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. Today we introduce readers to state Rep. John Autry.
Name: John Autry
District: NC House District 100
Occupation: Media Production
Lives in: Charlotte, NC
From: Fayetteville, NC
Family: Wife: Rebecca; 4 children, Christopher, Jennifer Camille, Sara and Jennifer Ann. 6 grandchildren; Keara, Koal, Jude, Ben, Gabriel and Eli.
Campaign website: johnautry.com
Hobbies: Cycling, music and being a grandparent.
Previous elected offices? Elected to 3 terms on the Charlotte City Council and 2 terms to the Mecklenburg Soil & Water Conservation District
Why did you run for office? Continue public service at a different level. I wanted to take my First-hand experience of having to react to actions by the NCGA that jeopardize municipalities to the legislature.
What do you think will be the biggest issue at the legislature this year? The United States Supreme Court
What’s one specific campaign promise that you’d like to deliver on? Restore the EITC
Do you support a full repeal of House Bill 2? Why or why not? Yes, full repeal. The economic bleeding must end and equality for all must be embraced.
How do you feel about the minimum wage in North Carolina ($7.25 an hour)? Should it be raised or kept the same? In NC one size will no longer fit all. $7.25 an hour in a small rural town goes a lot further than it does in Charlotte.
Is the state’s funding for public education enough? No. Not at all.
What changes do you think need to be made in the public education system?
- Provide sufficient resources for all students to succeed
- Restore teacher pay to the national average—including raises for our valuable experienced teachers
- Fund mentoring and other teacher and principal support programs
- Restore and expand opportunities to fund teacher education for talented NC students, including the Teaching Fellows program
In short, restore to our public education system—and to our valuable educators—the resources, support and respect they deserve.
What leader do you look up to the most? Why? A book that was a big influence on me was “If You Meet the Buddha on the Road, Kill Him” by Sheldon Kopp. In the back of the book was “An Eschatological Laundry List: A Partial Register of the 927 (or is it 928?) Eternal Truths”. #18. “If you have a hero, look again: you have diminished yourself in some way.”
Name your pet peeve: The word “quality” is not an adjective.
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