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Triad City Beat | ELECTIONS: A medical specialist and a lawyer compete in the Democratic primary for District 74 State House

Two progressive business owners, Carla Catalán Day and Sean Lew, will run in the Democratic primary for the District 74 State House seat on May 17.

Republican Jeff Zenger currently holds the seat and is running unopposed. The winner between Day and Lew will face Zenger in the general election in November.

District 74 covers southwestern Forsyth County and includes the towns of Lewisville and Clemmons.

House District 74, outlined in red, covers southwestern Forsyth County and includes the towns of Lewisville and Clemmons. (screenshot)

Candidates are listed alphabetically by last name.

Carla Catalan Day

A healthcare specialist focused on Medicaid, funding public education

Carla Catalán Day moved to Forsyth County with her family in the 1990s, attending Meadowlark Middle School and graduating from West Forsyth High School. Day is a registered environmental health practitioner and owns a consulting firm in Winston-Salem.

As a working-class mother, Day said she was running for office because she understood the struggle of working parents.

“I know the terrible feeling of having to cancel my child’s medical appointment because I couldn’t afford to pay the full amount at the time of the service,” she said. “My child deserves better. People deserve better. We deserve better – regardless of class and racial background.

As a health care expert, Day focuses on expanding Medicaid as one of her top priorities.

“We’re one of three states in the country that hasn’t expanded Medicaid,” she said. “That leaves many working-class and middle-class people in situations where they don’t qualify for Medicaid but can’t afford health care.”

His position on police reform emphasizes increasing support for social services.

“We are all safer when we invest our resources in things that really protect us – like health care, education and good jobs,” she said.

In addition to supporting Medicaid expansion, Day’s expressed his passion for funding public schools.

“We have to do better for our children,” she said. “Funding public schools, as the Republican legislature has done, should be a mortal sin. Public education is now micro-managed by people who have not spent time in classrooms. People who have no experience ignore the voices of those who are experts in the field of education.

As a representative, she said she would support teachers when they say they need reduced classrooms and school supplies.

“The power of strong and inclusive public education can transform the world,” Day said. “There is a need to champion the institution of public education to support and empower our children, educational staff and communities to build a more equitable society that affirms the identity and dignity of our Black and African-American students. Americans, Native Americans and Native Americans. college students, working class students, Hispanic/Latinx students, and LGBTQ+ students.

Day said she fully supports the Leandro plan and raise NC educator salaries to the national average of $63,645.

Sean Lew

A local lawyer focused on supporting local businesses

Sean (pronounced “seen”) Lew has lived in Forsyth County for over 20 years. He is currently a lawyer and has his own practice in Winston-Salem. He earned his Juris Doctor from UNC Law School. Lew served as Citizen Commissioner for the City of Winston-Salem on two community boards from 2003-06.

As a practicing lawyer, Lew said TCA that he has a great working relationship with members on both sides of the political aisle. Based on his experience, he said he wanted to be a “citizen advocate for the citizen legislature.”

He also said his priorities include supporting family businesses, strengthening schools, expanding health care coverage, and preserving our natural resources and green spaces.

“Family owned businesses are the heart and soul of our district and they have been economically devastated by the pandemic,” Lew said. “Small business recovery post-COVID is a top and very personal priority for me as a small business owner.”

Like his opponent, Lew also believes in expanding health care in the district. “I believe that all North Carolina residents deserve access to quality care that they can afford, especially those with mental illness and substance abuse disorders,” he said. he declares.

On the issue of policing, Lew highlighted his experience working with local law enforcement in a balanced response.

“As a lawyer who regularly appears at the Forsyth County Courthouse, I have great respect for the men and women who serve in our county and in the local police force,” he said. . “I think we should fund our policing while also funding new methods for our frontline staff that deal with specific crises and mental health episodes where traditional policing may not be the best first response to the situation. I don’t think all public safety situations should be handled with just one type of tool.

In the area of ​​education, Lew said he supported improving access to early childhood education, increasing teachers’ salaries and investing in increasing the size of the staff to meet student needs. He said he supported the Leandro decision to add $1.7 billion to schools in the state budget.

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