January 20, 2014
NC House Representative Charles Jeter to Seek Re-election
Jeter to focus on job growth, long-term education solutions and transportation improvements in second term
Huntersville, NC - NC House District 92 Representative Charles Jeter today announced his intention to seek re-election to the NC House in 2014. District 92 encompasses the western edge of Mecklenburg County and includes parts of Charlotte, Pineville and Huntersville. Rep. Jeter was first elected to represent the district in 2012 and was the only freshman chosen to chair a committee in the 2013 session. If re-elected, he could be tapped to chair other influential committees at the beginning of his second term.
"It has been a privilege to represent the constituents of NC House District 92 and I can think of no higher honor than to represent them for another term," said Jeter. "During my first term, I worked hard to create and pass a number of pieces of legislation, including transportation reform, and I look forward to continuing that work in the upcoming short legislative session and into 2015."
During his freshman term, Rep. Jeter was successful in obtaining passage of the following pieces of legislation:
- HB 817 - Transportation Reform - This bill represents the first major change in the state's transportation funding formula since 1989 and better distributes transportation funds to where they are needed and not where politicians live.
- HB 157 - Limit Use of Highway Fund Credit Balance - This bill ensures no monies will be taken from the Highway Trust Fund for non-transportation purposes ever again.
- HB 322 - CDL Requirements/Military Experience - This bill allows men and women in the military to be able to enter the trucking industry faster and without unnecessary duplicate training, providing them with an immediate way to enter the workforce.
"As a state representative, not only do I get to work to make life better for all North Carolinians, but I get to make life better in my own backyard," said Jeter. "During my first term, I was proud to be able to get legislation passed that would provide additional protections for the Catawba River and secure a much-needed traffic light at a dangerous intersection in the Steele Creek area of District 92."
If re-elected for a second term, Rep. Jeter's priorities will be education, transportation and job creation. The following outlines his positions:
- Teacher Compensation - Rep. Jeter believes that previous General Assemblies have put the state in a precarious financial position by running up large tabs to the federal government, borrowing $2.8 billion to pay unemployment benefits and sky-rocketing Medicare debts. Unfortunately, the victims in these debt choices have been the hard-working teachers in this state. Rep. Jeter will continue to work to address the state's past due credit card bills in an effort to direct revenue toward better teacher compensation bringing N.C more in line with national averages.
- Digital Education - Rep. Jeter plans to work to continue the transition from traditional textbooks and utilize technology that will allow for greater access at reduced costs.
- Rep. Jeter believes there needs to be a focus on the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)/Rural Planning Organization (RPO) system to ensure consistency in how state funds are spent.
- Rep. Jeter will continue to follow the implementation of the transportation reform bill he passed in order to ensure that roads are built where people and businesses are located and not where politicians live.
- According to a recent news report, the state's unemployment rate dropped 1.5 percentage points between July 2013 and November 2013, the largest decrease in the nation over that time. Rep. Jeter will continue to work to pursue the absolute goal that everyone who wants to work, can.
- Rep. Jeter will work to continue to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education in order to ensure that the children of North Carolina are prepared to capitalize on the jobs of tomorrow.
- Rep. Jeter will continue to reach out to companies in an effort to become the commerce hub of the southeast.
Rep. Jeter currently serves on the following NC House committees:
- Appropriations Sub Committee on Transportation (Vice Chairman)
- Commerce and Job Development
- Commerce and Job Development Sub Committee on Alcohol and Beverage Control
- Public Utilities and Energy
- Select Committee on Ways & Means (Chairman)
He also serves on the following NC General Assembly interim committees:
- Joint Legislative Economic Development and Global Engagement and Oversight Committee
- House Committee on Public Enterprise Systems and Use of Funds
- Joint Legislative Transportation Oversight Committee
- House Committee on Wetland and Stream Mitigation
Prior to serving the citizens of NC House District 92, Rep. Jeter served as a Huntersville Town Commissioner for seven years, where he had a track record of advocating for fiscally responsible budgeting and working to create a business-friendly environment.