ever for better health care, schools, and infrastructure, such as broadband during these trying times.

    I have been knee-deep engaged in our COVID-19 recovery efforts to get out personal protective equipment, provide community testing resources, and expand contact tracing. Looking beyond COVID-19, we must fund a new medical school at the East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine and close the coverage gap in a way that works for North Carolina. These are not competing interests but are vital for providing access to affordable health care in eastern North Carolina and boosting our economy. We must invest in our classrooms and school buildings. It is essential to make sure schools have the necessary resources to educate our students and help them return to school safely. We must also enhance our infrastructure—more broadband access to support remote learning and telehealth.

    For 2021, I fully support a school construction and infrastructure bond. I also desire to expand the Growing Rural Economies with Access to Technology grant program. We must put politics aside and pass a public health policy that closes the coverage gap. Moreover, we cannot afford the closure of rural hospitals or the skyrocketing cost of health care.

     

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

     

    We can only get through these trying times together. I learn so much about what is taking place across our community through daily communication with constituents. Currently, I have initiated town hall meetings, video teleconferencing, and participate in numerous public events. I have invited residents to participate in committee meetings and made recommendations for appointments to various boards and commissions. Constituents should feel free to contact my office at (919) 715-8363 or email at don.davis@ncleg.gov. They can also contact me on my cell at (252) 341-5548 or via my automated attendant at (800) 520-8521.

     

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

     

    Growing up in eastern North Carolina, my grandmother taught me early in life the value of faith, a good education and hard work. I hold these eastern North Carolina values close to me and bring these values to the table, along with a long history of working across the aisle to get things done. Others have seen this in me, and I am glad that North Carolina’s leading education (North Carolina Association of Educators), police (Police Benevolent Association), state employee (State Employees Association of North Carolina), and small business (National Federation of Independent Business) associations are supporting my campaign.

     

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

     

    Just as with my military service in the U.S. Air Force, I consider it an honor of my life to serve as the senator for Pitt and Greene counties;

    I work to help all of my constituents because of genuine love for people; and

    I am a proud Pirate!

     

    Is there anything else you wish to say?

     

    I encourage residents to exercise their right to vote, and I ask for your vote in this critical election. The polls will be open for early voting between October 15 – 31. Election Day is November 3. Visit my campaign at www.votedondavis.com. Please keep safe.