Richard Rivette

Richard Rivette

Richard is the North Carolina State Senate candidate for District 38 comprising the West side of Mecklenburg County, north area below Huntersville but above Uptown, and the University area of the city. His desire is to bring more viable companies to North Carolina, increase job opportunities, job training, and expand school choice by fully funding all education venues.

Most North Carolinians are hard-working and responsible people. They pay their taxes on time, show up at work each day, and don't have anything to hide.  However, the Constitution of the United States was written as a restraint on government. Strict privacy laws were developed to ensure that our most private affairs remained so, and that citizens of the United States could trust their government. Unfortunately, we have seen how the FBI, NSA, IRS and other agencies sworn to work for us, have now been used as tools against citizens who did nothing wrong.

As many Americans have discovered, the federal government has abused it's authority by wiretapping US citizens and creating laws which circumvent due process. The US government simply is not allowed to intervene in the affairs of private citizens if it does not have the permission to do so. 

Richard Rivette has had enough, and he plans to send a message to the federal government that it's intrusiveness is no longer allowed. 

In doing so, he will take the following actions:

  • Follow the example of Maryland and forbid the NSA and federal government from using state resources to spy on NC citizens. This will keep the NSA from establishing a foothold in Charlotte or anywhere in NC and keep them from using utilities, public and private records, communication networks or any other resources.
  • Have any federal agent whom acts outside of NC and US constitutional authority arrested and tried in NC's court system.  
  • Lead a full investigation into the actions of the NSA and the federal government within the state of NC and prosecute any individuals whom are guilty of illegally spying on NC citizens.

Under NC's constitution, the federal government does not have the right to gather information without a search warrant.  It's time that we enforce our laws, and encourage other states to do the same before it's too late.

 

"Once you start down a path of accepting indulgences and gifts from those most likely to benefit from the power you obtain in public service, you can never go back.”

One of the main reasons for the average person like me to serve in public office today is simple. We need more individuals willing to do the hard work without reaping enormous rewards. Public office, I don’t believe, was ever meant to be a career, or a place to earn a fortune. But that is what it has become.

Worse, we seem less affected by the news everyday of another politician caught stealing from us. I too, had hope that our local mayor of Charlotte was NOT involved in corrupt activities but the evidence is overwhelming. What can we do but continue? I do wish that his party would own up to what he did and stop trying to blame someone else for his taking large sums of cash from undercover agents. Of course pray for them, but realize he had everything he needed, yet still succumbed to greed.

In Pennsylvania, the state Attorney General, a Democrat also, let drop several cases against high-ranking officials, also all Democrats. They claimed the cases were biased. That only Democrats were being prosecuted. It turns out that Republicans in the state legislature were also offered the same bribes, but every Republican turned them down. Yet every Democrat took them! What does this say about a party that insists on transparency?

In Charlotte, and North Carolina, we have seen a parade of scandals from Jim Black, Mike Easley, Patrick Cannon and many others who are ALL Democrats, yet we won’t state the obvious. If you don’t want to get caught being CORRUPT, don’t take the money! Your public office is not a carnival game where people throw money at you and you pocket it.

I have serious reservations about my previous opponent and current legislator, Senator Joel Ford, and so should voters. He had very close connections to everyone involved in the corruption indictment of a couple years ago. He, in fact, took campaign money from Patrick Cannon, and he cannot claim complete innocence of what transpires inside the Democratic party because during the time this corruption took place, Joel Ford was the chairman of the local Mecklenburg Democratic party! Even if he was not complicit in setting up transactions, taking money, or facilitating bribes, he must have had some knowledge something was wrong. But he said nothing. He still will only mouth condolences for the family. Senator Ford needed to step up and come clean. He refused to answer any questions, and never met to debate me, not even once in 2014 or 2016. He managed to avoid any scrutiny of his non-record from the beginning of his tenure in office. Let's be clear. Senator Ford has done nothing for this state. His most recent lost last year in the mayoral primary demonstrates how disconnected he is from the entire city of Charlotte. 

I look forward to debating the Democratic primary winner and meeting in open forums over the next months so voters can question us and see who has the ability to lead for themselves.

I am the PROCharlotte, PROnc candidate with a plan to help us expand growth and opportunity for all.

For the voter who reads this, please understand, we moved here together to start a family, build a business, advance in our education, contribute to local charitable efforts, found a scout troop, and become enmeshed with Charlotte, because we fell in love with North Carolina many years ago. We love the people, the places, and the opportunities. Someone should run for office when they are entwined with their city, their state, and that is why I think it is important to develop jobs, training, and improve education in this area – because we love Charlotte, and we call it home.

Vote for the PROjobs candidate. Richard Rivette has a history of creating JOBs with new and existing companies. By concentrating on the redevelopment of our district (the west and north light industrial areas of Mecklenburg county), the state tax code and the education system, including both public schools and higher ed, we can build what we need to succeed and lift many of our families out of this recession.

As the PROcharlotte candidate Richard Rivette will propose citizen committees to help us plan extensive new development of the Charlotte metro region, but especially focus on his district, which is still greatly affected by the last recession, unemployment, hour reductions and the departure of decent wage jobs. "Our focus must be on attracting new ventures and employing our local Charlotte neighbors." We must aggressively seek opportunities like the Toyota manufacturing facilities we lost to other states because our current Senator is too busy to be bothered promoting this region.

"We MUST target the TWO top priorities for companies looking to grow in North Carolina, so they can create MORE jobs."

While government doesn't create jobs, it can lay the foundation for the firms that do. We need to continue to reduce the complexity and burden of our entire tax structure, which is why Richard Rivette supports the FAIR TAX or a much simpler alternative to our entire tax code. And we MUST improve schools and job training opportunities.

With his advice, learn how we can accomplish our goals for Charlotte and North Carolina!

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One can decide to regress or move ahead. I choose to progress, but without a valid direction, support and guidance from experienced leadership like mine, we risk more bureaucracy and less freedom in our daily lives.
- Richard Rivette