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North Carolina Candidate Profile Update: Bobby Hanig (R-Beaufort, Dare, Hyde, Washington)

Hanig ran unopposed for the Currituck Country Board of Commissioners in 2016 and was elected Chairman of the Board shortly after. During his time on the County Commission, Hanig proved he will follow in other Republicans’ footsteps and be yet another rubber stamp for the Republican agenda. 

While on the Currituck County Board of Commissioners, Hanig supported a $50,000 deal with Rep. Bob Steinburg’s company that took tourism business to Western North Carolina instead of the Outer Banks. Hanig’s friendships with Republicans in the NCGA have clearly impacted his decisions while on the Currituck County Board of Commissioners and these friendships could continue to play a large role in his votes in the General Assembly. He prioritized his own relationship with Rep. Steinburg over his constituents, resulting in a huge tourism loss for Currituck County.

Hanig aligned himself with the Republican legislative agenda that benefits the wealthy and fails to raise teacher pay to the national average or promote environmental sustainability. The Republican supermajority passed several budgets that fail to improve teachers’ salaries in North Carolina. Hanig will follow this pattern, having said Republicans have done enough for teachers.

Despite running on a platform claiming he will “create jobs,” Hanig proved he doesn’t believe job creation in Currituck County is necessary, claiming “Everybody that lives on the Outer Banks has a job.” Meanwhile, Republicans in the General Assembly voted to impose taxes on middle- and working-class families while prioritizing tax breaks for big corporations. Hanig’s conflicting statements on job creation are a sign that he will fall into place with other Republicans when it comes time to vote, putting the needs of the wealthy and corporations ahead of North Carolina families.

Hanig opposes making health care more affordable and accessible in North Carolina, despite the state having the 3rd most expensive health care in the country, according to a 2017 study. Hanig’s comments on health care prove he will just follow the Republican Party’s lead and only contribute to rising health care costs.

Read on to learn more about Bobby Hanig.

Source: The Princess Anne Independent News

While on the Currituck County Board of Commissioners, Hanig prioritized his relationship with Rep. Steinburg over the people of Currituck County by supporting a $50,000 deal with Steinburg’s company that took business to Western North Carolina.

  • Currituck County paid Rep. Steinburg’s company $50,000 to promote a basketball tournament in Western North Carolina.
  • The majority of Currituck County commissioners didn’t know about the deal.
  • Hanig was one of a handful of commissioners who were aware of the deal and said it “sounded like a good idea.”
  • While seeking chairmanship of the Currituck County Commission, Hanig said he would “make some great decisions for the county.”

Hanig claimed Republicans in the NCGA support teacher pay raises, despite teacher pay in NC ranking 41st in the country, and believes community colleges are “just as important, if not more important than our public schools.”

  • Hanig claimed on Facebook that Republicans have increased teacher pay.
  • Over half of all teachers in NC have second jobs and NC ranks 41st in the country for teacher pay.
  • The 2017 Republican budget failed to meaningfully raise teacher salaries, only providing a 0.6 percent raise to experienced teachers.

Hanig said “everybody that lives on the Outer Banks has a job” despite running on a conservative platform that he says will create jobs.

  • In response to the argument that oil drilling could help create more jobs he said, “Everybody that lives on the Outer Banks has a job,” despite fluctuations between 3 and 7 percent in unemployment in Currituck for the past two years.
  • Hanig said one of the biggest challenges for workforce development in Currituck County is that the entire county lacks the “soft skills” of helping customers.
  • Hanig is running on a conservative agenda that he said will “cut taxes, create jobs, and be a voice for the community.”
  • Republican tax reform overwhelmingly benefitted the wealthy while imposing taxes on middle- and working-class North Carolinians.

Hanig opposes making health care more affordable and accessible in North Carolina, despite the state having the 3rd most expensive health care in the country. 

  • Hanig opposes making health care more affordable and accessible in North Carolina.
  • North Carolina has the third most expensive health care in the country, according to a 2017 study.
  • Republicans voted against Medicaid expansion in 2013 that covered 500,000 North Carolinians and was fully funded by federal money for three years, costing the state $15 billion in new economic activity.
  • Refusal to expand Medicaid cost the state anywhere from 455 to 1,000 lives annually.

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