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Senate campaign: Marjorie Eastman hopes to address security, economy, education

Marjorie Eastman wasn’t going to wait for an invitation to this year’s US Senate primary. The self-proclaimed “party breaker” said if elected she would bring a fresh perspective to the position as both a woman and a veteran.

“There’s a lot of value in sending someone who comes from different backgrounds, from a different perspective, and really brings home our core values,” Eastman said.

Eastman is one of 14 Republican candidates vying for a North Carolina Senate seat. She lives in Cary and is an author, entrepreneur and military spouse. The statewide primary election will be held on May 17. Registered voters in North Carolina can vote by mail, in person, or on Election Day.

The three issues Eastman is most concerned about heading into the primary come from what she’s heard from people in North Carolina. Safety, the economy and education are all that Eastman says is at stake right now, and she said they are all intertwined.

Eastman has experienced the problem of security firsthand. She enlisted in the US Army Reserve after 9/11. His 10 years of military service included two combat tours, one in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and the other in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. She said the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan prompted her to run.

“The decisions our politicians make impact not just us here at home, but every aspect of our lives in our country,” Eastman said. “I just got to this point where we won’t get different results if we don’t send different people.”

Eastman said national security is tied to inflation, and students should pay attention to both issues when entering the workforce.

“How much more they pay for everything impacts them as an entry-level position in college far more than someone who’s more established in life who can absorb those price increases because they’ve established more wealth or savings,” Eastman said.

In terms of economic growth, Eastman also wants to empower small business owners and entrepreneurs, expand housing for childcare and maternity leave, and create more clean energy jobs.

As a parent, restoring the quality of education is a personal matter for Eastman, and she also wants to improve the civic literacy program.

“We need to help our kids get their momentum back,” Eastman said. “Any nation that overeducates us is going to outperform our economy.”

Eastman is also passionate about term limits. She signed the US Term Limits Congressional Pledge in October 2021 and wants to send people “brave enough to fix the system” to Washington DC.

Eastman also wants voters to consider both the prospect and who they send to office when they vote in May.

“We have so many people in our country, so many North Carolinians, who really want someone who does the work and solves the problems,” Eastman said. “Not going there to have a tantrum on Twitter, or anything like that of being a social media star, but actually has depth, is serious, thoughtful, compassionate, and firm, and wants to do the work and maybe do some boring politics again.

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