In what we hope is a regular feature this session, N.C. Policy Watch will try to talk with some of the newest members to offer a bit more insight on who they are and what they plan on doing this session in Raleigh. This will be an ongoing feature, with the goal of profiling all the new members. Haven’t been contacted for your profile yet? New legislators can contact reporter Sarah Ovaska at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Name: state Rep. Mark Brody, Republican
Occupation: general contractor
Lives in:Union County
Family: wife: Lisa; and three grown daughters
Hobbies: Enjoys reading, especially about the Constitution
Previous elected offices, if any: None.
Why’d you run for office?
“I just felt like the whole system was messed up. I wanted to do my part to try to improve it.”
What are the major challenges you’re anticipating in the legislature?
“Well, number one, I think is going to be jobs-related, and that’s going to take a couple of forms.North Carolinahad got to become competitive. We have to be prepared, which encompasses education and different types of educatin — education for jobs in the future.”
What is one specific issue that needs addressing?
Regulations and business development. Also, “I’m passionate about the Constitution. I believe theUnited stateshas driven so far from its Constitutional roots that the only solution to that problem is to try to correct that. The only method of that is through state government. As states, we have to start resisting the intrusion of federal government.”
How do you feel about:
Voter ID? Supports it.
Medicaid expansion? Not in favor. “Obamacare in general is a violation of our Constitution, regardless of what the Supreme Court does.”
North Carolina’s public schools: “Everybody knows we are really hurting for money. That’s a reality. To address education, we can do a better job….. Education is one of the key points of being successful. However, it doesn’t mean we spend money on anything and everything we want.”
Immigration: “The federal government needs to take responsibility. My solution, initially, is to say, ‘look if the federal government isn’t going to do anything about immigration but you’re going to requires us to provide the services, the federal government needs to pay for those services.’ Unfunded mandates, they are unconstitutional.
“Our Statue of Liberty says ‘send us your huddled masses.’ But as soon as they got off the boat atEllis Island, there was no welfare programs. You couldn’t walk into the hospital and get free health care. They were on their own and these people built themselves up.”
Corporate or personal income tax? In favor of elimination, if possible. “It would make us extremely competitive.”
What historical or other figures have influenced your politics? The Constitution’s authors. “We have a very ingenious document called the Constitution. But what we’re doing is seeing it being whittled away. We’re misinterpreting the very worlds they used because the meanings have changed.”
How do you describe your politics? Conservative Republican, believes government has gotten too big.