In what we hope is a regular feature this session, N.C. Policy Watch will talk with some of the newest members of the N.C. General Assembly to offer a bit more insight on who they are and what they plan on doing this session in Raleigh. This will be an ongoing feature, with the goal of profiling all of the new members. Haven’t been contacted for your profile yet? New legislators can contact reporter Sarah Ovaska at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Name: state Rep. Carl Ford, Republican
Occupation: Broadcaster, owns two Gospel music stations, WRNA and WRKB, as part of Ford Broadcasting Network
Lives: China Grove
Family: wife, Angela; four grown children and five grandchildren.
Hobbies: “My hobby is politics. When you run a business and you’re an elected official, if you wanted a hobby you wouldn’t really have a time.”
Previous elected office: Rowan County Commissioner.
Why’d you run for office?
“To be honest, when my representative announced he wasn’t running, I felt like the door was open.”
What are the major challenges you’re anticipating in the legislature?
“I think tax reform will be one of the biggest ones. It’s not going to be easy. There’s a lot of work to be done to deregulate things to get out of the way of business so business can prosper in this state.”
Any specific issues that need addressing?
“Anything having to do with pro-life. The second is N.C. DOT. It just seems to an agency that’s run amok.”
How do you feel about:
Voter ID? “I’m all for it.”
Medicaid expansion? Not in favor. “We as a state, much less a country, can’t sustain that.”
North Carolina’s public schools “I just read we moved up in the rankings and I know the per pupil spending is pretty high. We need to spend the money wisely. The administration level, from Raleigh on down, is too big.”
Immigration: “We already have E-verify. We’ve got to make sure that immigrants are welcome in the country but they (arrive) in the right way.”
Cutting corporate or personal income taxes: “It wouldn’t bother me to do away with corporate and personal income taxes.”
Who or what has influenced your politics?
Ronald Reagan, Jesse Helms and growing up a Boy Scout and Eagle Scout.
How do you describe your politics?
Tell us something that most people don’t know about you
He plays drums and he made a living roller skating in past years. He managed a rink, was a music director and traveled around the Southeast refereeing speed-skating at roller-skating rinks.
Legislative office info: 607 Legislative Office Building, (919) 733-5881. More info here.