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Editor's note: Mark Walker submitted his responses to the Times-News after this story was originally published. His responses have been added.
Personal: 49 years old. “I have a wonderful and gracious wife Kelly, and three children — Ryan, Rachel and Anna Claire.”
Professional: “Former pastor, with experience in business and financial management.”
Political: “Representative for North Carolina 6th District in the United States House.”
Principles: “Cutting through the noise of Washington, I work fervently everyday to improve the lives of families in North Carolina, always remembering my promises and striving to make a difference, not just an argument. This Congress, I am proud to say we have delivered results – not rhetoric – making strides on the issues that matter most to families in Alamance County: our economy, our security, lowering the cost of living, serving our veterans, reducing drug and health care costs, and improving education for our next generation. We need to continue our success, while promoting government that empowers and serves our communities.
“I’m dedicated to protecting North Carolina families and restoring the American Dream by ensuring that personal initiative and responsibility are encouraged through government policies. I always work diligently to bridge traditional political and cultural divides, advocating for the values of my constituents and providing a voice for their concerns at the federal level, while promoting justice and economic opportunity for all. Over the last few years, we’ve made great strides in delivering hope and prosperity for our families, but more victories and success lies ahead.”
Personal: 28 years old. “Born and raised North Carolinian and product of public schools, including the University of North Carolina. Son of a Republican step-father & step-mother, independent mother, and Democratic step-dad. Loving caretaker of Cooper the campaign dog. Regular volunteer and previous strategist for the Boys & Girls Club, United Way, YMCA, and more.”
Professional: “Senior Strategy Consultant at Deloitte Consulting”
Principles: “I’ve always been politically active — and felt a calling to serve given our country’s need for forward thinking leadership that has worked in and understands the modern economy.
“If you aren’t healthy, you can’t work. Every American needs and deserves healthcare. Modernizing public education — paying teachers like the professionals they are, lowering student loan debt, and providing debt forgiveness for students in key fields (e.g., teaching, nursing) and for all students attending community college. Keeping our air and water clean. Protecting, not cutting, Social Security and Medicare. Expanding high speed internet coverage to every community in America. Ensuring every working American makes a living wage. Investing in our workforce. Honoring our pledge to Veterans. Restoring honest and accountable leadership in Washington that returns to leadership by example.”