North Carolina Legislator Profile Update: John Adcock (R-Wake)
Rep. John Adcock was appointed to fill the rest of Rep. Linda Hunt William’s term representing HD37 in September 2018. Prior to running for HD37, Adcock was a one-time candidate for the Wake County Board of Commissioners in 2015 and has practiced primarily commercial real estate law in Fuquay-Varina since 2001.
Adcock’s appointment to the HD37 seat indicates he will be more of the same, a reliable yes vote on the Republicans’ agenda that hurts North Carolinians. While failing to raise teacher pay or spend enough on classroom supplies, Republicans are also infringing upon basic rights from access to the ballot to access to a sound, basic education.
Adcock identified teacher pay and transportation as key issues in his previous and current campaign, but only demonstrates willingness to find funds for new roads that benefit his developer friends and clients. Adcock claimed he would support pay raises, but has only pushed for funding to extend a Fuquay-Varina road that would cause a property tax hike. Adcock’s record shows he will continue to support Republican budgets that prioritize tax cuts for corporations over increasing per pupil spending which is still below pre-recession levels.
Adcock’s 2015 bid for Wake County Commissioner was cut short when the redrawn districts were ruled unconstitutional. The redrawn districts gave suburban votes more weight and were ruled to be in violation of “one person, one vote” equal protection. Adcock put personal political gain ahead of the rights of North Carolinians when he argued the decision was unfair. His history on this issue shows he’ll be another rubber stamp on Republican policies like the “monster” voter ID law that targeted African-American voters with “almost surgical precision.”
Adcock’s business and legal dealings further demonstrate how he puts personal profits over North Carolinians’ quality of life. His involvement in a development off of Judd Parkway in Fuquay-Varina displayed sizeable financial opportunity for Adcock and his business partners, but had questionable timing. Judd Parkway is at the center of transportation issues and traffic problems and Adcock’s profit-driven motive placed financial gain over safety and quality of life for Fuquay-Varinians. While claiming he wants to keep taxes low, Adcock pushed for a transportation bond that would raise property taxes – to increase infrastructure near his development on Judd Parkway.
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Source: NC Republican House Caucus
Adcock said he’d work for better teacher pay and better roads, but only supported increasing property taxes to fund a road that benefitted his developer friends and client.
- Adcock identified raising teacher pay for teachers with advanced degrees as a key issue facing Wake County.
- Adcock repeatedly opposed tax increases to fund increased teacher pay, and has said the “operating expenses of government should not require increases in taxes.”
- Adcock chaired a committee that supported a $26M transportation bond that could result in a property tax increase for Fuquay-Varina.
- Meanwhile, North Carolina teachers make nearly $10,000 below the national average and the state was ranked 49th in a list of “Best and Worst States for Teachers.”
Adcock’s record shows he’ll be a reliable vote for Republican budgets that prioritize tax cuts for corporations over increasing per pupil spending, which is still below pre-recession levels.
- House Speaker Tim Moore and other leaders supported Adcock’s bid for HD37 and attended a fundraiser for Adcock during session.
- Adcock’s record of support proves he’ll be a reliable vote for a Republican agenda that places tax cuts for corporations ahead of improving per pupil spending, letting teachers spend up to $1,000 of their own money on supplies.
- Per pupil spending remains below pre-recession levels and North Carolina is ranked 39th in the nation.
Adcock disagreed with a federal court’s ruling that districts drawn by the Republican-led NCGA were unconstitutional, placing personal gain ahead of every voter’s right to equal representation.
- Adcock’s 2016 bid for Wake County Commissioner was cut short when the districts were thrown out in court for violating “one person, one vote” equal representation.
- Adcock disagreed with the ruling, arguing in favor of a system that gave suburban votes more weight and benefitted his personal political aspirations.
- Republicans in the NCGA have a history of infringing upon people’s voting rights, including the 2013 “monster” voter ID law that targeted African-American voters with “almost surgical precision.”
Adcock’s legal and business dealings over land off controversial Judd Parkway in Fuquay-Varina display sizeable financial opportunity with questionable timing, placing financial gain over safety and quality of life for Fuquay-Varinians.
- In 2017, a single intersection along Judd Parkway was the source of a daily 30,000-car bottleneck, residents have long complained about traffic and safety issues due to construction of the road.
- Adcock’s various LLCs along with his law firm were involved in a land deal that led to the development of a large tract of land along a planned extension of the parkway, pre-dating most of its traffic problems.
- One of Adcock’s LLCs conducted business-buying and selling the land-under the name of Judd Parkway LLC, represented by Adcock’s law firm.
- Judd Parkway Village LLC was among Fuquay-Varina’s top 50 taxpayers every year between 2010 and 2014.
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