By Dasha Morgan
The primary election is coming up soon: March 3, 2020. The general election will occur on November 3. In order to learn more about the candidates, the Tribune is interviewing a few of them to learn more about their views and positions. Today we are focusing on Chuck Archerd, a Republican, who is running for election to the U.S. House of Representatives to represent North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District. This seat is being vacated by Mark Meadows.
Archerd knows where he stands on many issues facing our country today. He is a conservative Republican and is a strong supporter of the 2nd amendment. For him, the lessons found in history make it quite clear that the taking guns away from citizens allows government to become dictatorial, lawless and commit horrific crimes against its citizens. He said, “Just look at Venezuela today; and remember that the Japanese did not enter the United States because they knew the American citizens were armed.” He wants gun control laws that are on the books already to be fully enforced, with no loopholes. no loopholes. The laws are there, and the felons must be prosecuted for their crimes.
Lawlessness and corruption are major problems that need to be addressed. This ties in with Sanctuary Cities. “A Sanctuary City is a magnet that attracts illegals.” If a Federal Immigration and Custom Enforcement agent (ICE) cannot come into a city to arrest unlawful trafficking of drugs or to arrest the illegal immigrants, then the community is encouraging lawlessness.
Drugs are a multi-billion dollar industry with well funded criminals at the helm. A Sanctuary City puts the lives of the residents at a horrific risk. The consequences can be horrible. The Federal agents must be allowed to enforce the law and stop the distribution of drugs in our community.
Locally it is well known that drugs are a major problem here with many of the young falling into this destructive lifestyle; some are never able to recover and even lose their lives. All of this, of course, ties in with Trump’s border wall and illegal immigrants. “We must enforce our immigration laws, when the rule of law is ignored, chaos ensues, and society breaks down. I believe that our current immigration laws are outdated, and I will work to write new laws that are good for America.” Archerd is a strong supporter of the policies of President Trump.
Archerd is a devout and strong believer in the principles, morals and values of Christianity, He is Pro Life from the moment of conception until death.
Planned Parenthood should not be funded by Government. Even though Planned Parenthood Health Services provide many needed health care services for Americans, their participation in abortion makes the organization abhorrent to him. On the same vein, he is a believer that “God has defined marriage as between one man and one woman. Redefining marriage in a non traditional way is essentially wrong.” So many times an inflammatory issue—such as the bathroom ordinance in Charlotte over gender identity—gets “high-jacked” for political reasons rather than for the issue itself.
Archerd, as a CPA, believes the United States has a huge financial problem that must be addressed. The now nearly trillion dollar deficit must be dealt with and lowered. How can this be done? Archerd sees a solution by keeping the vibrant economy going, limiting government spending to offer only core, needed services, encourage ingenious Americans to find independent solutions to problems (such as climate change), and encourage personal responsibility by all citizens. He believes in the overall benefits of free market capitalism: Competition, freedom of choice, individual responsibility with reduced regulation and bureaucracy. He believes in free trade but fair trade. He was very happy about the new bipartisan trade agreement USMCA which replaced the NAFTA agreement between the U.S., Mexico and Canada.
Archerd supports President Trump’s tax cuts. He will work to lower the tax burden on the American taxpayer. He also supports school choice. Each parent should choose the type of education that is best for their own children. This could be public schools, charter schools, private schools or home school. Education should not be a federal issue; it is best directed and funded at the local and state level.
Archerd thinks there is a great need in politics to rely on common sense, to find a common ground between parties and to communicate so that common ground can be found. “Let’s look at the whole issue and come to a reasonable solution.” When he goes to Washington, he will be there to represent all the citizens of the 11th District, all of this community. He wants to make a difference, to fight to make the world a better place for all.
When points of view differ, it is important to find where the two sides mutually agree to have a “win-win” situation. It can only be found by listening to each other and being reasonable.
Archerd worked his way through college and graduate school to become a CPA and practiced with Price Waterhouse. He successfully started several small businesses including founding and leading a real estate investment company since 2001. He and his wife Anne have called Asheville home for the last 22 years. They have been married for 37 years and have four children and three grandchildren. He wants to go to Congress to work for the American people and in particular the people of western North Carolina. “He will make decisions based on a foundation of conservative beliefs, 40 years of business experience, and love of our country. I will defend the Constitution. I will not bend to the political establishment but always be accountable to our friends, neighbors and citizens in the 11th District.” With a life rooted in faith, family, and hard work, Chuck Archerd is ready to serve. As your Congressman, he will boldly stand with President Trump to champion the pro-growth, conservative policies that Keep America Great.