Issues

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.

In 49 states across the country, including in North Carolina, we’ve seen a wave of GOP-led anti-voter legislation seeking to erect barriers to voting and make it harder for people to make their voices heard at the ballot box. We’ve seen gerrymandering across the country and right here in North Carolina that lets leaders pick their voters, instead of voters picking their leaders. These measures disproportionately impact people of color, rural voters, disabled Americans, and young voters. It’s anti-American and anti-democratic – that’s why she opposed it on the NC Supreme Court and why she will fight against it in the US Senate. 

Cheri supports the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and believes Congress must act urgently to pass both bills to protect our democracy and provide essential safeguards to ensure our constitutional rights. These measures promote transparency, fair redistricting, protect vote by mail, reduce long lines on election day, and begin to mitigate the harmful impact of anti-voter legislation already being passed in the states. The Freedom to Vote Act also restores federal voting rights to formerly incarcerated citizens who have paid their debt to society.

Cheri also believes we must take additional action to ensure our democracy lives up to our foundational values of freedom and equality by passing the Equal Rights Amendment and the Equality Act. 

As a strong supporter of campaign finance reform Cheri will work to end the influence of dark money in politics and overturning Citizens United. Cheri doesn’t accept corporate PAC money because she believes leaders should be accountable to the people, not special interests. That’s why she has earned the support of End Citizens United // Let America Vote, the leading organization fighting to get dark money out of politics. 

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Keeping North Carolina Communities Safe

Cheri believes that everyone deserves to feel safe in their homes, communities, houses of worship, schools, and workplaces.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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