The Class of 2017 – Rep. John Autry

The Class of 2017 – Rep. John Autry

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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.

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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.

Contact information:

N.C. House of Representatives
16 W. Jones Street, Room 1019
Raleigh, NC 27601-1096

About the author

Billy Ball, Managing Editor, joined Policy Watch in January 2016. In his 15+ years as a North Carolina reporter, he’s covered public schools, state and local politics, courts, the environment, criminal justice and immigration for publications like The Independent Weekly, The Sanford Herald andThe Monroe Enquirer-Journal. During that time, he’s won more than two dozen state, regional and national awards for his reporting and writing, including recognition for investigative reporting, commentary, and news features. In 2018, he won first place from the N.C. Press Association for political reporting. And his 2014 reporting on the death of Michael Anthony Kerr, which earned him a national award for “media impact” from The Media Consortium, exposed the mistreatment of a North Carolina inmate with mental illness in solitary confinement. His reporting led to ongoing reforms in how the state handles prisoners with a mental illness. Billy is a graduate of the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Journalism.