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Farris Announces Platform for NC Senate Special Election

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On Tuesday, January 7th, the NC-GOP Executive Committee of the 31st district (Forsyth and Yadkin counties) will hold a special election for a suggested Republican Party candidate to fill the now-open seat of NC Sen. Pete Brunstetter. In a statement released today, pro-Constitution executive committee member Mitchel Farris has declared his candidacy intent. The letter released by the campaign overviews topics that he considers to be the most pressing issues facing North Carolina and the Republican Party in the years ahead. Farris says that his stances on Obamacare nullification, the full rejection of Common Core, Constitutional Carry gun rights legislation, and the 2016 presidential primary date legislation changes made last session differentiate his candidacy from the others in the race.

See the full announcement from the campaign below:

Fellow 31st Senate District Republican Party Executive Committee Members,

As you are aware, there is an upcoming election to fill the vacancy of Sen. Brunstetter’s N.C. Senate seat. There are several qualified individuals who have declared that they are willing to serve, and I feel confident that any of them would help to further North Carolina’s conservative values if elected. That being said, there are a few key issues of which it is critical to the state of freedom for North Carolina residents that they be brought before the North Carolina Senate in 2014, and/or their path paved for hearing in 2015. It is imperative that the people of the 31st district elect a senator who is willing to be a champion of these issues, and it is for this reason that I have decided to declare my candidacy for the position. Here are a few policy stances that differentiate my candidacy from any other candidate currently in the running:

Obamacare Nullification.  Several weeks ago, the North Carolina Republican Party Executive Committee passed a resolution which communicates the little-known fact that North Carolina residents and businesses are actually exempt from the mandates and penalties of the Affordable Care Act due to the failure of the federal legislation to attach mandates to federal exchange states. The committee requested that the North Carolina General Assembly also pass a resolution in recognition of this fact, in order to inform NC residents of their legal ability to refuse the mandates in 2014. If elected, it will be my first order of business to submit this resolution to be heard before the Senate. No other candidate currently running for this position has expressed a willingness to bring the resolution forward before the Senate, if elected.

We must also completely nullify Obamacare within the state of North Carolina. The NCGA took the steps to refuse the state exchange and the medicaid expansion in 2013, but North Carolina still needs to further adopt full nullification measures, such as the legislation that South Carolina expects to sign into law later this month. In order for NC to fully defeat Obamacare, we must adopt legislation that affirms that if any attempt is made to enforce the unconstitutional (and technically illegal) Obamacare mandates upon the residents of North Carolina, this action will be in violation of North Carolina statute. I am the only candidate that has advocated that the North Carolina General Assembly bring about full nullification measures to address Obamacare.

Rejection of Common Core in its entirety. North Carolina conservatives are realizing that there are serious problems with the Common Core Standards that were implemented in North Carolina, but when solutions are discussed, we see that there is a great discord over how much of a problem Common Core is. When the NCGA held their first Common Core Study Committee hearing last month, several suggestions were made to imply that NC should simply change the name in order to eliminate the copyright and make some tweaks to the standards. It was recently stated by one leading North Carolina opponent to Common Core that 95 percent of the Common Core standards are great, indicating that the problems lie in only 5% of the standards. My position on Common Core, in no uncertain terms, is that 100% of the Common Core standards are unacceptable for North Carolina, because 100% of the standards were crafted by special interests without input from North Carolina teachers, parents, or representatives, and were then pushed onto North Carolina from the federal level for implementation.

In order to fix the problem, federal controls over North Carolina schools should be fully rejected. The process should start at the local level, with local education districts rejecting the use of the Common Core-associated curriculum. There are state-level actions that must also be undertaken, but a state solution could take years unless North Carolina Republican legislators begin to declare in solidarity and with certainty that Common Core must be rejected in its entirety.If elected, I will adamantly push for substantial action to be taken to repeal the Common Core continuation mandates upon the State Board of Education, and instead adopt an acceptable alternative to the standards, but we simply cannot ignore the children within the public education system in the meantime. State Superintendent June Atkinson has reiterated several times that local boards may reject the use of the State Board of Education-suggested curriculum, and Common Core opponents should encourage their local boards to do so. Local boards should also reject the use of the Pearson Power Schools federal data-sharing program within their district, in order to protect the privacy and the identities of the children enrolled in the North Carolina public school system. I am the only candidate who advocates that local education boards invoke local controls over curriculum, and who has publicly rejected the sentiment that 95% of the Common Core standards are great.

Constitutional Carry. No law-abiding resident should require government permission to protect themselves, whether openly or discreetly. Vermont, Montana, Alaska, Arizona, and other states have eliminated hindrances to their residents who wish to engage in their right to bear arms. A gun that is locked in the vehicle glove compartment on a college campus wouldn’t do a young lady much good if she is attacked outside of her car. Republicans adamantly agree with the Constitution that the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, yet unconstitutional liberal hindrances to self-protection remain within the general statutes in North Carolina. I am the only candidate for this position who has declared that it will be my priority to bring Constitutional Carry legislation forward.

2016 Presidential Primary Date Review. Several great changes were made to the statutes governing North Carolina elections in 2013, but there is one change made that is detrimental to the Republican Party of North Carolina and must be reconsidered immediately. The 2016 presidential primary date was amended and tied to South Carolina’s presidential primary date, though the other primary dates were not amended to match. This means that, as it stands, North Carolina will hold one primary election for the 2016 presidential candidates only, the date of which will be contingent upon South Carolina, and a separate election for all other primary races. The stated purpose of moving our presidential primary date forward is for North Carolina to have a greater presence within the national election; however, this change will actually dramatically decrease North Carolina’s influence due to a penalty attached to the violation of the RNC rule on election dates, which decreases our representation to the national convention from our 60+ delegates to only 9 delegates!

As it stands, North Carolina is likely to hold our presidential primary on February 16, though we won’t know for certain until South Carolina determines their election date. This is in clear violation of the RNC rules on election timing, which state:

RNC Rule 16(c)(1) … No primary, caucus, convention, or other process to elect, select, allocate, or bind delegates to the national convention shall occur prior to March 1 or after the second Saturday in June in the year in which a national convention is held. Except Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada may conduct their processes no earlier than one month before the next earliest state in the year in which a national convention is held and shall not be subject to the provisions of paragraph (c)(2) of this rule.
RNC Rule 17(a) describes the penalty for violation of this rule … If any state or state Republican Party violates Rule No. 16(c)(1) of The Rules of the Republican Party with regard to a primary, caucus, convention or other process to elect, select, allocate, or bind delegates and alternate delegates to the national convention by conducting its process prior to the last Tuesday in February, the number of delegates to the national convention shall be reduced to nine (9) plus the members of the Republican National Committee from that state, and the corresponding alternate delegates shall also be reduced to nine (9).

Aside from this factor, holding a lone presidential primary election will surely have a dampening impact on voter turnout for the second primary, in which party candidates for every other race will be chosen. We should avoid actions that are seen as being meant to discourage the North Carolina Republican electorate from participation in the election process, and if this change is not revisited, it will be detrimental to the North Carolina Republican Party. I am the only candidate running for this position who has stated opposition to the consequences that this date change will have on the North Carolina Republican Party.

The issues listed are urgent and critical to the state of freedom for North Carolina residents, and the constituents of the 31st district simply must have a senator who is willing to lead the charge on these issues. The decision to run is not in any way meant to slight any other candidate. I feel that there are several great candidates for the job; however, it is for the key issues listed above that I have determined the need to run for the position of the next North Carolina District 31 State Senator.

So who am I? I am just a working, family man. I served for 15 years in the US Army, working in Satellite Communications and Avionic Radar Repair. My wife and I have lived in Forsyth County for the past 8 years, raising our four children. I’m not a politician, but I am a dedicated Republican Party grassroots activist who cares about the future of the state of liberty that his children will grow up knowing. If you feel the same as I do about these issues, please consider voting for me at the executive committee meeting on Tuesday, January 7.

Thank you and God bless,

Mitchel Farris

Candidate for N.C. Senate, District 31

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