Throughout my life — as a young attorney, business owner, military wife, and mother — I have advocated for public policies that serve the greater good of our community.

I believe my record of successful activism — lower property tax rates, county jail expansion, resources for public safety, and a curbside recycling program — speaks of my commitment and perseverance.

These efforts have allowed me the privilege of working with, and learning from, many devoted leaders across our community — including elected city and county officials, as well as serving with groups such as the Cumberland County Council on Older Adults, Chamber 2025 Task Force, Fayetteville Futures II Committee, Public Transit Task Force, and Fayetteville Area Youth For Christ.

For many years I have lent my best efforts to priorities expressed in the platform of the Republican Party, whose values I share. During my time chairing the Cumberland County Republican Party, I established working relationships with other like-minded conservative groups and leaders across the state, which has allowed me to be involved in statewide policy efforts.

Over the past six years conservative budgets and priorities have given our state lower personal and business tax rates, less debt and a healthy rainy day fund.

Conservative policies have given our families and business owners greater opportunities, freedom to operate with fewer burdensome regulations, choices in education, and protection from an extreme left-leaning agenda.

There is more to do:

• We must continue conservative tax and spending policies that have propelled our state to the top of national ratings for business and economic growth.

• We must defend our 1st and 2nd Amendment rights, which are under increasing assault.

• We must encourage free speech on school campuses—not suppress it.

• We must address school safety without taking guns away from law-abiding citizens.

• We must protect our families and children from an extreme social agenda that seeks to redefine basic truths about men and women, while teaching our children 58 gender pronouns.

• We must pass a clean Voter ID law.

• We must oppose Roy Cooper’s efforts to legislate from the executive mansion by preserving our veto-proof legislative majorities in the NC House and Senate.

It is easy to become complacent when our state is riding a wave of success, and forget the days when Democrats spent so liberally that they routinely raised taxes, and raided transportation funds to pay the bills.

We started the turnaround in 2011 when Republicans gained a majority in the state legislature and began cutting out-of-control spending. But our most significant progress came in 2013 after gaining veto-proof majorities and a Republican governor. Over the next two years we cut taxes, passed responsible budgets, paid off a $2.6B debt to the federal government, and began building a rainy day fund.

North Carolina has gone from having the highest income tax rates in the Southeast — which too often pushed business opportunities to neighboring states — to being the most attractive state in the nation for business growth and opportunities.

Transportation projects, such as our own 295 Outer Loop, are able to proceed even as tax rates have been reduced, because we are no longer using road money for non-transportation projects.

The election of Roy Cooper as governor presents a new challenge. Unless Republicans are able to maintain veto-proof majorities in the state House and Senate, responsible budgets will become difficult. Roy Cooper has demonstrated his willingness to use executive orders and his veto authority to bypass the legislative process. If we fail to win at least 72 seats in the House this year, he will be able to stalemate conservative budgets and policy.

I believe my skills, experience in business and tax policy, and a life of public advocacy have prepared me to represent the best interests of our community in budget and policy discussions in Raleigh. I am a solid, common-sense, conservative voice.

I ask for your vote on May 8, or during early voting.

 

Fayetteville resident Linda Devore is a candidate for the Republican nomination for the District 44 seat in the N.C. House of Representatives. For more information visit LindaDevore4House44.com