Those candidates include Don Davis, Charles Johnson, Chuck Stone
, Kathy A. Taft, Tony Moore and Ed Wilson.
Chuck Stone of Goldsboro has spent 25-30 years working in the public health arena.
He served on the State Health Plan's board from 1986-1992, and has worked with state legislators on a number of public health issues, such as decreasing costs.
Stone currently serves as director of the nonprofit North Carolinians for Affordable Health Care.
"I've seen the problems that our citizens are having with health care access and health insurance coverage, and certainly that is a major issue," he
Other issues that he wants tackle, both in Raleigh and District 5, include establishing a "competitive" compensation package for state employees and teachers, preparing students to work in a global economy, and reform a tax code he claims is skewed to favor large corporations over families and small businesses.
"I've sat through numerous budget hearings regarding state appropriations and taxes.
"It's been clear to me that the tax code, which was last revised during the Great Depression, need to be reformed to provide greater fairness to the taxpayers of the state."
explained that corporations paid 37 percent of the state's total tax revenue before the code was revised, and they now pay about 8 percent.
"Everyone who pays taxes should pay their fair share," he