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Catlin Challenger Jordan Identifies Film as Signature Issue

Betsy Jordan / Rick Catlin
Betsy Jordan (left), Rep. Rick Catlin (right)

Betsy Jordan, who is Rick Catlin’s Democratic opponent for the North Carolina House of Representatives, has already identified her signature issue: film. WHQR’s Isabelle Shepherd reports.

District 20’s Republican incumbent, Rick Catlin, has voted to convert the film tax rebate to a grant program. But his challenger, Betsy Jordan, says this isn’t enough to keep North Carolina competitive in the film industry.

“They’re voting for something that they say is an incentive, but it is a grant. And that grant will not go very far. In fact, it is a gesture, and it is a Band-Aid solution to say, ‘We did something. So don’t be mad at me because I did something.’”

Jordan is pulling from her twelve years of service on the Governor’s Film Council to organize what she calls an Advisory ‘Round Table’ of film veterans. The group, she says, will make recommendations to the legislature.

Representative Catlin says the primary challenge is to first fund teacher pay increases and protect the jobs of teaching assistants.