End Gerrymandering

Ray Russell’s Statement on Ending Gerrymandering in North Carolina:  The Equal Protection Clause of the US Constitution’s 14th Amendment implies that one person’s voting power ought to be roughly equivalent to another person’s. Hyper-partisan legislatures of every ilk have a history of violating the one-person, one-vote rule by manipulating voting districts to unfairly tilt elections in their favor. But the …

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Protect Our Natural Resources

Ray Russell’s Statement on Protecting the Environment in North Carolina:  Rhonda and I have lived in the High Country for 27 years, but it does not take 27 years to know what a special place we have in Ashe and Watauga Counties. We are indeed blessed with beautiful landscapes, pristine waters and enviable air quality that have been conserved for …

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Improve Education

Ray Russell’s Statement on Education in North Carolina:  Thank you teachers and principals! You have always been the life-blood of our communities. During the last 10 years, you have been our last line of defense for our children. We all know that it’s not just your skills but it’s your passion for children that makes our families, communities, and state …

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Healthcare

Ray Russell’s Statement on Healthcare in North Carolina:  A healthy North Carolina is a prosperous North Carolina. Community health is a big topic, much bigger than a traditional “healthcare” discussion. Healthy living happens best when citizens have educational and job opportunities, living wages, good food, live in safe communities, and have clean air and water. In Ashe and Watauga Counties, …

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Creating an Economy that Works

During the past year, I have visited most of our largest employers, met with their employees, and executive teams. Here are some of the questions I have asked and the most common answers: Question: “Why is your company in Ashe (or Watauga) County?” Most common answer: “Because this region has the best, most dedicated workers.” Question: “What is the biggest …

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