Name as it Appears on the Ballot: Grier Martin
Age: 39 years old
Campaign Web Site: www.griermartin.com
Occupation & Employer: Member, North Carolina House of Representatives; lawyer
Years lived in North Carolina: 39 years
Grier Martin did not respond to our questionnaire; he submitted this statement instead.
I am proud to have served in the North Carolina House of Representatives for two terms. I hope you will visit http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/members/viewMember.pl?sChamber=House&nUserID=487 where you can find how I've voted on every single bill before the House and also what bills I've sponsored in those two terms.
I am proud that these efforts have received some recognition. This year, the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research ranked me the most effective of all 35 first or second term representatives, and in the top quarter overall. In my first term, the Conservation Council of North Carolina named me one of its two "Freshman of the Year"," and the Disabled American Veterans of North Carolina named me their "Legislator of the Year" in 2007. More important than any such recognition, however, is the specific legislation I've advanced that makes a difference in North Carolinians' lives.
As a primary sponsor of HB 77 "Promote Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency," I was a driving force behind the successful effort to require utilities to get a portion of their energy form renewable sources. Though the Senate version of the bill (SB 3) that passed had many undesirable provisions added to it, I am proud of my work in stripping out as many of these as possible. In my next term, I hope to continue my efforts to implement higher emissions standards for automobiles (HB 1179 "Clean Cars Program") and to require state government to purchase more fuel-efficient vehicles (HB 2720 "Energy-Efficient State Motor Vehicle Fleet").
I am pleased to have worked on several issues to make North Carolina a more just state. I am proud to have supported the earned income tax credit (EITC) and an increase in the minimum wage, which both reward low-income working families. And, I have worked to reduce the likelihood that we will impose the death penalty on innocent people or in a racially biased way. Much work needs to be done in all these areas, of course.
Health care has been a focus of mine, also. I am pleased to have supported the successful effort to encourage small businesses to provide health care to their employees and also the creation of a high risk insurance pool. I also introduced legislation to increase the number of children served by the NC Health Choice program (HB 2744 "Expand Access to Health Insurance/Children").
In addition to consistently supporting pay raises for teachers, I have worked on many issues affecting our schools. As a co-sponsor of HB 1366 "School Violence Prevention Act" I actively worked to protect children from bullying. And, in my first term I led successful efforts to protect children and teachers from environmental toxins in schools (HB 1502 "Schoolchildren's Health Act"). I also worked to combat teen pregnancy as a co-sponsor of HB 879 "Modify School Health Education Program."
In my third term, I look forward to continuing my efforts on these issues. We will be facing many challenges, but I believe that even in tough times we can keep North Carolina moving forward.