Governor Cooper Files For A Second Term PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 05 December 2019 14:54
Governor Roy Cooper filed his notice of candidacy and made official his 2020 re-election campaign, he issued the following statement:
“As Governor, my team and I have fought tooth and nail for better pay for teachers and other educators instead of sweeping corporate tax cuts. We’ve engineered overwhelming success in recruiting jobs and growing businesses. I’ve vetoed bad Republican budgets that valued corporate tax cuts over investments in education, clean water and better health care and I’ve vetoed extreme right-wing social legislation that’s wrong for our people and our economy. We’ve worked hard and gotten results, but there’s more to do. I’m asking the people for a second term to complete our mission of a better educated, healthier and more prosperous North Carolina.”
Roy Cooper for North Carolina is outlining some of the meaningful ways in which the Cooper Administration has moved the ball forward in NC:
Governor Cooper has recruited and announced tens of thousands of new jobs across North Carolina. A large number of these projects are located in rural and economically-distressed counties.
Governor Cooper remains committed to helping every North Carolinian find a good-paying job and has created initiatives such as NC Job Ready, Finish Line Grants, and Hometown Strong. That’s why Forbes ranked North Carolina the #1 Best State for Business in 2018.
Governor Cooper worked with members of both parties to repeal HB2 to fight discrimination and repair the damage to North Carolina’s economy and reputation. His leadership put North Carolina back on a path to success and opened the door for thousands of new jobs and the return of concerts, shows, and major athletic events such as the NBA All-Star Game. 
Governor Cooper has demonstrated his commitment to supporting North Carolina’s workforce and ensuring equal opportunity for all. Cooper has issued Executive Orders to prohibit workplace discrimination and extend workplace protections for state employees.
Governor Cooper signed an Executive Order to establish paid parental leave for 56,000 state employees because no one should have to choose between their career and their child. Now our universities, community colleges and other independent agencies have followed his lead.
Governor Cooper launched a Clean Energy Plan to create good-paying jobs, increase the use of renewable energy, and fight climate change.
Governor Cooper has fought hard for our teachers and has pushed the Republican legislature to go much further than it wanted to go resulting in a 9.5% teacher raise since he took office and an improvement in the national rankings. He knows that we need to do much more to make sure we attract and retain the best teachers. 
Governor Cooper has fought for investments in early childhood education by expanding pre-kindergarten programs. Today, thousands of additional children are able to attend pre-k for the first time.
Governor Cooper fought to re-establish the Teaching Fellows Program to recruit and support highly qualified teachers in North Carolina.
Governor Cooper has fought for a school construction bond to invest in repairs and construction for aging schools across the state without cutting resources from other vital programs and services.
Governor Cooper has worked across party lines to combat the opioid crisis in North Carolina. Cooper launched the state’s first Opioid Action Plan in 2017 and, as a result, opioid prescriptions have dropped by 24 percent, emergency room visits for opioid misuse have declined by 10 percent, and opioid related deaths have decreased by 5 percent. Cooper also serves on President Trump’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.
Governor Cooper has fought for Medicaid expansion that would extend coverage to half a million people, including families and veterans, without additional state tax dollars. Medicaid expansion would bring tens of thousands of jobs to North Carolina, reduce the cost of private health insurance and keep rural hospitals open.
Governor Cooper has been a champion for choice throughout his career and also fought against abortion restrictions as Attorney General and as a State Senator. He vetoed a measure that would have criminalized doctors and interfered between women and their doctors.
Governor Cooper issued an Executive Order to make North Carolina the first state in the south to ban state funding to any organization that engages in conversion therapy, a scientifically dubious and dangerous practice that is harmful to the LGBTQ community. 
Governor Cooper has led our state through devastating hurricanes and floods, saving lives and helping to invest more than $3.2 billion in recovery to rebuild our state stronger and smarter.
Governor Cooper has built the most diverse and qualified cabinet in the history of North Carolina.
Governor Cooper’s administration launched an Early Childhood Action Plan because he understands the importance of building the foundation for future learning, health and well-being during early childhood. As a result, North Carolina’s infant mortality rate has fallen to its lowest rate in 31 years.
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