Why Choose Jim Sponenberg for NC Senate?
Getting Things Done: What’s Bipartisan Got to Do with It?
Government in simple terms has three jobs, the responsibility:
- to look after each of us individually and all of us collectively;
- to look after what each of us has individually and what all of us have collectively;
- to negotiate the solution when there is conflict between the two.
The more a government becomes focused on either the individual or on what is owned, the more difficult it becomes to negotiate the differences. When government becomes split between the two—the individual or the collective whole—the more deadlock occurs and the more government becomes paralyzed. Looking after each of us AND what we individually have or own is important. Looking after all of us collectively and what we have are important. Right now we have too many people focused on one OR the other. What we need is a government that knows both are important and compromise is essential.
To repeat part of my announcement when I filed for the 45th NC Senate District: “I have good friends that are Republican and think a lot like I do. I have good friends that are Democrat and think a lot like I do. And they are not only my friends, they are friends with each other. I want to take my ability to build consensus between people, Republican and/or Democrats, to Raleigh and State government and work together to get things done.”
There are several examples of my having been successful in leading bipartisan efforts, but one of the most obvious is found in the actions of the Shepherds' Group. I had organized a similar group in Granville County to have Republicans and Democrats come together and fight the locating of a hazardous waste incinerator in the county. In discussing that successful effort with one of our county commissioners, a Republican, he commented that a similar group should be assembled for Caldwell to lobby in Raleigh for the good of the county.
We were a heavily Republican county, but State Government was heavily Democrat. So we put together a group made up of influential, well connected individuals from both parties, all of whom wanted what was best for Caldwell County. It worked, and we were successful in many efforts. We were recognized at a county commissioners meeting with the presentation of a Shepherds' pin which I still wear with much pride.
I have served on many boards in Caldwell County, Northwest North Carolina and at the State level, mostly for the benefit of public education and human need. I know how important each individual is and how important our possessions are and that both need to be protected. I want every individual to have an equal opportunity to achieve their goals and dreams. Each deserves that “equal opportunity,” and it is most achievable by way of a good education provided by our public schools. North Carolinians want to have a great education, for themselves and for their children, an education which leads to the opportunity for a job and a life that allows them to accomplish their dreams and goals.
My grandfather taught me that if I wanted something, I should be willing to negotiate to get it. Instead of being focused on an ideology that protects one side of government’s responsibility, we need to work for what works for both. We need to negotiate. I am the person who will do that.
I recognize that when one is not ideology driven, but is driven by representing his or her constituents, looking after their needs and protecting their possessions, one has to be accessible, and to want to be accessible. My pledge to you is that I will be accessible. I will listen. I will inquire through frequent and meaningful contact, my process will be open and I will include a formal structure for your input. Knowing what you think is important to me and will be a constant goal of my service.
I want to represent you, your neighbors and ALL the people—Democrats, Republicans and Independents—of the 45th District.
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