This contest pits incumbent Republican Senator Norman Sanderson against challenger Carroll G. Ipock II, a Democrat more often referred to as Carr Ipock. Ipock is a retired Weyerhaeuser executive, and for over twenty years, he was a representative on the Craven County School Board. Not unexpectedly therefore, Ipock is running on an education platform, meaning he favors the expenditure of more taxpayer dollars on early childhood education, including expanding Smart Start. He supports historic preservation, opposes fracking, and wants the NC General Assembly to comply with the ObamaCare expansion of Medicaid. On the plus side, he wants to eliminate ferry tolls and supports the Cherry Point marine base (but so does his opponent). For more, his excellent website is HERE.
In the NC Senate, Senator Sanderson sits on the Appropriations, Commerce, Finance, and Government Program Evaluation committees, and serves as Vice-Chair of the Senate Insurance Committee. He is now, or at one time was, endorsed by the American Conservative Union (ACU), the National Rifle Association (NRA), and Grass Roots North Carolina (GRNC). In the conservative vote rankings maintained by NC Civitas, he was tied for first place in the recently concluded NC General Assembly session.
We most often see political candidates from afar, as images displayed on our television screens or as small figures standing at a podium, soliciting votes from the members of the crowd before them. This process generally suffices for conveying to the public, with very broad strokes, where the candidate stands on the major issues of the day. However, to really connect with an electorate, and to reassure them that he or she is genuine, is someone who holds the same core values as they, and is someone who will be responsive to their views, a candidate must appear at smaller venues and engage with the attendees in frank discussions or Q-&-A sessions. In this way, the audience will come away more confident in their assessment of the candidate, whatever that assessment may be. If the assessment is favorable, the candidate may benefit from a great deal of word-of-mouth advertising and advocacy.
I have never met a political candidate who appears to understand this better than Senator Sanderson. He appeared as a speaker at our recent Tea Party Rally at Fort Benjamin Park in Newport, and over the course of the last two years, has appeared many times before the attending members of the CCTPP to update us on legislative affairs and to answer our questions, both on the issues and on his specific votes. In every instance, the Senator was responsive to a fault and never evasive, even when there was considerable pushback on his policy views. Our members consider him to be a bonafide conservative, and we hope you will vote for him in November. For more, his website is HERE.
In the next installment of this series, I will look at the race between Walter Jones and Marshall Adame for the U.S House of Representatives seat for District 3.