Kathleen Colbert, Democrat, District 3

Kathleen Colbert, Democrat, District 3

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Part one: Let’s talk the issues in 25 words or less. 

1. Do you support the county sales tax referendum? What about the bond referendum for schools?

The revenue from the sales tax increase can be used to develop an effective plan for future storms to minimize the damage to our community.

2. What is the most pressing issue facing the district you are running to represent?

Ensure our schools are safe for our students and teachers and residents have access to mental health and substance abuse services during this unprecedented time.

3. Do you support offshore testing, drilling and development off the state’s coast?

I want steps taken to protect our beaches and marine life from a potential oil spill.

4. How can the county better adapt to climate change and prepare for future storms?

Discuss specific steps to adapt to climate change, develop a comprehensive plan for all county agencies do their part to help our county recover.

5. Do you support school reopening in person, virtually or a hybrid model given the coronavirus pandemic?

I support schools having a specific, uniform plan utilized throughout the county to keep our schools safe for students, teachers, and staff.

6. Would you like to see the Confederate monument remain on courthouse grounds in Beaufort?

I would like to see residents in county on both sides have an in depth discussions. We live in a democracy. Let the people decide.

Part two: Meet your candidate. 

Kathleen Colbert, 58, 3300 Country Club Road, Morehead City, NC 28557

Contact information: colbertcares4carteret@gmail.com

 

I am a mental health therapist serving clients in Carteret county. I have a MA in counseling and psychological services from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. Throughout my career, I have been an advocate for my clients ensuring that they have access to the resources they need to have the quality of life that they desire. Mental health services, including addiction, play a key role in quality of life, especially during this unprecedented time. The impact of COVID-10 has hit us hard. Access quality to mental health services can turn this around. 

I am also committed to investing in education and employment opportunities for the young residents in our county. Providing a pathway to further education for high school students interested in pursuing trade professions will grow the economy in the county. 

The bottom line: if our residents have quality of life, they will become involved, committed and productive citizens. Suicide, addiction and crime will decrease. It is a win-win for all of us. Vote for me for county commissioner and be part of the growth that happens when we take care of each other.

 

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