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. North Carolina has a proud military tradition with more than 100,000 active-duty military personnel, approximately 725,000 veterans and 11,000 national guard and reservists who call our state home. Our state is also home to six major military installations including Ft. Bragg in Fayetteville where Cheri and her husband Curt started their family.
Cheri will fight to ensure that the federal government honors its obligations to our service members, veterans and their families. Too many struggle to make ends meet and far too many veterans return home without access to critical services. We must expand investments to increase pay for service members, improve the infrastructure of VA health care facilities, increase resources for military families and expand the range of services the VA provides. Additionally there is more we can do to help our veterans transition to civilian life, get jobs and increase awareness of and access to VA programs.
Honoring our obligations also means ensuring federal protections for LGBTQ veterans and service members. And there is much more we must to do ensure accountability and adequate protections for service members by reforming the way the military investigates and prosecutes sexual assault.
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.
Creating Jobs and Growing Economic Opportunity for All of North Carolina
Cheri believes we must make targeted investments in creating and growing good paying jobs, workforce development and expanding economic opportunity for all North Carolinians.
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.
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.