Cheri believes we must make targeted investments in creating and growing good paying jobs, workforce development and expanding economic opportunity for all North Carolinians. Even before the pandemic times were tough and too many in our state were shut out from jobs that can support a family. The last year deepened existing challenges for workers, income inequality and the racial wealth gap.
Cheri will fight for investments in infrastructure and renewable energy to create good-paying jobs, increasing the minimum wage to $15 per hour and expanding training, certification and apprenticeship programs. We must also invest in affordable childcare to help ensure our businesses have the people they need to operate and enable parents to re-enter and remain in the workforce.
To help North Carolina’s small businesses and entrepreneurs – the backbone of our economy — Cheri supports expanding programs that provide technical assistance, access to capital and help for small business owners and entrepreneurs, especially for entrepreneurs of color and women.
Cheri will fight for the dignity of work, and that North Carolinians deserve fair wages, safe working conditions and the ability to work and build a business in an environment free from discrimination. A former member of SEIU, she is a strong supporter of the labor movement and the Pro Act as well as the Paycheck Fairness Act.
Cheri will also fight to make the Expanded Child Tax Credit permanent and pass Federal Paid Family and Medical leave to help people balance work and family when welcoming a child, caring for a loved one or dealing with a personal illness, just as she created a family leave policy for North Carolina court employees when she served as Chief Justice.
Expanding Access to Quality, Affordable Health Care
Cheri believes that whether you live in Chapel Hill or Cherokee every North Carolinian must have access to quality affordable health care.
Strengthening Our Children’s Future
Cheri believes that our classrooms should be places of opportunity for all children to realize their abilities, pursue their dreams and gain the skills they need for 21st century jobs.
Supporting Small Towns, Rural Areas and Agriculture
Cheri believes that there has never been a more important time to invest in improving the quality of life, educational opportunities and economic stability of our rural communities.
Standing Up for Women’s Rights
As a working mother, Cheri knows firsthand the challenges women can face in the workplace. As Chief Justice, she took action to establish a family leave policy for court employees to ensure people could take care of their families and be successful in their jobs.
Taking On the Climate Crisis and Protecting Our Environment
Cheri believes that tackling the climate crisis is imperative to our health, economy, and security, and the consequences of inaction are already hurting the people of our state.
Protecting Our Fundamental Right to Vote & Strengthening Our Democracy
Cheri believes that the right to vote is among the most sacred rights in our democracy, and every eligible voter should be able to register, cast a ballot, and have that vote counted.
Honoring Our Veterans, Servicemembers and Military Families
Cheri believes that we have a sacred duty to the men and women who serve in our armed forces as well as their families and the communities who support them.
Keeping North Carolina Communities Safe
Cheri believes that everyone deserves to feel safe in their homes, communities, houses of worship, schools, and workplaces.
Reforming our Criminal Justice System
Cheri believes that we must take action to reform our criminal justice system, ensure equal protection under the law, protect civil liberties, and strengthen public safety.
Improving Housing Affordability
Cheri believes that home ownership and high-quality affordable rental housing are critical to families’ and individuals’ economic security and well-being.
Fixing our Immigration System
Cheri believes that America’s broken immigration system has been ignored for too long. Instead of playing politics, our leaders must focus on solutions that will fix the system and reflect our American values.