Editor’s note: N.C. Policy Watch is chatting 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. Sen. Cathy Dunn declined to participate in this profile, which is compiled from past media interviews and her campaign website. The 2017 session of the legislature will resume January 25.
Name: Senator Cathy Dunn
District: Davidson, Montgomery
Occupation: Retired from the restaurant business
Lives in: Davidson County
Family: husband Adam James; one son
Campaign website: www.cathydunnforsenate.com
Previous elected offices? Davidson County Commissioner from 2008 to 2012.
Why did you run for office? I have been a businesswoman for 38 years and founder of Biscuit King Restaurants. I started Biscuit King on Talbert Street in Lexington and expanded to four locations employing approximately 85 employees. I know the difficulties business operators experience and what it takes to make a payroll on Friday. I know how to create jobs and will use that experience as your State Senator.
What do you think will be the biggest issue at the legislature this year? When asked in a February 2016 interview in the Montgomery Herald what the three biggest issues facing the state were, Dunn discussed commerce and industry, education and health care (specifically the need to repeal Obamacare).
What’s one specific campaign promise that you’d like to deliver on? All she has said in local media reports is that she is excited to get to work.
Do you support a full repeal of House Bill 2? Why or why not? Dunn told The Dispatch in an Oct. 11 article: “The way things are, I will stand with the governor. It is not right for men to be in women’s bathrooms or for boys to be in girl’s locker rooms. Who thought in a 100 years an issue like this would come up?”
How do you feel about the minimum wage in North Carolina ($7.25 an hour)? Should it be raised or kept the same? N/A
Is the state’s funding for public education enough? N/A
What changes do you think need to be made in the public education system? “We need to continue [retired] Senator [Stan] Bingham’s work to resolve our school conditions and teacher pay…” At a forum in October, she spoke on the need to provide food, clothing and programs through the school districts in order to best serve the children living in poverty, adding that the school systems should also ensure that students are prepared for the next grade level before moving them on to avoid leaving any student behind.
What leader do you look up to the most? Why? N/A
Name your pet peeve: N/A
Contact information: She can be reached at (336)250-0591 or Cathy.Dunn@ncleg.net.