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. Longer and more damaging hurricane seasons and extreme weather events shut down roads, cause utility prices to skyrocket, damages our military bases and grind local businesses to a halt. In the past several years alone, North Carolina has experienced multiple devastating hurricanes and storms that have left us with enormous economic damage.
Cheri supports investing in climate-resilient infrastructure, expanding our renewable energy industry and ensuring that workers across North Carolina receive the training they need for clean energy jobs. There is also more to be done modernizing our electrical grid and building codes to increase energy efficiency. Cheri will support efforts to reduce carbon emissions by 50 percent by 2030.
Cheri will fight for hurricane relief and recovery funding that helps North Carolina not only recover from storms but also build back stronger and more resilient. Under Governor Cooper, North Carolina has put forward an ambitious plan to combat climate change that requires support on a federal level. We must also act with urgency to protect North Carolina’s natural beauty for future generations and prevent efforts to drill off of North Carolina’s coast.
North Carolina is the birthplace of the environmental justice movement, and Cheri believes that we must take action to address systemic disproportionate impacts of climate change and pollution on vulnerable communities in North Carolina. She believes all North Carolinians have the right to live in safe and healthy communities with clean air, clean water, and improved waste infrastructure — especially in communities of color, low-income and indigenous 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.
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.
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.