Wesley Meredith

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Wesley Meredith
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North Carolina State Senate District 19
Incumbent
In office
January 26, 2011 - Present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$13,951/year
Per diem$104/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Personal
Place of birthTupelo, Mississippi
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Wesley Meredith is a Republican member of the North Carolina State Senate, representing District 19. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Biography

Meredith has operated a landscaping business, Cardinal Landscaping, since retiring from military service. He served in the United States Army and reached the rank of Sergeant. Meredith became a member of the Fayetteville City Council in 2005.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Meredith served on the following committees:

North Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations on Department of Transportation
Commerce
Finance
Insurance
Rules and Operations of the Senate
Transportation

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Meredith served on these committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Meredith's website highlights the following issues:[2]

  • Jobs
Excerpt: "We must create an environment that encourages business growth, and restores our job market. I understand that the best way to achieve this is to lower taxes, reduce the paralyzing government regulations, and let businesses compete in a free and fair market."
  • Taxes
Excerpt: "I have always voted against every tax increase, and will continue to do so. I firmly believe that our hardworking residents deserve to be able to keep more of what they earn."
  • Foolish Spending
Excerpt: "We have to stop this foolish spending, and do what every other North Carolinian has to do—live within our means."
  • Education
Excerpt: "We must fund our schools, give our teachers the resources they need to do their jobs, and give our children the opportunity to learn…bottom line."

Note: Meredith's campaign themes did not change from 2010.

No-New-Taxes Pledge

Nine of North Carolina’s 45 incoming freshman state legislators signed a pledge to "oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes." The pledge was in line with each of their campaign promises to fix the state’s fiscal hole without resorting to tax hikes. At the time they signed the pledge, North Carolina was looking at a budget deficit as high as $4 billion in 2011.

Meredith signed the pledge in November 2010.[3]

Elections

2014

See also: North Carolina State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of North Carolina State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 6, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 28, 2014. Incumbent Wesley Meredith was unopposed in the Republican primary, while William Richardson was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Meredith and Richardson will face off in the general election.[4][5]

2012

See also: North Carolina State Senate elections, 2012

Meredith ran unopposed in the Republican primary on May 8. He defeated George Tatum (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[6]

North Carolina State Senate, District 19, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngWesley Meredith Incumbent 53.9% 37,308
     Democratic George Tatum 46.1% 31,936
Total Votes 69,244

2010

See also: North Carolina State Senate elections, 2010

Meredith won election to the North Carolina State Senate in the November 2 general election. Meredith defeated incumbent Margaret Dickson (D).[7]

North Carolina Senate, General Election Results, District 19 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Wesley Meredith (R) 25,047 51.10%
Margaret Dickson (D) 23,964 48.90%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Meredith is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Meredith raised a total of $935,537 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 28, 2013.[8]

Wesley Meredith's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 North Carolina State Senate, District 19 Won $404,061
2010 North Carolina State Senate, District 19 Won $531,476
Grand Total Raised $935,537

2012

Meredith won re-election to the North Carolina State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Meredith raised a total of $404,061.
North Carolina State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Wesley Meredith's campaign in 2012
North Carolina Republican Party$220,940
Briggs III, Clarence$8,000
Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina$8,000
Nimocks III, David R$6,000
Southeastern Radiology Organization$6,000
Total Raised in 2012$404,061
Source:Follow the Money

Scorecards

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2013-2014

In 2013, the North Carolina General Assembly was in session from January 9 to July 26. In 2014, the North Carolina General Assembly will be in session from May 14 through a date to be determined by the legislature.

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on environment and conservation issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues and ideals.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key environmental issues.
  • Environment North Carolina: 2014 Legislative Scorecard
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on 20 bills picked by the organization that they consider the worst of the session.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills relating to pro-family and Biblical values.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills relating to animal welfare, sponsoring animal welfare bills, completing the NCVAW survey and responsiveness to animal advocates constituents.

2011–2012

In 2011, the North Carolina General Assembly was in session from January 26 to June 18. A special session dealing with redistricting began July 13 and ended July 28. In 2012, the North Carolina General Assembly was in session from May 16 to July 3.

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on environment and conservation issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on environment and conservation issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key environmental issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key environmental issues.

Personal

Meredith currently resides in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Margaret Dickson (D)
North Carolina State Senate District 19
2011-Present
Succeeded by
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