Name: Toni Morris
Occupation: Licensed Professional Counselor
Time in District: 26 years total
Amendment One: “I’m voting against it because the word union has too many different perspectives it could have. We have people and couples, who have lived together for many years that could be affected. That’s not about a man and a woman marriage but two people who have lived together, been together for years, especially our older generations, who it could affect.”
What do you think is the central issue for this election?
Healthcare is going to be a big one, especially with the Supreme Court not presenting their ruling until June. Jobs, definitely, is going to be another.
What are the specific issues facing your district?
For North Carolina the issue is education. Jobs, healthcare, education.
Why should your constituents elect you?
The way I look at it, I am the representative to be their voice, to be able go to Washington and actually tell their story, be able to fight for them when they’re in committee, to make sure the laws that are being passed are beneficial not only to North Carolinians but to the country as a whole.
What are the biggest accomplishments and failures of U.S. House over the last two years?
The biggest accomplishments … oh, goodness. I’m struggling right now with accomplishments. My biggest concern is — I wouldn’t put it as ‘failures’ but they didn’t do a great job with — is not getting jobs like they said they would in 2010.
The battle over healthcare. We’re getting cuts to many healthcare programs, but we’re still not putting anything out there to help people. If we’re going to cut the programs, what do we have to offer? If we don’t have anything to offer to help out, then all we’re doing is making cuts and increasing the probability of more people dealing without healthcare.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
For me … I would probably say maybe watching football. I’m just a big football fan. I love football.