2012 Civitas Candidate Survey Responses

The Civitas Institute has mailed candidate surveys to all Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Council of State, and NCGA candidates. We hope this effort will allow those seeking elected office an opportunity to communicate their views on important policy issues and help voters make informed decisions at the polls.

Candidates were asked several questions on various issues and provided with additional commentary space if they felt the answer options did not sufficiently reflect their opinions or they wished to further explain their answers. Please click here to see a survey sample. Check back frequently to see candidate responses. We hope you find this information helpful in determining where candidates stand on important issues affecting you.

If you do not see your local or state candidate on this list, contact them and urge them to fill out the survey. For a list of the Civitas Candidate Survey Non-Responders click here.

Unless otherwise indicated, the remaining names have won their respective primary elections, and will appear on the November ballot.
*Candidate will be in a second primary
**Candidate has requested a recount

Lieutenant Governor

State Senate

State House

Council of State

Secretary of State



Commissioner of Agriculture

Commissioner of Insurance

Commissioner of Labor

Superintendent of Public Instruction

This article was posted by Karen Duquette on March 26, 2012 at 4:53 PM.

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Comments on this article

  • 1

    Apryl Major
    Apryl Major Apr 08, 2012 at 22:28

    Good evening and Happy Easter!

    I am a conservative independent candidate needing to collect 2,300 registered voter signatures in District 34 so that my name can be added to the November ballot and run against Deborah Ross.

    Would it be too early for me to complete the Civitas survey, since technically I’m not a candidate yet?

    This month is my big push to get face and name recognition and the Civitas organization has an excellent reputation for fair polling.

    Please let me know your thoughts…

    Thank you,

    Apryl M. Major

  • 2

    Floyd Jasper Hardee
    Floyd Jasper Hardee Apr 11, 2012 at 8:01

    These surveys are very helpful in determining if a candidate has views to our own. Keep up the good work.

  • 3

    Ben Perry, Jr.
    Ben Perry, Jr. Apr 11, 2012 at 9:35

    Thanks for conducting these surveys. They have been very helpful in scoring candidates for Heritage Action’s efforts to provide voter guides. Keep up the good work!

  • 4

    Howard Miner
    Howard Miner Apr 11, 2012 at 11:05

    This is great information. It is very helpful in determining who shares my ideals for office. Civitas does a great job.

  • 5

    Stan Apr 11, 2012 at 23:13

    Great info – thanks so much
    (but site kept freezing up)

  • 6

    John Olsen
    John Olsen Apr 18, 2012 at 9:46

    I have just begun to look over your survey replys. It is a great service you render in helping folks compare the positions of the candidates. In looking over the replies of Mssrs. Folwell, Forest and Gurley it appears they have given all the same answers down to the exact wording on a few. Did they all get together and decided on the exact wording to use(refer to 16 and 33)The only disagreement is on the education cost amount. Also , why is their no question 28 on Mr. Folwells survey? I will continue my review of all of the Republican candidates. Thanks again for your effort. Jack Olsen

  • 7

    Karen Duquette
    Karen Duquette Apr 18, 2012 at 11:22

    Mr. Olsen,

    Thanks for your interest in our surveys. Folwell, Forest and Gurley selected the same answer choice for #16 and #33. A few of the questions had longer answer choices versus an “agree or disagree” option. Please see the sample survey for clarification. As for #28 on Folwell’s survey, he chose not to answer that question, either intentionally or unintentionally, and left it blank. I hope that addresses your questions.

  • 8

    Tim Cook
    Tim Cook Apr 19, 2012 at 8:50

    When will you post my survey on the website, it was completed.

  • 9

    Fern Shubert
    Fern Shubert Apr 20, 2012 at 17:06

    The State Auditor is responsible for being sure our state’s resources are used efficiently for public purposes and not wasted or stolen.
    Projects the public supports get signs saying “Your tax dollars at work,” but a lot of tax dollars are spent out of public view and it is important to be sure those are actually working for the public as well.
    The State Integrity Investigation’s Corruption Risk Report Card gave NC an F on Public Access to Information, and that needs to change. The public has a right to know how their taxes are collected and spent.
    State Auditor is not a typical elective position. It is not a policy making position; it is a position that requires a broad business and accounting background that equips the holder to act as a financial advisor for the state and to manage a large audit department. Experience is important.
    I didn’t just decide to “seek elected office.” I’ve been an elected representative and found the lack of accurate and timely information very frustrating. I’m running for State Auditor to try to be sure our state’s books are honest and open to the public and public funds are not wasted or stolen.
    In the past, I’ve filled in questionnaires because I felt it was important to express my views on the issues I might handle as a legislator. Over time I became increasingly uncomfortable with questionnaires because I realized anyone could say anything and in some cases they actually helped the least qualified (or least honest) candidates by putting them on a par with those who had actual records of working for the public.
    Questionnaires let everyone ignore the actual records of the candidates.
    This time, I’m simply asking voters to compare my record with the records of the other candidates. I’m a Certified Public Accountant with extensive audit experience. I’ve worked as an auditor and audit manager for the federal government, including supervising auditors spread over a large geographic area. I’ve even taught at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco GA.
    At the request of a small municipal government, I’ve investigated billing practices and I didn’t just write a dry report, my work led to personnel changes and the recovery of almost half a million dollars in fraudulent charges for the Town.
    I’ve headed the internal audit department of a large private company and worked as a public accountant in CPA firms of all sizes, from Big 8 handling major corporations to smaller firms with smaller businesses and family farms. I’m even been recognized by the Courts as an Accounting Expert.
    Please, please, please compare the actual experience of the candidates and share what you find with your friends. I would very much appreciate your support.
    Fern Shubert
    Certified Public Accountant
    Candidate for State Auditor

  • 10

    Teryle Beye
    Teryle Beye Apr 23, 2012 at 21:24

    Thanks for your extensive work. It is very helpful in beginning to “pare down” my ballot.
    Ideally, it would be nice to have different but appropriate surveys for each office. As it is, many of the questions/responses are rather academic for second and third tier offices. It would also be nice to encourage one or two short essay answers, say on creating jobs or the illegal alien issue.
    Given the number of agree/disagree questions, a spreadsheet, by office, could summarize results using “(A) agree, (D) disagree or (*) see response for answer” for those questions.
    Keep up the noble fight!
    Terry Beye

  • 11

    Clarence Jones
    Clarence Jones Apr 25, 2012 at 9:06

    This survey is very helpful. One suggestion for improvement is to reword question 34. It does not indicate whether the candidate believes education spending per student is too low or too high. It only asks if it is about right. Some candidates want to look for ways to save money, others think simply spending more money means better education.

  • 12

    Buddy Apr 25, 2012 at 9:26

    I don’t usually comment but I would really like to know why Phil Shepard House dist. 15 is not listed. Do our representatives give reasons why they don’t want us to know where they stand?

  • 13

    Phyllis Gibbs
    Phyllis Gibbs Apr 25, 2012 at 10:55

    Sorry, but the surveys did not help me except when I read Fern Shubert’s reply. It seems that most all of the candidates just wrote “agree” with your questions, so that doesn’t tell me anything about the person’s qualifications, thoughts or ability to convey his/her reasons for seeking an office.

  • 14

    Conrad Collins
    Conrad Collins Apr 28, 2012 at 14:42

    Thanks for your questions, that really helps putting together our voting list.

    But I would agree with a previous suggestion that a spreadsheet would make it a lot easier, especially when all the questions are the same and it would also save y’all a lot of work having to enter all those questions for each candidate.

    I noticed you did not ask anything of the District Court Judges – why? Neither the Republican site or WRAL didn’t have any information about them either – so looks like it’s another case of ‘what name sounds better’ vote.

  • 15

    Belinda Bee
    Belinda Bee Apr 30, 2012 at 5:31

    I think it is rather interesting that Pat McCrory is not even listed on the above since he is running for Governor. He already refuses to answer from the public and now I guess he is too good to let the people know where he stands on the issues? He assumes he has it in the bag? And THAT folks is why he won’t get my vote.

  • 16

    Richard Alexander
    Richard Alexander May 01, 2012 at 8:31


    The key is to allow teachers to teach and stop using them as the scapegoat for education failures. Education can only be successful when all three components work together. These components are excellent educators, involved parents and students that want to learn. We need to move away from teaching toward a test. What is the true definition of education? I believe that it is LONG TERM RETAINED KNOWLEDGE. Teaching toward a test does not meet the definition. Here is my proposal to improve the education system.

    1. End of grade testing for grades 3-8 should be given in the first week of September during the following year. What will this do? First, it will measure the true retained knowledge of the student. Second, it will allow the teachers to better understand where thet need to go with the student during the year. Finally and most importantly, administration could not force the teachers to teach toward a test, since the children would have difficulty retaining “crammed” information. Therefore, teachers would be allowed to do their job and teach toward mastery, since mastery is the only way to improve retention. Teachers would be able to use their skills. What a novel idea!
    2. I do believe that most parents, that are not involved in their child’s education, want to help. These parents don’t know how to help their children. We need to teach parents how to assist in their child’s education. If education stops everyday when the leave the schoolhouse it is very difficult for a children to make their learning concrete. Parents have to take some responsibility in their children’s education. They need to prepare children for their first day of school and relay the importance of education.
    3. Children need to “buy” into the education system. Teachers are professionals and have spent many years perfecting their skills to make education fun and exciting. They learn to teach using different learning styles, differentiate instruction and effectively assess the child’s educational learning and needs. Teachers are forced to teach toward the test which makes it very difficult to effectively use their skills. Allowing teachers to teach to mastery will keep the children interested and truly see the importance of education through their successes.

    For More information, visit http://www.electrichardalexander.com

    Richard Alexander


    Superintendent of Public Instruction

  • 17

    Mick Goodfellow
    Mick Goodfellow May 01, 2012 at 13:27

    Surely you didn’t expect anything other than standard party-line answers to your survey. Also, I would have been shocked if anyone other than a Republican would have answered the survey questions.

    It would have been very helpful to have a survey done by a non-partisan group with scientifically created questions that would get to the heart of the matter. But then, we would have to assume the people running for the offices would have answered them honestly. That is a huge assumption. I will find the information I need to cast an informed vote somewhere else.

  • 18

    Maria May 04, 2012 at 11:10

    A question that should have been asked, “where do you stand on common core standards?”

  • 19

    Kirkwood Callahan
    Kirkwood Callahan May 04, 2012 at 13:44

    I agree with the comments of Phyllis Gibbs — see above — and the need for specific information about candidates’ qualifications, thoughts, etc. Furthermore, I would suggest that candidates be asked to express their thinking specific to the tasks of the office they seek. I do not believe it is productive to give the prospective members of the Council of State and the legislative branch the same survey with limited choices for answers. I would suggest that the questions be open ended and framed for the positions sought, but perhaps with a word limit for answers.

    The voters can then decide for themselves as to the quality of the answers given.

    Kirkwood Callahan

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    Apryl Major
    Apryl Major Sep 25, 2012 at 21:02

    Good evening Karen,

    I am a conservative independent write-in candidate for District 34 General Assembly, offering another choice in an uncontested race.

    Can I complete the Civitas survey, now that I am certified as a write-in candidate?

    Would really appreciate the opportunity and support…thank you!


    Apryl M. Major
    Independent Write-In Candidate, HD 34

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