SOUTHEASTERN, N.C. — Democrat Adam Ericson is running to serve House District 20.
The public educator will appear on the ballot against Republican Representative Ted Davis, who is running for his fifth term.
Early voting is underway. Same-day registration is available during the early voting period, which ends Oct. 31. Election day is Nov. 3. Check your voter registration and county elections office to confirm polling locations, dates, and hours.
Port City Daily emailed all candidates the below questionnaire and will run their responses ahead of the Nov. 3 election. Port City Daily edited responses for spelling and grammatical errors only.
Port City Daily (PCD): How would you grade Governor Roy Cooper’s response to the pandemic (A-F)? Did the state’s executive branch overstep its authority or are you comfortable with actions taken to protect public health? What, if anything, do you think should have been done differently?
Adam Ericson (AE): Governor Cooper’s decisive actions to protect public health saved lives and helped control the rampant spread of COVID-19. In the legislature, I plan to work with local officials and Governor Cooper to ensure North Carolinians are aware of the latest medical guidance and efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
A crucial component of this includes a more comprehensive testing strategy, combined with sufficient resources to protect public safety during this crisis. The state legislature needs to prioritize aid to help working North Carolinians through expanded unemployment insurance and loans for small businesses. We need to continue to allow local school boards to decide what in-person schooling looks like, guided principally by public health concerns.
PCD: Do you support the current flexibility given to the state’s elementary schools to reopen, or do you think there should be more concrete recommendations and guidelines? Should this same level of flexibility be extended to all grade levels?
AE: Gov. Cooper’s decision in July to allow school boards to decide what education looks like this year was the right one. The New Hanover County school board, initially, wisely, opted for distance learning this fall. These are important first steps that will help keep our kids, families, and teachers safer. However, as a teacher and coach, I know these are just the first steps.
While some families and students will be home, there are still janitors, bus drivers, administrators, and teachers whose in-person work will continue to put them, disproportionately, in harm’s way. Now, in the midst of an economic crisis and pandemic, increased funding for testing, medical, and cleaning supplies is an urgent matter of public health and safety. This will is doubly true now that some children are back in schools, and teachers and staff find…