Issues

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. As she said when she was the first Chief Justice in the nation to speak out after the murder of George Floyd, “we must openly acknowledge the disparities that exist and are too often perpetuated by our justice system.”

As a public defender, a judge and then as Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, Cheri has worked alongside attorneys, clerks, and judges to make courts more accessible, equitable, and transparent for all. She expanded drug treatment and mental health courts and established the Faith and Justice Alliance, a coalition of legal, community and faith leaders working together to help provide legal resources to low-income North Carolinians throughout the state. She also took on the school-to-prison-pipeline, expanding School Justice Partnerships, a program aimed at keeping kids in classrooms and out of courtrooms for misconduct.

Cheri will continue to fight to reform our justice system. She supports expanding the use of drug treatment and mental health courts and legalizing and regulating cannabis. She also supports reforming sentencing, including ending some mandatory minimums and ending the cash bail system particularly for nonviolent offenders. She also supports the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act and investing in reentry programs that help returning citizens successfully re-enter society after serving their time and become contributing members of our communities.

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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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.
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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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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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