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: Shannon Bray
City of birth: Marrero, LA.
Current city of residence: Apex, NC
Political party: Libertarian
Current title and/or job: Chief Information Security Officer, Cyber Security
Best way for voters to contact you: Facebook, Twitter, email
Why are you running?
The My number one reason for running for CD03 US House of Representatives is to represent the veterans who are victims of a failing health care system. I believe all Americans’ deserve health care but our veterans are being pushed once again to the back burner. While I don’t expect to be successful in CD03 as a Libertarian, I hope to raise enough awareness that veteran services are not on par with community expectations.
I also fear our lack of cyber security posture. Every day, another system is breached. We need better understanding of our cyber issues in Congress.
If elected, what would you do to stay transparent as an elected official?
Absolutely. In fact, as a Information Technology professional, I want to develop a system that will allow the community to reach out to their congressman without having to dial the phone. It is important to know what the community is thinking and to stay in touch. I will, of course, still respond via phone but I want to give the internet connected community a way to track communications outside of social media.
How would you help address budget constraints on Eastern North Carolina counties following the devastation of Hurricane Florence?
NC suffered many blows from the last hurricane season. We need to continue the efforts of rebuilding but we also need to ensure that we have the budget to help our failing military bases. The hurricane damage parts of our military bases and we need to ensure funding will help repair them and help mission readiness instead of going to a wall that will not solve the nation’s problems.
How would your legislative agenda reconcile with President Donald J. Trump and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi?
President Trump and Speaker Pelosi are operating on two different spectrums. It is time that we find common ground to help benefit the state of North Carolina. Now that both sides are examining health care, I look to support whom ever presents the best plan for the families of North Carolina.
While in office, how will you demonstrate your commitment to supporting the military?
I am a US Navy veteran and I am active in the veteran community. Our military needs our emotional and financial support. Veterans are killing themselves in VA parking lots. To me, our military isn’t only an issue. It is a primary commitment.
Is reducing the national deficit important to you? How would you balance the budget?
Yes. There are a number of agencies that need to have budgets renewed. We need to ensure that we support our mission ready affairs but at the same time, reduce our deficit and keep our money home. I feel it is better served to make sure our veterans are not homeless as opposed to sending money to other countries.
What is your top legislative priority if elected?
Our military and veteran services are my top priority. I will also bring cyber security issues to the forefront.
What is your vision for comprehensive immigration reform?
Immigration reform needs to be a focus and building only a wall is not going to help. I believe when people come to our country, they should register as a residential alien. They can apply for a green card and will have the ability to find work, pay taxes, and move forward on their citizenship goals. I would also support a plan that would prepare aliens for military services and after service, they would receive citizenship much like we did for the Philippines in the 90s. I believe that any visitor who commits a crime should be exported and that anyone who is not registered receives zero benefits.