Name: Vernetta Alston
Political party: Democrat
Age as of Nov. 8, 2022: 40
Campaign website: vernettaalston.com
Education: JD, UNC-Chapel Hill; BA, NC State University
Have you run for elected office before? Yes, NC House and Durham City Council
Please list highlights of your civic involvement: Working with my colleagues to support those hit hardest by the pandemic. Pursuing bold reforms in housing and transportation. Serving as Freshman Co-Chair of the House Democratic Caucus.
What are the three issues that you see as most important to your district and what will you do to address them?
Access to health care, funding for our public schools, and reforms to address the current housing crisis. I will continue to work with my colleagues on policy and funding solutions that will address these issues.
At a time when costs are rising, state government has a surplus. How should it be used?
Increased funding for our public school system and support for our health care system including more robust state funding for behavioral health.
Will you vote for Medicaid expansion in North Carolina?
What has the legislature gotten right, and what has it gotten wrong, about public education in North Carolina?
The teacher pay increase in our most recent state budget was a good start. The legislature must invest more in every aspect of public education in North Carolina.
Should North Carolina change its abortion laws? How?
There should be no restrictions on abortion.
Please add anything else voters should know about your position on the legality or availability of abortion in North Carolina.
Should medical marijuana be legalized in North Carolina?
What, if anything, should the legislature do to shape curriculum dealing with topics of race, sexuality and gender?
The legislature should defer to trained educators.
Do you accept the results of the 2020 presidential election?