Cheri believes that everyone deserves to feel safe in their homes, communities, houses of worship, schools, and workplaces. But in too many communities across North Carolina and our country, bonds of trust between law enforcement and the communities they are sworn to serve are broken. As a public defender, as a judge and then as Chief Justice, Cheri has worked to protect the safety of North Carolina’s families and make the system more fair, equitable and transparent.
Cheri supports the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, and reforms including increasing investments in public safety, community policing, racial bias, de-escalation, and crisis intervention training for law enforcement. She also supports investing in resources for alternative first responders like mental health professionals and substance abuse counselors.
Having worked closely with law enforcement throughout her career she has seen the good work that law enforcement can do in keeping communities safe. She knows we must have comprehensive reforms that establish accountability, increase transparency, and put more resources into public safety – not less.
Cheri also believes that we must keep our children and communities safe by also implementing common sense gun safety measures like universal background checks, encouraging safe storage and closing loopholes to prevent domestic abusers and those with mental health issues from being able to obtain a gun. We must also do more to stop the plague of mass shootings across our communities by keeping combat-style weapons and high-capacity magazines off our streets and away from our schools.
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.
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.
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.