NC-11: Chuck Edwards (R)
Madison Cawthorn (R)[i]
North Carolina State Senate (State Senator, District 48); C. Edwards Group (President, Owner); Entegra Financial Corp. (Director); McDonalds Corp. (Coordinator / Consultant / Manager / Crew Member)[ii] [iii]
Diploma, West Henderson High School; Attended Blue Ridge Community College[iv]
Secure The Border; Balance The Budget; Energy Independence; Empower Parents & Improve Education; Pro-Life Values[v]
ON THE ISSUES
Edwards identifies as a “pro-life candidate who believes life begins at conception.” As a state senator, he supported legislation including the “Born Alive Bill” and the “Human Life – No Discrimination Act.” He is endorsed by the National Right to Life Committee and Susan B. Anthony Pro Life America.[vi]
ECONOMY, JOBS & TAXES:
Enacting a Balanced Budget Amendment will be one of Edwards “top priorities” in Congress.[vii] He has blamed rising inflation in the US on Biden’s policies, including “the exorbitant amount of stimulus money dumped into the economy.”[viii] He is endorsed by the National Federation of Independent Business, which says Edwards has worked to “provide tax and regulatory relief for small businesses statewide.”[ix]
HEALTHCARE & SOCIAL SAFETY NET:
Once opposed to Medicaid expansion in North Carolina, Edwards voted in favor of expanding the healthcare program in 2022. In a statement on his decision, Edwards said, “The Affordable Care Act is not going away. All legal and legislative attempts to overturn it have been exhausted. […] With high prices, poor access, and inefficient outcomes, it has become very evident that the time to act is now” He also said the ACA has “caused healthcare prices to sky-rocket.”[x]
IMMIGRATION & BORDER SECURITY:
Edwards advocates for strengthening US borders, restoring funding to build the border wall, and “forcing” all federal agencies to enforce immigration laws. He opposes amnesty and taxpayer-funded benefits for undocumented immigrants. As a state senator, Edwards sponsored legislation outlawing sanctuary cities in North Carolina.[xi]
CRIME & PUBLIC SAFETY:
Edwards strongly opposes defunding the police, arguing it will result in “more crime, not less.” He called the decision by the Asheville City Council to cut police spending “reckless” and a danger to public safety. He further suggested defunding cities that defund the police.[xii] Edwards opposed a North Carolina medical marijuana bill, arguing, “this is going to lead to more alcohol abuse, more drug abuse.”[xiii] His campaign was endorsed by numerous law enforcement officials and organizations.[xiv]
GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONS & ELECTION SECURITY:
Edwards has said he’s been fighting for voter identification “his entire career” in the state senate, which he argues would be a “giant step in the right direction” to secure election integrity. He has echoed Trump’s praise of North Carolina for “giving him a good, clean election,” adding, “we are free of fraud and free of some trickery.”[xv]
As a state senator, Edwards has advocated for “more school choice and more transparency by school boards.” He opposes forcing mandates, school closures, and teaching “radical” Critical Race Theory.[xvi] He has called student debt forgiveness “another inflation-causing attempt to save an election for the very liberals who have wrecked our economy.”[xvii]
CLIMATE CHANGE, ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT:
Edwards argues that Congress should enact Trump-supported policies to promote energy independence. He opposes the Green New Deal, which he called a “liberal energy and climate” experiment. Edwards has also criticized policy decisions by Biden, including shutting down construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, banning the exploration of oil and gas in the Arctic, and the banning of oil and gas leasing on federal lands.[xviii]
Edwards is a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment, is a member of the NRA, and is endorsed by the NRA.[xix] [xx] [xxi] He is federally licensed firearms dealer and has said he will “oppose any attempts by states” to infringe on the Second Amendment.[xxii] [xxiii]
Edwards argues that Congress needs to be “tough on China,” adding that he will “get tough on Biden and China, and force China” to uphold the trade deal it previously made with Trump.[xxiv]
[i] Aaron Navarro, “Madison Cawthorn, Trump-backed incumbent congressman, loses primary,” CBS News, May 17, 2022, available at https://www.cbsnews.com/news/madison-cawthorn-loses-primary-north-carolina-11th-district/.
[ii] “Incoming Rep. Chuck Edwards,” LegiStorm, accessed October 6, 2022, available at https://www.legistorm.com/person/bio/258012/Charles_Marion_Edwards.html.
[iv] “Incoming Rep. Chuck Edwards,” LegiStorm, accessed October 6, 2022, available at https://www.legistorm.com/person/bio/258012/Charles_Marion_Edwards.html.
[v] “Fighting the Status Quo,” Chuck Edwards for Congress, accessed October 6, 2022, available at https://www.chuckedwardsforcongress.com/fighting-the-status-quo.
[vi] “Pro Life,” Chuck Edwards for Congress, accessed October 6, 2022, available at https://www.chuckedwardsforcongress.com/fighting-the-status-quo/pro-life-values.
[vii] “Balance The Budget,” Chuck Edwards for Congress, accessed October 6, 2022, available at https://www.chuckedwardsforcongress.com/fighting-the-status-quo/balance-the-budget.
[viii] Vicki Hyatt, “Edwards will campaign on governing experience in quest for 11th,” The Mountaineer, May 24, 2022, available at https://www.themountaineer.com/news/edwards-will-campaign-on-governing-experience-in-quest-for-11th/article_3b68c96a-d71c-11ec-bd50-d33a6d2df0ef.html.
[ix] “North Carolina Small Businesses Endorse Chuck Edwards,” National Federation of Independent Business Press Release, September 20, 2022, available at https://www.nfib.com/content/news/elections/north-carolina-small-businesses-endorse-chuck-edwards/.
[x] “Edwards explains why he changed his mind on Medicaid expansion,” Hendersonville Lightning, June 5, 2022, available at https://www.hendersonvillelightning.com/four-seasons-politics/11663-edwards-explains-why-he-changed-his-mind-on-medicaid-expansion.html.
[xi] “A Secure Border,” Chuck Edwards for Congress, accessed October 6, 2022, available at https://www.chuckedwardsforcongress.com/fighting-the-status-quo/secure-the-border.
[xii] “Edwards would defund cities that defund police,” Hendersonville Lightning, September 23, 2020, available at https://www.hendersonvillelightning.com/four-seasons-politics/9637-edwards-would-defund-cities-that-defund-police.html.
[xiii] Kristen Aguirre, “Some skeptical as medical marijuana bill passes North Carolina senate,” ABC 13 News, June 2, 2022, available at https://wlos.com/news/local/medical-marijuana-bill-passes-north-carolina-senate-compassionate-care-act-republican-senator-chuck-edwards-legalize-nicolette-baglio.
[xiv] “Law Enforcement for Chuck,” Chuck Edwards for Congress, accessed October 7, 2022, available at https://www.chuckedwardsforcongress.com/supporters/law-enforcement-for-chuck.
[xv] Vicki Hyatt, “Edwards will campaign on governing experience in quest for 11th,” The Mountaineer, May 24, 2022, available at https://www.themountaineer.com/news/edwards-will-campaign-on-governing-experience-in-quest-for-11th/article_3b68c96a-d71c-11ec-bd50-d33a6d2df0ef.html.
[xvi] “Education and Empowering Parents,” Chuck Edwards for Congress, October 6, 2022, available at https://www.chuckedwardsforcongress.com/fighting-the-status-quo/empower-parents-and-improve-education.
[xvii] Joel Burgess, “NC Sen. Chuck Edwards, with tax break on $1M PPP loan, opposes student loan tax breaks,” Citizen Times, September 20, 2022, available at https://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/2022/09/20/student-loan-tax-break-edwards-got-tax-break-on-ppp/69504042007/.
[xviii] “Energy Independence,” Chuck Edwards for Congress, accessed October 6, 2022, available at https://www.chuckedwardsforcongress.com/fighting-the-status-quo/energy-independence.
[xix] “Strong on Law and Order,” Chuck Edwards for Congress, accessed October 7, 2022, available at https://www.chuckedwardsforcongress.com/law-and-order.
[xx] “Incoming Rep. Chuck Edwards,” LegiStorm, accessed October 6, 2022, available at https://www.legistorm.com/person/bio/258012/Charles_Marion_Edwards.html.
[xxii] Chuck Edwards Twitter, April 19, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/ChuckEdwards4NC/status/1516511926003634183.
[xxiii] Chuck Edwards Twitter, February 8, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/ChuckEdwards4NC/status/1491137292127412232.
[xxiv] Chuck Edwards Twitter, February 16, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/ChuckEdwards4NC/status/1494054093932879877.