Rowan Republicans hear from Rep. Budd, appeals court nominee – Reuters

By Natalie Anderson
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SALISBURY — U.S. Senate nominee Ted Budd and North Carolina Court of Appeals nominee Michael Stading joined Rowan County Republicans on Saturday morning to talk about the upcoming election.

Republicans filled two Stringbeans barbecue rooms in Landis on Saturday during the monthly breakfast.

Budd currently represents North Carolina’s 13th congressional district and is running for the US Senate with the endorsement of former President Donald Trump. The US Senate estate includes former Governor Pat McCrory and former Representative Mark Walker. All three hope to replace Senator Richard Burr, who has been in office since 2005 and does not expect to seek re-election.

Budd, who grew up on a farm in Davie County, said current inflation rates will bring more challenges for farmers. He considers his experience an asset when dealing with the state’s largest industry.

“I think we need someone in the US Senate who understands the biggest economy in this country and the biggest job creator and biggest economic engine in our state,” Budd said. “We have amazing industries here, but the biggest industry in this state is agriculture.”

In August, The Washington Post reported that a trustee for farmers and other creditors alleged that Budd’s father, Richard, transferred millions of dollars in assets to his family, including Ted Budd, when he had taken over the seed company AgriBio Tech more than two decades ago. Richard Budd received a $10 million loan to help the company when he took over, but eventually filed for bankruptcy after the company repaid the loan. A lawsuit alleging that the farmers should have been paid first followed.

Budd was named as a defendant in the multi-million dollar case which was ultimately settled without an admission of wrongdoing. The Budds have agreed to pay less than half of the original amount to farmers and other creditors in the case, reports The Washington Post.

Months later, McCrory accused Ted Budd of “cheating farmers” and using money owed to them to pay for ads against him. PolitiFact, a nonprofit fact-checking website spun off from the Poynter Institute in Florida, called the claims “mostly untrue” on its Truth Indicator. PolitiFact reported that it is misleading to say the Budd family took advantage of the repayment since it was a bridge loan and they eventually agreed to repay $6 million. Additionally, PolitiFact reported that although the Budd family made a donation to the Republican political action committee Club for Growth Action, which currently supports him, those donations were made before Budd’s Senate run.

Over Saturday’s breakfast, Budd spoke about the importance of the Second Amendment, referencing his decision more than a decade ago to open a shooting range for local law enforcement and a store of firearms.

“I think I’m the only one on this ticket with a day job and a small business as well,” he added.

Budd also said the state needs someone who can win and “someone who knows how to fight,” recalling his victory over 16 other GOP candidates in the 2016 election.

A January Civitas poll shows McCrory leading the primary field with 24% of the vote. Budd is at 19% and Walker at 7%. However, nearly half of GOP voters surveyed indicated they remain undecided about the primary candidates.

In November, a poll by Redfield & Wilton Strategies, a global firm, showed McCrory at 42% support among Republicans and Ted Budd with 40% support. That poll included more than 600 likely voters and included Senate race favorites, including Democrat Cheri Beasley.

Budd told the Post “the poll is in our direction.” And whether Walker stays in the race “is not a significant factor,” he added. Walker announced in January that he would remain in the Senate race after considering a run for the U.S. House a month earlier.

“We definitely have the momentum,” Ted Budd said. “The trajectory is certainly in our favour. But you always want to run like you’re behind and never assume victory. You have to win and get your message out to people across the state.

Stading, who was elected to the Mecklenburg County District Court in 2018, spoke briefly about the role appeal courts play in policy decisions. The North Carolina Court of Appeals has 15 justices who rotate in panels of three to hear cases, with the bulk of those dealing with policy decisions. Courts of Appeal hear cases from the lower courts, which are local, as well as civil and criminal appeals from superior and district courts.

The judges serve an eight-year term and four seats will be up for re-election in this year’s elections.

Stading is a former Mecklenburg County prosecutor and current U.S. Air Force judge advocate. He previously owned a law firm and represented law enforcement officers when they were under investigation after discharging their weapons.

Stading said it’s important for voters to hear “where a judge’s heart is” and their values. Stading said that, like the late former US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, he takes a textualist or original position when interpreting the US Constitution. This doctrine means that what was written in the Constitution when it was drafted is what the law of the land means today and that it “does not change or evolve over time”, he said. .

Stading said medical freedom is an important priority for him.

“Everybody in this room is smart enough, mature enough, and smart enough to make their own decisions,” Stading said. “You really don’t need the government to impose a warrant on you. You can consult your doctor if you wish. You can follow the guidelines if you wish. But no one needs to shove that down your throat and tell you what to do.

The state was reporting 536 COVID-19 deaths in Rowan County as of Friday, putting it fifth in the state for COVID-19 deaths despite having fewer residents than 20 other counties in the state. The only other counties with more COVID-19 deaths are Guilford, Gaston, Mecklenburg and Wake counties.

Stading, who homeschools her children, said parents should have a say in the schooling process for their children.

The Court of Appeals is currently made up of 10 Republicans and five Democrats, some of whom are appointed by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and former Republican Gov. Pat McCrory. Even so, Stading said a Democratic majority on the state Supreme Court is still a goal for the Republican Party since a single dissenting appeals court judge can appeal as of right to the state Supreme Court. ‘State. Stading encouraged voters to learn about all candidates before casting their ballots and select those who “will push Republicans over the goal line in November.”

A number of other elected candidates for re-election were present, including Rowan County Commissioners Chairman Greg Edds; Rep. Harry Warren, who represents the county in District 76; Senator Carl Ford, who represents Stanly and Rowan counties in District 33; District Attorney Brandy Cook.

Mayor Karen Alexander was also present.

Other candidates in attendance included Grayson Haff of China Grove, who is seeking election in District 83; Angie Spillman, who is seeking a seat on the Rowan County Board of Commissioners; Rowan County District Court nominee Cynthia Dry and Rowan County Sheriff nominees Tommie Cato and Mike Caskey.

Contact reporter Natalie Anderson at 704-797-4246.

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