Wake County’s population is 1.2M.
Wake County is bigger than eight states.
Wake County is rich in communities of interest around the county.
It makes no sense that we elect all seven of our county commissioners "at-large" (county-wide).
People deserve a county commissioner that is accountable to them and the local interests of their part of the county on the Wake Board of County Commissioners.
What we have now is taxation without representation.
In 2014, the winning candidate for District 2 lost the vote of District 2 but won a seat to the commission based on the vote of the other districts outside of District 2. Why should those voters have faith that their representative is accountable to them when it's the voters of the other districts that put him in office?
Today I filed a common-sense, reasonable bill to align the Wake Board of Commissioners with the Wake Board of Education: one member district elections/nonpartisan.
Time to give back the power to the people.
I reached out to every member of the Wake delegation in the House last spring about this issue. Some I spoke to. Some never responded. I spoke to every Wake County Commissioner last spring about this issue except for one who never returned my call. I asked them to implement this change themselves so the General Assembly didn’t have to. They have clearly refused.
I am currently talking with my Wake colleagues in the House and Senate about this bill. I am encouraging them to support it, and support the people’s right to choose their representation on the County Board.
It’s the right thing to do to give power to the people.
As an entrepreneur and owner of two small businesses in southern Wake County, I understand the importance of policies that implement low taxes, job growth, a thriving economy, and responsible budget management.
As a mother, military spouse, and former PTA president, I understand the need for families to be supported through policies that bolster world-class education opportunities and school choice for families, as well as policies that solidify North Carolina as the most military friendly state in the nation.
As a community leader, founder and director of a local non-profit, and former leader of a Town Board, I know first-hand the importance of safe and secure communities, state funding to help construct needed roads to alleviate traffic congestion, and being engaged at the local community level.
I am proud to have delivered an unprecedented $32,500,000.00 in state funding for transportation and infrastructure solutions in District 37.
And as your Representative in the North Carolina State House, I will continue to fight for the people of District 37 and lead on smart policies that benefit the people of southern Wake County.
Please click on the link below for Erin Pare's bio.
As a small business owner and advocate for the taxpayer, I am committed to fiscal responsibility and budgetary accountability. North Carolina needs leaders who support policies that result in economic growth and job creation — not tax increases. North Carolinians deserve to keep more of their hard-earned money to support their families. North Carolina politicians need to be accountable to taxpayers by using a cost-benefit approach to spending for State needs.
I support strong North Carolina schools, a quality education for our children, rewarding our hard-working teachers, and the empowerment of families to make the best educational choices for their children. We can achieve excellence in education and student performance through expanding opportunity in educational options, including work-based programs. No longer should a family’s income or zip code dictate access to a better school. As the mother of two children in the Wake County Public School System, PTA President, Founder and Director of a non-profit serving community youth in music arts, I will continue to fight for children, families and top quality education in NC.
Leadership is needed in the General Assembly to lower the cost of healthcare in North Carolina. This can be done through expanding the competitive healthcare marketplace, innovative solutions that control costs, and reigning in government mandates. As the sister of a disabled adult who does not live independently, with continuing life-saving healthcare needs stemming from a medical condition at birth, I understand the need for free-market driven solutions that foster competition in healthcare to help reduce costs and achieve better outcomes.
District 37 is a wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family. Southern Wake County is rich with opportunity, hope for the future, and fullness of life. As we navigate the challenges that come with rapid growth, we need to have a leader in the General Assembly who will fight to return our taxpayer dollars back to the district to improve our roads and transportation mobility in the region. I have done that, and I will continue to fight for us.
I am proud to have returned over $32,000,000.00 in taxpayer dollars to the district in just my first term. This money is directly benefitting the communities of Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs in transportation infrastructure to improve traffic and safety in the region. I will continue to make sure our tax dollars return to our district and are properly invested where we need them the most.
Ensuring our communities are safe for citizens – especially our children – is my top priority. I continue to be a strong and vocal supporter of our law enforcement and school resource officers (SROs) to keep our communities and schools safe. I am very proud to receive the "Defender of Public Safety" award from the NC Sheriff's Association, the “Leadership Excellence Award” from the North Carolina Police Benevolent Association, and to be endorsed by both immediate past Police Chiefs of Holly Springs and Fuquay-Varina - Chief John Herring and Chief Laura Fahnestock, as well as former Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison. I support legislation that would require NC sheriffs to honor detention requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, also known as ICE.
I am pro-life, and there are two very special people in my life who are why I am, and always will be, pro-life. State government should adopt laws which prioritize the protection of innocent human life, and demonstrate compassion and respect for a woman's need for bodily autonomy. Abortion law should include exceptions for rape, incest, and life of the mother. I do not support an outright ban on abortion.
State government should boost support for new mothers and women in crisis, and adopt policies that make adoption easier.
I DO NOT support unrestricted late-term abortion. Unrestricted late-term abortion up through the moment of birth, when a fetus can feel pain and has developed organs, is cruel, barbaric, and should not be legal.
I support the 2nd Amendment and the right to bear arms. My husband and I are gun owners, and we both keep current with our training and with practicing gun safety measures.
Erin needs your help in 2022. Election Day is November 8th.
Voting serves all of us. Thank you for your commitment.
Representative Erin Paré has served in the North Carolina House of Representatives since January 2021. She represents the people of District 37 in southern Wake County.
Erin serves on the House Committee on Appropriations; the subcommittee on General Government, Committee on Appropriations; the Committee on Energy and Public Utilities (Vice Chair); the Committee on Rules, Calendar and Operations of the House; the Committee on Homeland Security, Military and Veterans Affairs; and the Committee on Regulatory Reform. Erin has been appointed by Speaker of the House Tim Moore to serve on the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations, and to serve as Chair of the House Select Committee on Women in S.T.E.M..
Erin is a member of the Life Science Caucus, the Joint Bipartisan Arts Caucus, and serves as an officer of the bipartisan Legislative Women’s Caucus. Erin is a member of the Election Integrity and Education K-12 legislative working groups.
Erin and her husband Wayne, a 24-year Army veteran, settled in Holly Springs after 12 years as an active-duty Army family. As a military spouse, Erin dedicated these years to strengthening military communities and supporting families of deployed soldiers, including serving as the Family Readiness Group Leader for 120 families of the 1st Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment in Savannah, Georgia during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The majority of Wayne’s 8 deployments to the Middle East took place while the couple was raising their children, Madison and Cole. Erin is the recipient of the Shield of Sparta Heroine of Infantry Award from the National Infantry Association for her work and dedication to the United States Army.
Prior to military life, Erin spent seven years as a government affairs professional in Washington, D.C., representing businesses and trade associations on public policy matters and regulatory reform. Erin served as the director of the Regulatory Improvement Council (RIC), a business coalition which advocated for the improved use of transparency, sound science, and cost-benefit analysis in the federal regulatory decision-making process.
Erin and Wayne own a successful small business in Holly Springs called Play-It-Again Sports. Erin is also the founder and director of a non-profit organization serving community youth in music arts, which established a youth orchestra in southern Wake County.
Prior to elected office, Erin served as PTA president and board member at Holly Ridge Elementary School. Erin served as the Vice Chair of the Town of Holly Springs Board of Adjustment.
Erin grew up in Herndon, Virginia and graduated with a M.A. in International Commerce and Policy and a B.A. in Government International Politics from George Mason University.
A violinist and violin teacher to both children and adults, Erin works to promote the value of musical and creative arts in K-12 schools.
Erin has 2 sisters, one of whom is a special needs adult and the other a registered nurse. Born with hydrocephalus, Lisa is a survivor of lifelong, life-threatening health complications. Because of Lisa’s story, Erin is an advocate for special-needs children and adults and their families. .
Since taking office, Rep. Paré has been named by the NC Chamber of Commerce as a “Jobs Champion” and as a “Defender of Public Safety” by the North Carolina Sheriff’s Association. Rep. Paré was named “2021 Legislator of the Year” by the North Carolina Federation of Young Republicans, received the “2021 Award for Conservative Excellence” by the American Conservative Union, the "Firefighter's Friend" award from the NC State Firefighter's Association, and the “Leadership Excellence Award” from the North Carolina Police Benevolent Association.
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