was a 2014 Democratic
candidate seeking election to the U.S. Senate
from North Carolina
Stewart lost in the Democratic primary to incumbent Kay Hagan
Stewart listed the following themes on his campaign website:
- Campaign finance reform: "If there ever was an issue that all Americans can agree on, it is campaign finance reform. Since the disastrous Citizens United decision by the United States Supreme Court, corporations have flooded campaigns with literally millions of dollars. I believe it’s time to drive corporate money out of politics for good. No more politics as usual. It’s time to bring solutions to the number of problems that face this country. Corporate funding to our nations [sic] leaders is exactly what stands in the way. Americans want their elected officials to put them back at the center of policy making. They deserve to have their voice heard. North Carolinians are tired of being put last. It’s time to review our legislation and ensure that it reflects the collective will of the people."
- Veterans and military: "Taking care of our military personnel both active and retired should be a primary issue. Everyone in the military has earned the best treatment for dedicating their lives to our country. Too many veterans come back from arduous tours of duty, scarred for life, without the resources needed to reintegrate with society and the workforce. Too many of these brave patriots are falling through the cracks. Bureaucratic red tape often leaves veterans with no hope. This needs to change and I want to change it."
- Foreign policy: "I think the best foreign policy is understanding, through communication. Dialogue is the only path to peace, and mutual prosperity. Our foreign policy should always begin with diplomacy. Sanctions, military force, and subversion through financial, and political influence should never be used. The current foreign policy of military intervention and aggression is deeply flawed. As senator I will do everything I can to initiate an immediate withdraw of our troops from all remaining theaters of war. Furthermore, I will pursue the closing of GITMO and all military bases not within our own borders."
- Privacy: "Privacy in this day and age is practically non-existent. Increasingly, the federal government is showing it’s [sic] darker side. In coordination with major communications providers, new mobile technology, and cloud computing, they are now in control of millions of American’s private communications records. That includes internet search history, emails, phone numbers, pictures, and much more. Almost every aspect of American life is now being encroached, and monitored by government spying. Will believes this has gone way too far. It’s time to say no!"
- Agriculture: "If our farmers work hard for us, we must work hard to make sure their farms are running smoothly. This means reforming bureaucracy that stands in the way of progress, and expanding programs that help our farmers continue producing vital resources for Americans. Supporting our farmers is essential to continued economic growth. That’s why Will wants to pursue legislation that will allow our farmers to produce America’s number one cash crop; marijuana. An estimated $35.8 billion dollars a year is generated by the cultivation of cannabis. Currently the industry goes largely unregulated, and has potential for adding jobs. Let’s stimulate further economic activity. Adding Cannabis to North Carolina’s list of commodities will put our economy at the forefront of any cannabis boom."
- Immigration: "Comprehensive immmigration reform is desperately needed. It is an issue that has serious economic consequences, if it continues to go unaddressed. Eleven million immigrants are currently working in the United States without the benefits of citizenship. This means the government is missing out on millions of tax dollars it would otherwise be collecting from immigrant employees. This is undoubtedly hurting the American economy. Furthermore, In 2012, immigration enforcement cost American tax payers $18 billion. We can, and should, reduce these costs by reforming laws that complicate the process of becoming a citizen."
- Cannabis reform: "The United States government has spent almost 1 trillion dollars criminalizing marijuana unsuccessfully. The people have been very clear, they are going to continue using cannabis regardless of the criminal standing. People recognize marijuana for what it is: a plant, a medicine, and a crop with amazing potential of helping the economy. The government’s efforts are simply not discouraging people from using cannabis, its [sic] only wasting tax payer dollars. The most logical decision is very clear, marijuana should be legalized. At minimum, it should be decriminalized. The government should regard marijuana for what it is and cease the oppression of users."
- Education: "Our teachers are North Carolina’s greatest asset, and they are currently underpaid, with little to no help from state or federal legislators. I look forward to bringing solutions to this ongoing problem. Our teachers deserve pay commensurate with experience, and the national average."
- Jobs: "We need to work with banks to reform lending practices, to include , and enable aspiring entrepreneurs, artists, and inventors. It’s time to work with our aspiring leaders, and allow them to achieve their goals. It’s a win-win situation. Enabling our future leaders enables economic growth. Like most Americans, I would like to see less stringent requirements on getting credit, to start a business venture. We also need better financial protection of our current business owners. When banks cause market instability, our small business owners should be protected. They should never have to foot the bill for mistakes Wall Street makes."
- Healthcare: "All Americans want to have affordable, meaningful health insurance. I don’t think that a good bill would require anyone to be forced to switch plans, especially if they like their current healthcare plan. I believe that the recent failures while implementing ACA are a result of a rushed effort. Americans need their policies to be well written, with a complete plan to implement, and oversee any program that might result."
—Will Stewart, https://web.archive.org/web/2/https://www.willcstewart.com/issues/
- See also: United States Senate elections in North Carolina, 2014
Stewart ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. Senate, to represent North Carolina. Stewart sought the Democratic nomination in the primary on May 6, 2014, but was defeated by incumbent Kay Hagan.
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