Name as it appears on the ballot: Jim Harney
Date of birth: September 19, 1963
Campaign website: www.facebook.com/HARNEYFORGOVERNOR
Occupation & employer: Harney Designs – owner
1. What do you see as the most important issues facing North Carolina? If elected, what are your top three priorities in addressing those issues?
Eliminate property tax so that businesses will consider coming back to NC, and no property tax will also stop forced annexation. Create a fair flat across the board with no deductions or exceptions. And I would also pass the Voter ID bill that Governor Purdue vetoed.
2. What issue or issues made you want to run for this office?
When Governor Purdue vetoed the Voter ID bill. Our state and Country are based on the vote. Voting is our existence. Our military goes to other countries to help them conduct and supervise voting, and yet our voting procedures here are very corrupt. Before the next elections in 2 years, my goal is to totally revamp the procedure we use to vote. Voter ID is crucial, dead people and illegal immigrants should not be allowed to vote. All voting days will be State Holidays and all State Government offices and schools will be closed in order to allow everyone the opportunity to vote. Early voting will be eliminated, nothing should come before voting on vote day.
3. What in your record as a public official or other experience demonstrates your ability to be effective in this office? This might include career or community service; be specific about its relevance to this office.
Running for Governor of North Carolina is not something I decided over night. Throughout my life I have been watching, listening and feeling the effects of politicians decisions.
My vision, goals and ambitions for North Carolina cannot be achieved at any other position than Governor. I do not believe in career politicians, so I cannot see myself running for a local office first.
4. Identify a principled stand you might be willing to take if elected that you suspect might cost you some popularity points with voters.
Don’t know any.
5. If elected, your first big challenge would be to produce a new budget. How would your budget differ from your predecessor’s What do you see as the primary sources of our state’s budget problems?
Fraud is the biggest problem. Currently, education gets 56% of all tax dollars collected in NC, and they still want more. Where is it going?
6. If you want to decrease state education spending please explain what you would cut. If you want to increase state education spending tell us what areas would see more support.
I would not increase or decrease the education spending, I would have the funds better allocated.
7. What is your position on Amendment One?
Marriage is the oldest Church law given by God, man cannot over rule Gods word. I also believe that Magistrates have no authority to marry anyone, they are not priesthood holders. What Magistrates do is civil union, not marriage.
8. Do you support women’s reproductive rights, including the “right to choose” as set out by the U.S. Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade?
I support abortion only in the time of rape or medical emergency.
Do you support the recently passed state requirements on ultrasounds and waiting periods for women seeking an abortion?
Do you support attempts to eliminate funds for Planned Parenthood?
The majority of their funds should come from the contraceptive industry. More funds should be used for supporting adoption.
9. Would you support Gov. Perdue’s call for a 3/4 cent increase in the sales tax or another revenue measure to restore cuts or cover other costs?
Would you support a revision of the state tax code that led to an increase of revenue?
I believe in a flat fair tax for everyone, no exceptions or deductions.
10. What is your position on capital punishment and the Racial Justice Act?
I believe that any case that was processed before DNA was used, should be reevaluated using DNA.
11. Both parties have been criticized for overreaching during redistricting. Would you support an independent commission drawing the lines in the future?
12. Should candidates for Governor be required to release their tax returns and submit a financial disclose report similar to members of congress?
13. Tell us about your energy strategy, specifically whether you support offshore drilling and allowing hydraulic fracking for natural gas in the state’s interior.
I believe in researching and utilizing all natural resources available to us, as long as safety comes first.
14. What are your views on separation of church and state?
Nowhere is it written separation of church and state. The Constitution says we have the freedom of religion not separation. Our laws come from the fundamentals of the ten commandments. Example, to separate church and state would legalize murder, because scriptures were here first.
15. Do you believe the state should require changes to school curriculum to allow for the teaching of creationism or intelligent design?
Only facts should be taught in public K-12 schools. Leave theories for College.