It has been a privilege to serve the citizens of District 18 for the past four years, and I am grateful for the opportunity to serve a third term. There hasn’t been a day since I was first elected that I haven’t worked towards the betterment of our region. We are constitutionally bound to provide a quality public education to all of our citizens, and it is imperative that we do so. Jobs are the foundation of our families and communities, and we must have the school systems, infrastructure, quality of life and competitive incentives that attract and retain a broad range of employers. Protecting our natural environment is a vital part of that equation. We must be vigilant in demanding and fighting for equal rights, including health care, for every one of our citizens. I am looking forward to returning to Raleigh to reverse the damage done on all these fronts over the past 4 years.