Editor’s note: The questionnaires are printed in the candidate’s words as submitted. Candidates for the 3rd Congressional District seat include 17 Republicans, six Democrats, two Libertarians and one with the Constitution Party. Primary elections will be held on April 30.
Name: Paul Beaumont
City of birth: Miami, FL
Current city of residence: Shawboro, NC
Political party: Republican
Current title and/or job: Currituck County Commissioner
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Why are you running?
I have been a servant for my entire life. As a youth, I helped coach little league teams in football and soccer. Following graduation, I entered the Navy, graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy with a BS in Aerospace Engineering in 1984. I swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic; I still hold to that oath. I have served my community for the last 20 years, the last 14 on various advisory boards, the last five as a County Commissioner. I currently serve on the Currituck County Veteran’s, and the Fire EMS Advisory Boards, regionally, as the Vice-chairman on the Albemarle Regional Planning Organization, the Albemarle Commission, and as the Vice-chairman on the Workforce Development board. As the third district’s Representative to Congress, my obligation is to serve my community and this district.
If elected, what would you do to stay transparent as an elected official?
As a sitting County Commissioner, I am well aware of the need for government transparency. In Currituck we strive to ensure all business is conducted in a manner that strengthens our citizens’ trust in their governing officials. I am well aware of the scrutiny elected officials are and should be subjected to and firmly believe individual accountability is an obligation to those we represent. As a Commissioner I have applied open and honest approach throughout my five year service as a County Commissioner to “avoid the very appearance of evil.”
How would you help address budget constraints on Eastern North Carolina counties following the devastation of Hurricane Florence?
I would work to ensure all affected regions in our District and state receive the appropriate level of funding on the Federal level.
How would your legislative agenda reconcile with President Donald J. Trump and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi?
My top three legislative priorities are: secure our borders, economic development, and support the family. Until our border is secure we will continue to be subjected to the cost, the crime, the flow of drugs, and the threat to our national security by illegal immigration. Second, to reduce unemployment, our district needs to improve intermodal transportation and field high speed broadband. I would work to accelerate the construction of I-87. Nothing would help our district’s economy more. Finally, the family has been under attack for decades, I would be supportive of measures that would increase education options and improved flexibility to assist in infant care.
While in office, how will you demonstrate your commitment to supporting the military?
As Navy former navy pilot, with almost 20 years of working in support of the Department of Defense I am committed to the continued defense of this nation. I have maintained close relationships with active and retired service men and women in all branches; as such I am keenly aware of the effects of inadequate funding for spare parts and maintenance on the tools our military needs to do their job. Restoring materiel readiness to our services is critical to the defense of our nation. Finally, as a plank owner of the Currituck County Veteran’s Advisory Board, we provide liaison between the governing body and the veterans of our county and advocates for our county’s veterans.
Is reducing the national deficit important to you? How would you balance the budget?
Reducing the national deficit is critical to the security of our children and our grandchildren. I am in favor of a balanced budget amendment. I believe the budget can be balanced through evaluation and elimination of expenditures not in the best interest of the safety and security of the United States.
What is your top legislative priority if elected?
The establishment of a secure border is my top legislative priority. The inability to prevent illegal access to the United States impacts so many aspects of what has made America great. Financially, the cost of social services, education, and medical benefits significantly impacts the ability of local and state governments to provide for their constituents.
What is your vision for comprehensive immigration reform?
Our current immigration policies are not effective and until our borders are secured, essential, comprehensive immigration overhaul is futile. We need to build a physical barrier, technology is not enough. I would support expediting the immigration process, but only after the security of America is considered. Applicants should be thoroughly vetted during the application process. Prior to entry, applicants should be subjected to identity verification and medical examination.