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Thirtieth District

Avery Mrs. Edith H. Webb Linville

Avery Virgil Johnson Rt. 1, Elk Park

McDowell Bob Smith Old Fort

McDowell Rodger White Marion

Rutherford Dr. Jack Wofford Forest City

Rutherford Mrs. Beth Holler Rt. 2, Union Mills

Thirty-First District

Buncombe Piercy Carter Asheville

Buncombe Wendell McDevitt Weaverville

Madison Bryon Roberts RFD,. Mars Hill

Madison Cecil Blackwell Rt. 7, Marshall

Mitchell Albert Canipe Spruce Pine

Mitchell Brown Ferguson Bakersville

Yancey Ben L. Fox Burnsville

Yancey Kenneth Nelson Rt. 3, Burnsville

Thirty-Second District

Haywood_ Bill Swift Waynesville

Haywood T. A. Hargrove, Jr Waynesville

Henderson Jesse Ferguson, Jr Henderson ville

Henderson Kate Lancaster Henderson ville

Polk George Price Rt. 1, Mill Spring

Polk Melvin Phillips Tryon

Thirty-Third District

Cherokee Myra Walker Andrews

Cherokee Hugh Ratburn Andrews

Clay Claude Kitchens Rt. 3, Hayesville

Clay Ermal Cheeks Rt. 1, Hayesville

Graham. Roscoe Farr Robbinsville

Graham John Medlin Robbinsville

Jackson Cicero Cowan Rt. 3, Sylva

Jackson Conrad Burrell Rt. 1 , Sylva

Macon

Macon

Swain Bennett Arvey Bryson City

Swain Martha Crutchfield Bryson City

Transylvania Ernest Gilstrap Brevard

Transylvania Dennis Hamilton Brevard



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House of Representatives District

Executive Committees

1970

First District

County Name Address

Camden

Camden

Chowan Lloyd E. Griffin Edenton

Chowan Mrs. Lena M. Leary Edenton

Currituck Roy Sawyer Jarvisburg

Currituck Charlie Patterson Powells Point

Gates G. P. Kittrell, Jr Corapeake

Pasquotank N. E. Aydlett Elizabeth City

Pasquotank T. H. Wamack Elizabeth City

Perquimans J. Emmett Winslow ....Hertford

Perquimans Tom Brown Hertford

Second District

Beaufort Ray Brooks Bath

Beaufort Mrs. Julia Rumley Washington

Dare Frank Cahoon Manteo

Dare Melvin R. Daniels Manteo

Hyde Woodrow Spencer Fairfield

Hyde . Joe Swindell Engelhard

Tyrrell Mrs. W. A. Basnight Columbia

Tyrrell C. E. Morris... Rt. 2, Columbia

Washington Peter McNair RFD. 1, Plymouth

Washington Freeman Allen Rt. 1, Pantego

Third District

Carteret Dr. Max Fulcher Morehead Ciy

Carteret T. H. Potter Beaufort

Craven James R. Suggs New Bern

Craven Joe Rachide Havelock

Pamlico Bert Roberson Hobucken

Pamlico Mrs. Annis Gwaltney Oriental

Fourth District

Onslow Carl S. Ragsdale Jacksonville

Onslow James Justice Rt. 3, Jacksonville

Pender Hugh Walker ...Currie

Pender Ashley Murphy Atkinson

Fifth District

New Hanover New Hanover County Executive Committee

New Hanover

Sixth District

Bertie Artie Taylor Aulander

Bertie . Rev. J. W. Law Merry Hill

Hertford J. May on Parker Ahoskie

Hertford Jacob Ruffin, Jr Murfreesboro



State Committees, Democratic 229

County Name Address

Northampton Felton Turner Jackson

Northampton J. D. Drewette Seaboard

Seventh District

Halifax J. Edwin Martin Tillery

Halifax C. D. Moss RFD., Enfield

Martin Don Matthews, Jr Hamilton

Martin Edgar Gurganus Williamston

Eighth District

Pitt

Pitt



Ninth District

Greene Robert P. Aiken, Jr Snow Hill

Greene Martha E. Groom Rt. 2, Stantonsburg

Jones

Jones

Lenoir Stanley Roberson, Sr Rt. 3, Kinston

Lenoir Guy Elliott Kinston

Tenth District

Wayne

Wayne



Eleventh District

Duplin J. S. Blair, Jr Wallace

Duplin Sylvia Mclver Kenansville

Twelfth District

Bladen James C. Monroe Council

Balden J. Bernard Carter Riegelwood

Sampson Billy Ray Satterfield Rt. 1, Clinton

Sampson Mrs. Mae Troublefield Rt. 1, Faison

Thirteenth District

Brunswick W. J. McLamb, Jr Shallotte

Brunswick A. H. King Winnabow

Columbus Fred Suggs Rt. 4, Whiteville

Columbus W. Worth Stanley Rt. 1, Clarendon

Fourteenth District

Edgecombe D. L. Felton Macclesfield

Edgecombe . R. D. Armstrong Rocky Mount

Nash Billy Horner Rt. 1, Bailey

Nash James Lucas Spring Hope

Fifteenth District

Johnston Barney Paul Woodard Princeton

Johnston Q. K. Wall Smithfield



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County Name Address

Wilson Mrs. Marie Jones Wilson

Wilson Dr. M. G. Burnside Wilson

Sixteenth District

Franklin Mrs. Addie King Franklin ton

Franklin Willard Kearney Franklinton

Vance Henry W. Hight Henderson

Vance Rev. J. R. Dungee Henderson

Warren W. S. Smiley Rt. 1, Macon

Warren

Seventeenth District

Caswell Lacy Satterfield Prospect Hill

Caswell W. R. Long Rt. 1, Blanche

Granville Wills Hancock Oxford

Granville Samuel Cox Oxford

Person Frances Winstead Roxboro

Person Claude T. Hall, Sr Woodsdale

Eighteenth District

Durham Durham County Executive Committee

Durham

Nineteenth District

Wake Wake County Democratic Executive Committee

Wake

Twentieth District

Chatham Baxter Riggsbee Pittsboro

Chatham George Edwards Siler City

Orange George Harris Chapel Hill

Orange Diane Brookhouse Chapel Hill

Twenty-First District

Alamance Alamance County Executive Com.mittee

Alamance

Twenty-second District

Harnett Mrs. M. B. Matthews Buies Creek

Harnett Mrs. Reecie Surles Rt. 2, Angler

Lee R. H. Brown Rt. 4, Sanford

Lee Rev. J. L. Morgan Sanford

Twenty-Third District

Cumberland

Cumberland



Twenty-Fourth District

Hoke Sam C. Morrie Raeford

Hoke Pete Sawyer Rt. 3, Raeford

Robeson Paul Canady St. Pauls

Robeson Rev. O'Kelly Lawson Lumberton

Scotland William Winn Laurmburg

Scotland Mrs. Margerite Townsend Laurinburg



State Committees, Democratic 231

Twenty-Fifth District

County Name Address

Rockingham Lee Kimbro Rt. 8, Reidsville

Rockingham Jack Martin Madison

Twenty-Sixth District

Guilford Guilford County Democratic Executive Committee

Guilford

Twenty-Seventh District

Montgomery David Bland Mt. Gilead

Montgomery John C. Wyatt Candor

Randolph Charles W. Sanford Randleman

Randolph T. R. Hendrix, Sr Trinity

Twenty-Eighth District

Moore County Democratic Executive Committee

Moore

Twenty-Ninth District

Richmond Charles Barber Rockingham

Richmond J. W. Greene Rockingham

Thirtieth District

Forsyth Forsyth County Democratic Executive Committee

Forsyth

Thirty-First District

Davidson

Davidson..



Thirty-Second District

Stanly Norman R. Lowder Rt. 3, Albemarle

Stanly Jim Ritchie Richfield

Thirty-Third District

Anson Clyde Davidson Lilesville

Anson Mrs. Tom Allen Peachland

Union

Union

Thirty-Fourth District

Rowan

Rowan



Thirty-Fifth District

Cabarrus

Cabarrus



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Thirty-Sixth District

County Name Address

Mecklenburg

Mecklenburg



Thirty-Seventh District

Alleghany G. Glen Nichols Sparta

Alleghany P. C. Collins, Jr Laurel Springs

Ashe W. B. Oliver.. Jefferson

Ashe Clay Church West Jefferson

Stokes George Hairston Walnut Cove

Stokes Cecil Frye Westfield

Surry Tommy HoUings worth Dobson

Surry Roy Lee Martin Rt. 2, Dobson

Thirty-Eighth District

Wilkes Bill Absher, Jr North Wilkesboro

Wilkes James Hemric Honda

Yadkin Frank Bryant Boonville

Yadkin Bruce Matthews Yadkin ville

Thirty-Ninth District

Davie Muriel Gude Cooleemee

Davie Dot Smith Rt. 4, Mocksville

Iredell Robert Rash Union Grove

Iredell Mrs. Paul Gilbert, Jr Statesville

Fortieth District

Catawba Mrs. Patricia Burgess Hickory

Catawba Albert Yount Newton

Forty-First District

Gaston Horace Dubose Gaston ia

Gaston George Grice Lowell

Lincoln Hal Hoyle, Jr Lincolnton

Lincoln Mrs. Hal Heafner Lincolnton

Forty-Second District

Alexander Gene Moretz Rt. 5, Hickory

Alexander Elbert Bowman Rt. 3, Taylorsville

Burke Mrs. Mary Propst Morganton

Burke Mrs. Nancy Duckworth Rt. 2, Morganton

Caldwell

Caldwell.__



Forty-Third District

Cleveland R. E. Hambright, Jr Grover

Cleveland Fred Harrill Rt. 4, Shelby

Polk Walden Thompson Columbus

Polk Bill T. Ledbetter Rt. 2, Mill Spring

Rutherford Forest Edwards... Rutherfordton

Rutherford Curtis Ronald Giles Spindale



State Committees, Democratic 233

Forty-Fourth District

County Name Address

Avery Gorman Johnson Rt. 2, Newland

Avery

Mitchell C. A. Humphries Spruce Pine

Mitchell Robert Barron Bakersville

Watauga George A. Flowers, Jr Boone

Watauga Grady Moretz, Jr. Boone

Forty-Fifth District

Buncombe Ann Phillips Asheville

Buncombe Thomas Garrison, Jr Weaver ville

McDowell June Crouch Nebo

McDowell Bryan Gouge Marion

Forty-Sixth District

Henderson Boyce A. Whitmire Henderson ville

Henderson John Lee Ward Tuxedo

Forty-Seventh District

Haywood Paul Osborne Waynesville

Haywood Clifford Brown Clyde

Madison Maynard Cody Rt. 6, Marshall

Madison Floyd Wallin Rt. 3, Marshall

Yancey Phillip B. Styles... Rt. 3, Burnsville

Yancey T. A. Buchanan Rt. 1, Burnsville

Forty-Eighth District

Jackson John Leopard Tuckaseigee

Jackson James Roper Rt. 3, Sylva

Swain Carter Maddox Bryson City

Swain Bob Crawford Bryson City

Transylvania Raymond F. Bennett Brevard

Transylvania Jerry H. Jerome Brevard

Forty-Ninth District

Cherokee Paul Barker Andrews

Cherokee Lyle Martin Murphy

Clay Luther Elliott Hayesville

Clay Jerome Smith Hayesville

Graham Sam Sharpe Robbinsville

Graham Lawrence Griffith Robbinsville

Macon

Macon



County Chairmen — Democratic Executive Committee

1970

County Name Address

Alamance George A. Long Burlington

Alexander J. M. Lackey Rt. 2, Hiddenite

Alleghany Tom Gambill Sparta

Anson R. L. Cagle Wadesboro

Ashe._ Thomas S. Johnston Jefferson

Avery.... J. T. Tanner Spruce Pine



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County Name Address

Beaufort Mrs. Verona Cratch Washington

Hertie S. C. Rochelle Windsor

Balden R. J. Hester, Jr Elizabethtown

Brunswick Grover A. Gore Southport

Buncombe E. L. Loftin Asheville

Burke Claude Sitton Morgan ton

Cabarrus Frank Liske Concord

Caldwell Colon Brest wood Lenoir

Camden E. P. Leary Camden

Carteret Frank A. Cassiano Morehead City

Caswell Jack Satterfield Rt. 1, Yancey ville

Catawba Lewis E. Waddell Newton

Chatham Jack A. Moody Siler City

Cherokee Gary P. Kilpatrick.. Rt. 4, Murphy

Chowan Tom H. Shepard Edenton

Clay Otti Kitchens Hayes ville

Cleveland Cameron Ware Rt. 3, Kings Mountain

Columbus Brooks Stanley White ville

Craven William E. Brinkley, Jr New Bern

Cumberland Jean O. Melvin Rt. 5, Fayetteville

Currituck Francis Morse Point Harbor

Dare Jack Cahoon Manteo

Davidson Robert B. Smith, Jr Lexington

Davie Dale H. Brown Rt. 4, Mocksville

Duplin William E. Craft Kenansville

iJurham Dr. Eugene Greuling Durham

Edgecombe Clarence W. Wickham Tarboro

Forsyth Peter T. Meletis Winston-Salem

Franklin Clint Fuller. Louisburg

Gaston George A. Jenkins Gastonia

Gates W. Hunter Morgan Sunbury

Graham Harry Owens Robbinsville

Granville T. G. Stem, Jr Oxford

Greene H. Maynard Hicks Snow Hill

Guilford James R. Turner Greensboro

Halifax A. Leonidas Hux Roanoke Rapids

Harnett Edward H. McCormick Lillington

Haywood Henry Clayton Waynes ville

Henderson Robert Livingston Henderson ville

Hertford Roger Jackson Murfreesboro

Hoke Sam C. Morris Raeford

Hyde William T. Smithwick Rt. 1, Belhaven

Iredell K. L. Raymer, Jr. Troutman

Jackson.. R. Philip Haire Sylva

Johnston Dr. Jerry Wood Selma

Jones . Ray Harrison Trenton

Lee Fletcher Harris Sanford

Lenoir W. A. Allen, Jr.. Kinston

Lincoln Jake A. Burgin Lincolnton

Macon Jerry Sutton Franklin

Madison.. J. C. Wallin, Jr Rt. 4, Marshall

Martin... Daniel A. Manning Williamston

McDowell John Gilkey Marion

Alecklenburg Mrs. Stanley L. Brennan Charlotte

Mitchell Hugh A. Dobbin Spruce Pine

Montgomery William C. Holder Rt. 2, Troy

Moore Mrs. Harold Blue Eagle Springs

Nash.. Oscar L. Tyson Spring Hope

New Hanover L. J. Poisson, Jr Wilmington

Northampton T. G. Joyner Garysburg

Onslow Roscoe Sandlin Jacksonville

Orange Roger Foushee Chapel Hill

Pamlico Robert Whorton Stonewall

Pasquotank.. Dr. W. W. Hottier Elizabeth City

I'ender R. V. Biberstein, Jr Burgaw



State Committees, Democratic 235

County Name Address

Perquimans Robert Sutton Rt. 3, Hertford

Person Mrs. A. F. Nichols Roxboro

Pitt Hugh C. Winslow Greenville

Polk William A. McFarland Tryon

Randolph Russell Walker Asheboro

Richmond Clyde H. Causey Rockingham

Robeson W. Earl Britt Fairmont

Rockingham Allen H. Gwyn, Jr Reidsville

Rowan James F. Morton Salisbury

Rutherford Hollis Owens, Jr. Rutherfordton

Sampson Joseph B. Chamblis Clinton

Sdotland William Winn. Laurinburg

Stanly Hugh H. Efird Albemarle

Stokes Don Montgomery Walnut Cove

Surry W. Frank Comer Dobson

Swain O'Neal Muse Bryson City

Transylvania Robert H. Hunter Rt. 3, Brevard

Tyrrell Lem A. Cohoon ...Columbia

Union Dewey L. English, Jr Monroe

Vance Charles F. Blackburn Henderson

Wake J. Al Adams Raleigh

Warren Frank B. Banzet Warrenton

Washington Alton B. Dough Rt. 2, Plymouth

Watauga W. Ralph Winkler Boone

Wayne Henson P. Barnes Goldsboro

Wilkes Rex Handy N. Wilkesboro

Wilson Russell L. Stephenson Wilson

Yadkin James J. Randleman Elkin

Yancey Ed D. Wilson Burnsville



County Vice Chairmen — Democratic Executive

Committee
1970

County Name Address

Alamance Mrs. John Boozer Graham

Alexander Mrs. Elsie Moretz Rt. 5, Hickory

Alleghany Margaret Phipps Piney Creek

Anson Mrs. G. B. Blackwell Wadesboro

Ashe Mrs. Irene D. Cox Grassy Creek

Avery Mrs. Hope B. Teaster Minneapolis

Beaufort Milton Brown Washington

Bertie Mrs. Arthur Bradshaw ...Windsor

Bladen Mrs. Wanda S. Campbell Elizabethtown

Brunswick Mrs. Ina Mae Mintz Bolivia

Buncombe Mrs. May O'Donnell Asheville

Burke Mrs. Wilhelmina Crawley Rt. 6, Morganton

Cabarrus Mrs. Thomas L. Ross Concord

Caldwell Mrs. J. C. Spencer Lenoir

Camden Mrs. Katherine W. McCoy South Mills

Carteret Iris Jarvis Fulcher Atlantic

Caswell Mrs. W. A. Cobb Rt. 1, Ruffin

Catawba Mrs. Margaret Hall Hickory

Chatham Mrs. Je.ssie Ruth Seagroves Rt. 1, Siler City

Cherokee Mrs. Janis Bates Rt. 2, Culberson

Chowan Mrs. E. N. Elliott Tyner

Clay Mrs. Carolyn Bowers Hayesville

Cleveland Mrs. Warren Gamble Shelby



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County Name Address

Columbus Mrs. Flora Singletary Whiteville

Craven Mrs. Joe Gwallney New Bern

(Cumberland Mrs. E. J. David Fayette ville

Currituck Mrs. Elaine Ferrell Moyock

Dare Mrs. Alva Wise Stumpy Point

Davidson ...Mrs. Shirley Harris Thomas ville

Davie.. Mrs. Muriel Gude Cooleemee

Duplin Mrs. Do vie Penny Wallace

Durham Dr. Lavonia Allison Durham

Edgecombe Mrs. Jack Bishop . Rocky Mount

Forsyth Mrs. C. L. Reynolds Winston-Salem

Franklin Mrs. James Speed Rt. 3, Louisburg

Gaston Mrs. Gloria Musard Gastonia

Gates Lois Holier Sunbury

Graham Janice Pangle Rt. 1, Robbinsville

Granville Mrs. Gertrude Washington Rt. 2, Oxford

Greene Mrs. Robert Aiken Snow Hill

Guilford E. Herman Burrows High Point

Halifax Mrs. Sarah Harrison Enfield

Harnett Mrs. Addie Faueett Rt. 2, Lillington

Haywood Mrs. Ellen Woody Canton

Henderson Mrs. Ruth Semaschko Henderson ville

Hertford Mrs. Cecil B. Varner Cofield

Hoke Mrs. T. J. Harris Rt. 3, Red Springs

Hyde Mrs. H. E. Rhem Rt. 1, Belhaven

Iredell Mrs. Charles Lynn Rt. 4, Statesville

Jackson Mrs. Elizabeth Dewees Sylva

Johnston Mrs. Macy Hoyle Smithfield

Jones Mrs. Willa Haskins... Rt. 1, Trenton

Lee Mrs. Kemp Gaddy Sanford

Lenoir Mrs. Paul Fletcher Rt. 7, Kinston

Lincoln Mrs. Hal Hoyle, Jr Rt. 2, Lincolnton

Macon Mrs. Jack Sherrill Rt. 6, Franklin

Madison Mrs. Dorothy Wyatt Rt. 6, Marshall

Martin... Mrs. Peggy Sharp Robersonville

McDowell Mrs. Alice Ostrom Marion

Mecklenburg Fred D. Alexander Charlotte

Mitchell Mrs. A. N. Fuller Spruce Pine

Montgomery Mrs. Henry Richter Mt. Gilead

Moore ... J. Elvin Jackson Carthage

Nash Mrs. Larry D. Bass Rt. 2, Nashville

New Hanover Mrs. Eunice Banway Carolina Beach

Northampton Mrs. Edna Futrell Woodland

Onslow Mrs. Dolly Burton Jacksonville

Orange Cloe Ann Canada Chapel Hill

Pamlico Mrs. Binson Arapahoe

Pasquotank Mrs. Maurice Berry Rt. 1, Elizabeth City

Pender Mrs. J. V. Whitfield Willard

Perquimans Mrs. Becky White Hertford

Person Dr. J. C. Owens Roxboro

Pitt Mrs. W. F. Tyson Stokes

Polk Mrs. Patricia P. Hart Tryon

Randolph Mrs. Jane B. Hayworth Asheboro

Richmond Mrs. Clyde Crepps Rockingham

Robeson Mrs. Attie Mae Locklear Rt. 2, Pembroke

Rockingham Mrs. J. J. Webster RFD, Stoneville

Rowan Mrs. Carl Hall, Jr Mt. Ulla

Rutherford Mrs. Ben Humphries Cliffside

Sampson Mrs. Eunice Bass Rt. 2, Newton Grove

Scotland Mrs. Marguerite Townsend Laurinburg

Stanly Mrs. \V. T. Huckabee, III Albemarle

Stokes Mrs. Marjorie Christian Danbury

Surry Mrs. James Wilburn Pilot Mountain

Swain Mrs. Minnie Wright Bryson City



State Committees, Democratic 237

County Name Address

Transylvania Mrs. Margaret Head Rt. 1, Pisgah Forest

Tyrrell Mrs. W. A. Basnight Columbia

Union Mrs. Nancy Rorie Rt. 4, Monroe

Vance Mrs. Sarah M. Walker Henderson

Wake Mrs. Phil Ellis Holly Springs

Warren ...Mrs. Virginia Bender Rt. 2, Norlina

Washington Mrs. Willie Mae Winfield Roper

Watauga Mrs. Bob Bingham Rt. 1, Boone

Wayne Mrs. Mary Hall Peacock Fremont

Wilkes Mrs. Haxel Turner Roaring River

Wilson Mrs. E. Sharp Newton Wilson

Yadkin Mrs. Ruth Mackie Boles Yadkinville

Yancey Mrs. Glenna Mcintosh Burnsville



North Carolina Republican State Platform 1970



NATIONAL AFFAIRS

The past national Administration, and indeed the Democrat
Party itself, continues to be martced by, among other things, two
extremely dangerous trends: One, an ever-increasing unwarranted
centralization of power in the Federal Government; and two, an
utter disregard for financial responsibility in our national fiscal
aflS'airs.

We ask only for the free opportunity to do things for ourselves
and our country. This is a nation which has prospered in a climate
of freedom which has permitted each individual to develop his
maximum potential. We must move away from the influence of
paternalism and return to policies which stimulate and encourage
individual incentive. Then, and only then, can our nation march
forward to its greater destiny — strong enough to discourage
outside influences and sensitive to the welfare of all its citizens
at home.

We commend the efforts of Congressmen Charles R. Jonas,
James T. Broyhill, Earl B. Ruth, and Wilmer D. Mizell to stem
the tide of irresponsible governmental spending. Our state needs
more Republican Congressmen to help organize the Congress and
direct its fiscal policies into channels more in line with the think-
ing of the people of Noi'th Carolina.

We commend President Richard M. Nixon and Vice President
Spiro T. Agnew in their efforts to restore a sense of responsible
leadership for America, and for regaining its emminence in national
affairs and raising us to a position of national prestige which
during the last administration reached its lowest ebb.

The President and Vice President have displayed great courage
and leadership and, at the same time, have initiated programs to
strengthen the free nations of the world so that our servicemen
in Vietnam may be gradually returned home, and the United States
can win peace in Vietnam with honor. They have committed them-

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Republican Platform 239

selves to a progfram of establishing free nations to stem the Com-
munist tide and at the same time bringing our troops back.

We applaud President Nixon, Vice President Agnew and Con-
gressmen Jonas, Broyhill, Ruth and Mizell for re-establishing a
strong program of national affairs which will return the United
States to fiscal soundness. We particularly emphasize the import-
ance of maintaining an individual's right-to-work as guaranteed
in Section 14-B of the Taft-Hartley Act. We believe these rights
should be extended to postal and all other federal employees.



STATE AFFAIRS

North Carolina possesses potential unexcelled by any of the
other 49 states. That potential is the ability of our citizens. This
state has been unable to utilize its potential because of the one-
party system of government exhibited by the Democrat Party
in the last 69 years. When any political party is too long in power,
it becomes primarily interested in its own perpetuation without
primary regard to the best interest of the people. Our present low
position among the states in education, health, welfare, income,
etc., is proof of the results of the one-party system.



PUBLIC EDUCATION

With a firm conviction that an excellent educational system is
the first prerequisite for representative government, and with the
belief that only educated citizens can preserve the liberties won
for them at great cost by their forefathers, the Republican Party
in North Carolina dedicates itself to the position that education is
the most important function of State and Local Government in
a free society.

We praise the dedication our teachers have shown under ad-
verse circumstances. North Carolina educational programs rank
near the bottom in the nation in all categories despite the fact that
recent sales tax levies have been enacted under the promise that
the money would provide better North Carolina education. We
believe that financial support of our public schools should be im-



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proved on a state and local level, and further that we should
expect to set our money's worth.

A comparison of the educational history of Republican States
with that of Democrat States during the last G9 years points to
the undeniable fact that Republican States lead the nation in the
field of education, while Democrat States rank near the bottom
in every evaluation of school standards. We pledge ourselves to
the task of elevating North Carolina from the low educational
position she has occupied during 69 years of Democrat rule.

The Republican Party favors a program of incentives and
teacher selection to attract and hold superior teachers. We pledge
a continuation of the efforts made by the entire Republican delega-
tion in the 1967 and 1969 General Assemblies to secure an adequate
salary for teachers. We propose to continue our efforts to strength-
en job security for those who teach our children by enacting genuine
teacher tenure legislation. We feel that this would remove political
pressures from the classroom.

Instructors should be highly trained for the areas in which
they teach. Teachers must be given time to teach and pupils time
in which to learn. We support special programs for the exception-
ally talented and for the handicapped. We favor more emphasis
on physical fitness in athletic programs. We urge greater attention
by state and local school officials to those innovative programs such
as non-graded classes and team teaching which show promise of
strengthening our education program. We encourage our free-
enterprise system to work closer with our public educational in-
stitutions in the promotion of vocational and technical training,
diversified occupational training and cooperative education.

The Republican Party recoginzes that children in North Carolina
have too long been denied the educational benefits of public kin-
dergartens. The present "Experiment" in "Pilot Kindergartens" in
North Carolina ignores the fact that the value of preschool edu-
cation has been established for some 60 years.

We propose a more positive program that combines the advant-
ages of having an economical, sound, statewide commitment for all
five-year olds. We advocate a 10-12-week summertime program
leading into the first grade. At one-fourth the cost of a full year
program, this will enable us (A) to begin a program earlier in



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every school district, (B) to utilize more efficiently our existing
public school physical facilities, and (C) to offer continuing em-
ployment and improved income to many of our primary grade
teachers.

Our Republican congressional leadership will continue to work
for President Nixon's program to allow a certain percentage of the
Federal Income Tax paid by the residents of North Carolina to be
returned directly to the states to be used by the states for educa-
tion without federal control.

North Carolina Republicans, realizing the urgent need for more
and better public school builings, propose that the State return to
the counties 15% of sales and use tax collections to be used for this
purpose. This program would eliminate expensive interest pay-
ments on bonds, and would return over 20 million dollars annually
to the counties. Within 10 years. North Carolina would have one
of the finest school systems in the nation.

The North Carolina Republican Party recognizes the importance
of providing for every child in our state an opportunity to receive



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