Hey y’all, I am Alex Simpson. I was born and raised in Union County just outside of Matthews. I grew up with my mom and dad in the same house until I moved to Raleigh to start my degree at North Carolina State (GO PACK!).
I just graduated from North Carolina State with a degree in Political Science but, I began my journey into North Carolina politics when I turned 18. I voted in my first election and volunteered with local officials to help get out the vote in 2016. Then in 2018, I worked in the House of Representatives for congressman representing the coastal region of North Carolina. It was during my time there that I realized passion for environmental justice and healthcare reform.
These two issues hit especially close to home for me. In January, my grandfather died from complications from Parkinson’s disease. The health service provided for him at the assisted living center where he spent the last year of his life was unparalleled. Top-notch doctors and staff worked around the clock to make sure my Grandad was comfortable at all times. I noticed how hard everyone worked, one man worked two jobs. He worked double shifts through the weekend to support his two girls at home. It struck me how dedicated he was to all of his residents. Our healthcare system greatly undervalues its labor. CEO’s and Pharmaceutical executives take home six figure salaries and this man is spending entire weekends at an hourly wage to provide for his kids.
As a “twenty-something” I understand the consequence of climate change because its affect will directly impact my generation. We can expect by the time we are 50 to see 4 feet of sea level rise, an increase of the average temperature by one degree celsius and stronger, deadlier natural disasters. The only way we can solve the climate problem is with bold and decisive action. Clean energy solutions like solar and wind, electric vehicles, greener infrastructure plans, these are the things we have to do to keep the Earth safe for our kids and grandkids.
These two issues impact hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians every year and little has been done by our state to curtail the effects of climate change on our coast or to provide adequate health care in the rural communities of our state. I want to provide a space where people can come to find relevant and personable stories about the policies affecting North Carolina.
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