Richard Chapman, candidate for NC Senate District 12

Name: Richard Chapman

Political party: Democrat

Age as of Nov. 8, 2022: N/A

Campaign website: www.richardchapmannc.com

Occupation: Retired

Education: BA history; MA journalism

Have you run for elected office before? State House in 2018

Please list highlights of your civic involvement: I’ve been active in local civic, charitable and church organizations throughout the county.

What are the three issues that you see as most important to your district and what will you do to address them?

No. 1 is improving public schools with increased per-pupil spending for teachers, support personnel and supplies. No. 2 is forming an independent, nonpartisan panel to draw voter maps. No. 3 is equalizing personal and corporate income tax rates.

At a time when costs are rising, state government has a surplus. How should it be used?

Fill vacancies in government and get our state working properly.

Will you vote for Medicaid expansion in North Carolina?

Yes.

What has the legislature gotten right, and what has it gotten wrong, about public education in North Carolina?

The legislature has starved public education for the last decade at least. It has failed to provide a sound basic education as the state constitution requires. We’re 43rd in the nation in per-pupil spending and that’s unacceptable.

Should North Carolina change its abortion laws? How?

The current state law banning abortion after 20 weeks should remain.

Please add anything else voters should know about your position on the legality or availability of abortion in North Carolina.

Existing abortions restrictions should be reexamined in light of U.S. Supreme Court decisions. A woman’s right to choose in concert with her doctor should be protected.

Should medical marijuana be legalized in North Carolina?

Yes.

What, if anything, should the legislature to do shape curriculum dealing with topics of race, sexuality and gender?

The legislature needs to stay out of the classroom and let teachers do their jobs.

Do you accept the results of the 2020 presidential election?

Yes.