Richard Rivette

Richard Rivette

Richard is the North Carolina State House candidate for District 107 comprising the West side of Mecklenburg County around Northlake Mall, below Huntersville along Harris Blvd., and the Highland Creek/Prosperity Church area of the city where he has resided and raised a family over the past 15 years. It also includes neighborhoods along I-77 south to the I-85 interchange and a few along Beattie's Ford Road. 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.

Richard Rivette for NC House 107

[October 3, 2020] As a parent, I think the most important endorsement you can get is from your child. I am very proud of all he has accomplished already in life. Today’s letter from him, which he is allowing me to publish, really humbles me. He wrote and posted on his online account:

“The following is an open letter to my father, Richard Rivette. He is running for the North Carolina House of Representatives District 107. Today I submitted my absentee ballot and voted for him.

“Perhaps in reading this letter, you will realize why he has earned your vote as well. I am not usually a political person, so this letter is probably the extent to which I will be politically active in the near future.

“Dad, The storm is not coming; it is already here. But you knew that. That is why you are doing this, right? Maybe you knew from the beginning that all manner of chaos and despair would descend upon this world of ours.

“Injustice and corruption plague the system that neither of us created. The two of us are not responsible for the failures that have resulted in humanity reaching such a sorry state of affairs. So, why do you stand up to serve the people who have done nothing for you?

Richard Rivette photo portrait
Richard Rivette for NC House 107

(UPDATE 9.19.2020: About the Supreme Court, at the end of the article.)
Today, I am pleased to announce that I have been endorsed by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 9. This means a lot to me, as I have always tried to be civic minded and support law enforcement. I worked as a criminal defense investigator for several years on capital murder cases, having studied Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, and procedures, so I could be effective in my role as an officer of the court. In that time, I never knew a police officer to overstep their bounds and commit an act which led to anyone’s death. It is actually a very rare occurrence.

For example, in New York City last year the NYPD posted 35,000 field officers who answered over 275 million complaint calls and fired their service weapons only 34 times. In the United States far more officers are injured and killed annually than citizens. Around 30 unarmed individuals were in situations where they were killed by police, whereas over 500 law enforcement officers are injured DAILY! From beatings to murder, our police, bailiffs, troopers, corrections and other LEOs are constantly under attack. Now, gangs in New York have made a pact to execute any police officer they come upon affecting an arrest. Imagine being a family member of any officer. Why would they even do the job we’ve asked of them? Over 99.9% answer those civilian complaints following all procedures in an efficient and dedicated manner. It is disgusting how low this country has fallen, when youth openly march in the streets to defund police, abolish them, and outright murder them.

Richard Rivette for NC House 107

READ the UPDATE at the end of the article.

It is time that all good people of this House district stand for something. We have endured nearly four months of insanity perpetrated by an out-of-control Governor who has abused the laws of this state. Read NC G.S.S. 166 19.30 and you will note that all the restrictions he imposed on business owners were not allowed without concurrence of the Council of State, which he did not have. He never had agreement to do what he has done. I personally know many businesses that will never reopen their doors. He has misused authority to bankrupt hundreds if not thousands of companies and left their employees with nothing.

And for what? Because of misinformation and poor data, and data he will not release which will prove that the mortality rate from COVID-19 was never going to be as drastic as predicted. It is unfortunate and tragic we lose even one person to disease, but the lockdowns and closures have been Draconian beyond belief. Many people have died of drug overdoses, suicide, mental health issues, and other afflictions brought on by isolation, deprivation, lack of income, destruction of economies and more. Many of the deaths listed as Covid were co-morbidities where they had serious underlying conditions. We have been lied to for long enough.

I attended the forum night for my district at the Black Political Caucus hosted at West Meck High School on January 21, 2020. While I met some nice people, the “debate” if you can call it that, was an unmitigated disaster. The moderators were completely biased and attempted to frame every Republican as evil, ignorant, and misguided. Some of their questions were so loaded and prefaced with half-truths that anyone attending could not help but notice it was an attack on any Republican candidates.

How unfortunate. We agree on so many issues yet differ on economic approaches. There is not one “right” party, or candidate. As one Democrat on stage put it, NO PARTY has all the good ideas. But every question and answer from Democrats seemed to say one thing over and over. Republicans and their ideas and legislation are BAD, using that exact word, and Democrats are GOOD. Do you think people are that stupid? That they cannot discern nuance on any issue? Please read my rebuttals as I was only given about three minutes in two and half hours to attempt to combat the biased moderators.

My opponent, Rep. Alexander

UPDATE 9.24.2020 at the end of the article.

You've heard of Insane Clown Posse? Meet my opponent whose voting record can only be described as insane. See if you agree with me. Then vote for me.

For those who do not know Civitas, they rank legislators according to whether they vote for "FREEDOM" on legislation, or if they vote "AGAINST FREEDOM". You can only guess where my opponent, Rep. Alexander ranked. Even I was shocked. His votes are nearly historic. I am almost at a loss for words. For example, he voted to allow infanticide.

Senate Bill 359, Born-Alive Survivors Protection Act, legally reaffirms that a baby that survives an attempted abortion has the rights of a human being and is entitled to any life-saving medical care available. Alexander voted to allow babies that survive abortion to be left to die. After they were born. I know abortion supporters who think that is crazy. It is too much, a bridge too far. This goes against every human principle.

He voted against citizens deciding against EMINENT DOMAIN where the government can seize your property! Why can't YOU the voter decide? It is YOUR property!

He voted against making the State Health Plan for pensioners viable. He wanted to halt study while we face a $32 BILLION deficit in future because past administrations never put aside any funds for state workers. If we don't act soon, there will be no funds and hundreds of thousands of retirees who face having NO healthcare at all. He says he loves seniors. Nope. I don't think so. 

Please watch this Prager University video and you will understand the Democrat strategy of painting Republicans as racists. Frankly, we are sick and tired of being called names by our neighbors who only parrot what they've been told by a political party. We are your friends, neighbors, co-workers, teachers, volunteers, business owners, coaches, and customers. We deserve to be treated with respect. Until someone proves to you individually they are racist, stop calling people names. It hurts our community and country.

Carol Swain is a Professor of Political Science and Law at Vanderbilt University.


And please watch what Dr. Alveda King (Martin Luther King's neice) has to say about racism today:


Diamond and Silk nail it with this video:


Where's The Beef?

Better Yet... Where's The Money?

Democrats have railed about needing a majority that will reprioritize spending in North Carolina. Voters need to know: there is a limited amount of income in the form of revenue produced by individuals and businesses that the state is given to spend. There is no additional pot of money available. I challenge my House opponent and anyone else out there to tell me in this summary of state spending exactly WHAT we are supposed to stop spending on so we can get teacher's further raises, build affordable housing, expand Medicaid, etc. As it stands now, Democrats UPHELD the Governor's veto of this year's budget NOT because it was not a superior budget, but because they didn't get every pet item they wanted.

Democrats have some really good spending ideas. I do too. I would love to go out and buy a very expensive car, and eat at the finest restaurants every night. But I cannot afford to do that and neither can our state. We ALL want children cared for with a good education, a decent meal, and a roof over their head. That would be ideal. We cannot deficit spend to achieve it. North Carolina finally paid back some of its long-term debt so we are not constantly paying interest on debt for overspending which occurred many years ago under those Democrat majorities. Face facts, Republicans are just better stewards of public funds.

A Living Wage is a fallacy, a falsehood and can never help the poor. In fact, it harms them.

I took law courses, unlike my opponent, and he doesn't understand product development and how manufacturers function. He inherited a business. He has demonstrated ZERO experience and little knowledge of economics per the proposals he has put forward. Allow me to explain:

When you work for a company, say you are paid $12 to bake bread loaves. You want a raise to $15. The owner says they cannot afford it. Remember, your needs and desires are balanced against the entire company's balance sheet, every other employee, and every competitor they have in the marketplace. 

When the government steps in, as they have in Venezuela, and says you must raise salaries, companies must comply. In Venezuela 40% of all business closed overnight when salary hikes were enforced. Unemployment skyrocketed. The country is in such a desperate state that open rebellion is occurring. People are dying from socialist policies.

Here is what would happen in the North Carolina if we enact a "living wage":

Here we go again.

Another run for the state legislature, and now I am up against Rep. Alexander who has spent ten years in office and done nothing for this district, much less the state. While his heart may be in the right place, he seems to miss the point of HOW to create higher income for all citizens, HOW to raise people out of poverty, HOW to create an equitable justice system, and HOW to build affordable housing.

He doesn't have to worry about his livelihood as his family owns a funeral home, in fact the oldest African-American owned business in Mecklenburg County at 105 years old.

Before I tell you WHY my opponent is another disaster, please READ the chart (click READ MORE). In 2010, the Democrats had control of North Carolina for 138 years. And we had among the lowest standards for business, education and progress. Democrats had several generations to get things right, and they didn't, so what makes anyone think now they will magically empower people in North Carolina? In the few years Republicans have the state house North Carolina's rankings have shot up in every positive direction possible. 

CRITICAL UPDATE: Under Republican leadership for several years, North Carolina according to Forbes magazine has been rated the NUMBER ONE best state for business in the U.S. for the THIRD YEAR. After years of undoing the mess that Democrats made for 138 years, we are finally seeing the fruit of our labor. Let's keep that going...

I would like to address the main concerns that Mr. Alexander has touted as important for our district. Better yet, I will tell you HOW I intend to fix these things:

Being a candidate requires you to register to run under one of the major political parties in North Carolina. It is the law. Now, a lot of candidates I've met, don't really fit neatly into their "party mold". Some do, but many don't. But you are stuck with labeling yourself.

I am a Republican. I really am more a Constitutional Conservative. I love our founding documents because they've withstood the test of time. We have become a more mature nation because they limit each "party" at the national level. In our state, we have a similar Constitution, and because of that we have the two party system. Three, if you count the occasional Libertarian candidates who try to compete.

The system is rigged in favor of parties. Which is why a lot of people hate by party. The left hates Republicans. Even though many candidates are not entirely Republican, they are hated. En masse. For no particular reason except they have an "R" after their name. The right can't stand many Democrats. The ones with a "D" after their name. 

Can we not grow up enough to understand that these hatreds are fueled by media, and by internal party groups who WANT to preserve their own power? They enjoy the fact they can spread a few lies and stir up such hatred. 

The fact is, WE ARE ALL AMERICANS, doing the best we can to work jobs, build a business, raise our families and get through our daily lives without drama. I think we need to ask ourselves before we vote: Would I want this candidate babysitting my kid? Would I trust them with my cash register at my business? Would I allow them to be my manager at work? Would I invite them over to relax in my backyard? More importantly, Will this person safeguard my life, my property and those I care about regardless of "party"? If the answer is NO, then it doesn't really matter what letter comes after their name on the ballot. 

We need to look past labels and start thinking for ourselves. This is critical in unbalanced districts like mine. Anyone other than a D won't be elected unless people look at the individual. Someone once said we should judge on the content of character,... not on superficial characteristics like skin color.

Oh yes. That was Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and for those who are wanting to hate on the basis of party - he was a Republican.

Don't believe anything I say - Watch what his niece, Dr. Alveda King, has to say - Dr. Alveda King Explains Her Uncle's Political Position

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