Shelton Stallworthy challenges Amber Baker


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Amber Baker first won election to this seat in 2020, and now she faces a challenge from a political newcomer, Republican Shelton Stallworthy.”Now, with one term under my belt, there’s still so much more for me to learn and advocate for and fight for,” Baker said. Stallworthy didn’t respond to WXII’s interview requests, but her website said she decided to run when looking for child care centers and realized many were requiring toddlers to wear masks. Stallworthy said there has been an assault on individual freedoms in recent years, again citing mask-wearing and vaccination requirements. Though she disagrees with Stallworthy on the issues, incumbent Baker said it’s encouraging to know that, no matter who wins, this seat will continue to be represented by a woman.”Women lead differently than men. Not better, not worse. I think we tend to be more analytical, but we try to do it from a sense of compassion,” she said.Baker said she’s noticed more and more minors becoming involved in crime and thinks more needs to be done to give young people better outlets in their free time.”I believe some of what we’re dealing with in our city with the crime and violence is due to young people not having a sense of connectedness and a sense of purpose and value,” she said.Baker said she does not like the phrase ‘defund the police,’ and said she wants to work to help hire more deputies and officers, making sure all law enforcement is better trained.”We’ve got to make sure we fund them and make sure the proper training is in place to restore the confidence of the public because it’s the only way we’re going to take our city back and take it from being good to great,” Baker said.She also hopes the General Assembly can work together to address abortion rights.”A woman’s right to make decisions about their health care, in consult with their mates, husbands, doctors is something we have to protect at all cost,” Baker said.This 72nd district house seat is widely considered to be safely blue, but Baker said she isn’t taking the seat for granted. “So I have to fight and run and earn the right every term to come back. So, I’m working just as hard this second time, even though people said it would be easier. It’s not,” she said.Baker won this seat in 2020 with over 71% of the vote. One-on-one with Democrat Amber BakerIMPORTANT DATES Nov. 5: One-stop, in-person early voting period ends at 3 p.m. Nov. 8: Election Day and civilian absentee ballot return deadline.HOW TO GET ELECTION RESULTSYou can get the latest election results by downloading the WXII 12 app. You can also get the latest updates at WXII 12.>> Download the FREE WXII 12 appWXII 12 News is committed to providing fair and balanced coverage of the 2022 general elections in North Carolina. Stay up to date with the latest on local, state, and national political headlines by clicking here.

Amber Baker first won election to this seat in 2020, and now she faces a challenge from a political newcomer, Republican Shelton Stallworthy.

“Now, with one term under my belt, there’s still so much more for me to learn and advocate for and fight for,” Baker said.

Stallworthy didn’t respond to WXII’s interview requests, but her website said she decided to run when looking for child care centers and realized many were requiring toddlers to wear masks.

Stallworthy said there has been an assault on individual freedoms in recent years, again citing mask-wearing and vaccination requirements.

Though she disagrees with Stallworthy on the issues, incumbent Baker said it’s encouraging to know that, no matter who wins, this seat will continue to be represented by a woman.

“Women lead differently than men. Not better, not worse. I think we tend to be more analytical, but we try to do it from a sense of compassion,” she said.

Baker said she’s noticed more and more minors becoming involved in crime and thinks more needs to be done to give young people better outlets in their free time.

“I believe some of what we’re dealing with in our city with the crime and violence is due to young people not having a sense of connectedness and a sense of purpose and value,” she said.

Baker said she does not like the phrase ‘defund the police,’ and said she wants to work to help hire more deputies and officers, making sure all law enforcement is better trained.

“We’ve got to make sure we fund them and make sure the proper training is in place to restore the confidence of the public because it’s the only way we’re going to take our city back and take it from being good to great,” Baker said.

She also hopes the General Assembly can work together to address abortion rights.

“A woman’s right to make decisions about their health care, in consult with their mates, husbands, doctors is something we have to protect at all cost,” Baker said.

This 72nd district house seat is widely considered to be safely blue, but Baker said she isn’t taking the seat for granted.

“So I have to fight and run and earn the right every term to come back. So, I’m working just as hard this second time, even though people said it would be easier. It’s not,” she said.

Baker won this seat in 2020 with over 71% of the vote.

One-on-one with Democrat Amber Baker

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Nov. 5: One-stop, in-person early voting period ends at 3 p.m.
  • Nov. 8: Election Day and civilian absentee ballot return deadline.

HOW TO GET ELECTION RESULTS

You can get the latest election results by downloading the WXII 12 app. You can also get the latest updates at WXII 12.

>> Download the FREE WXII 12 app

WXII 12 News is committed to providing fair and balanced coverage of the 2022 general elections in North Carolina. Stay up to date with the latest on local, state, and national political headlines by clicking here.


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