The success of our communities depends on the financial stability of working families. If elected, I will help to ensure a future where ALL FAMILIES can achieve racial and economic equity. When local families succeed, we all win.
Fair and Affordable Housing - One of the hardest things about living near the beautiful Ocean, with an ever expanding tourism season, is the cost of living. We cannot let income-based housing be destroyed to make way for “affordable housing” when it is not actually affordable for those who need it. Housing options should be available for ALL income levels. The Carteret County average income is currently over $57,871 a year. Craven County has a county average of income of $53,994, but not all people in those counties can find permanent employment that meets these averages. According to the latest census bureau statistics, the average cost of rent in Carteret County is a whopping $916 a month for a 2-bedroom home. The average cost of rent in Craven County is $961. Rents are high, as are utilities, insurances, food, and other cost of living expenses. These costs cannot be paid with minimum wage or on an income based solely on the tourist high seasons.
There is a great need to strengthen our economy in Carteret and Craven Counties. Locally, our School System and Carteret Health Care are the top two employers in Carteret County. The next top employers are Walmart, Lowes Home, Lowes Food, and Food Lion. In Craven County, Cherry Point Military Base is the biggest employer. What we really need is more long-term employment with the opportunity for long term security and advancement, instead of relying on seasonal work that only pays a livable wage for a few months a year.