GOP challengers believe Democrats are vulnerable in House District 89.
Republicans say that a Democratic tax-and-spend policy that pervades government from the White House to the statehouse gives them a shot at unseating two veteran Democrats in state House District 89.
``The perception is that tax-and-spend is the Democrats' philosophy at all levels of government,' says Robert Moores, Guilford County commissioner and one of five Republicans vying for the chance to topple incumbent Democrats Mary Jarrell and Maggie Jeffus.Jarrell has served four terms in the legislature; Jeffus two.
The five GOP hopefuls - Moores, John A. Cocklereece, James A. Craver, Dean ``Doc' Gillenwater and Joanne Sharpe - will battle in the May 3rd Republican primary for the party's two nominations in District 89.
The district stretches from central High Point to northeast Greensboro.
Cocklereece, a self-employed insurance executive, says his extensive experience in sales will enable him to represent the district well. ``Politics is essentially selling ideas,' said Cocklereece, who is 70.
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Cocklereece, former Guilford GOP chairman, lost his bid in 1992 for a House District 89 seat.
Cocklereece says his insurance background would help him tackle one of the biggest issues facing the state, as well as the federal government - health-reform. ``I know we can work out a plan without starting all over.'
Another major problem is welfare reform, Cocklereece said.
``We have to tighten our system. If we don't, people will stream in from states that have reformed their programs - and we won't have the money to take care of them.'
Cocklereece says he also wants to stem government growth. ``If we can do that, we just might reduce some taxes,' he said.
Craver, 29 and single, is a first-time candidate.
He plans no political career, he says, and would push for legislation limiting the number of terms one could serve in the General Assembly.
``I have a career,' he said.
Carver and his father own Fabric Selections, a chain of retail fabric stores based in Pleasant Garden.
Craver says he's running because it's his duty.
``I would be an advocate for teachers, children and crime victims,' he said.
``So far as crime is concerned, I wouldn't give a criminal three strikes. Just two. Victims certainly don't get another chance.'
Gillenwater, 43, a bridge inspector for the state Department of Transportation, is making his second try for a District 89 seat. He lost in 1992.
Gillenwater says he's running because he's frustrated.
``I see so many things going wrong. I feel like I have to do something.' Crime is one of the major wrongs, Gillenwater said. ``It should be one strike and you're out.
``Most criminals don't change,' said Gillenwater, who says he used to work as a volunteer undercover informant for several law enforcement narcotics agencies.
``We don't need more prisons. We need tougher prisons.'
Gillenwater says he would work to eliminate what he says is the terrible amount of waste in state government.
The waste in DOT is incredible, he said.
Gillenwater also is calling for an end to busing to achieve school integration, higher teacher pay and stiffer teacher certification requirements.
Moores, who ran unsuccessfully for the state House in 1990, was elected to a four-year term on the Guilford board of commissioners in 1992.
He does not have to resign his seat in order to run for the state House. He would have to resign if he should win.
Moores, 55, is a retired New York City policeman.
He says he's running because he's sick of ``liberals who think money can fix everything.'
Moores acknowledges that he has an uphill battle.
He was charged with drunk driving in March.
His trial is scheduled for May 31.
Sharpe, long a Republican Party activist, says her first priority is children.
She wants to prevent their neglect and abuse.
The economy is and will continue to be a major concern, Sharpe said. ``I am very concerned that many people have to work two jobs just to get along. Crime, the economy, child abuse. They are interrelated.'
Sharpe, the mother of three grown sons, is a design consultant and producer of self-help workshops.
She is active with Habitat for Humanity and the Coalition on Infant Mortality.
She has served on Greensboro's Human Services Advisory Council, the Governor's Commission on Child Victimization, and the Governor's Commission on Children and Youth.
____________________________________________________________________________\ GUILFORD PRECINCTS IN HOUSE 89
State House District 89 covers 42 precincts in Greensboro and High Point: Friendship 2, Greensboro 1A, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14A, 14B, 15, 16A, 16B, 17, 18, 22A, 22B, 23, 24A, 24B1, 24B2, 24C, 25, 26A, 26B, 28, 31, 33A, 33B, 35B, 35C, 36A, 36B, 37B, 38, 43, High Point 1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 17A, 17B, 19. The voting sites are:\
GREENSBORO:\ Hickory Grove United Methodist Church\ Rankin Elementary School\ Lawndale Baptist Church\ GTCC - Greensboro campus\ Irving Park Elementary School\ Grimsley High School\ UNCG - Aycock Auditorium\ UNCG - Elliott University Center\ Peck Elementary School\ Lindley Elementary School\ St. Andrews Episcopal Church\ Lindley Recreation Center\ Glenwood Community Center\ EMS training room\ Cedar Grove Baptist Church\ Hunter Elementary School\ Trotter Recreation Center\ Smith High School\ Pinecroft Baptist Church\ Adams Farm Clubhouse\ Foust Elementary School\ Archer Elementary School\ Allen Middle School\ Page High School\ Kiser Middle School\ Fire Station No. 14\ Craft Recreation Center\ Mendenhall Middle School\ Jesse Wharton Elementary School\ Alderman Elementary School\ Christ Fellowship Friends Church\ Muirs Chapel United Methodist Church\ Western Guilford High School\ Raleighs Cross Roads United Methodist Church\
HIGH POINT\ High Point Friends Meeting\ Ferndale Middle School\ Kirkman Park School\ Johnson Street School\ Hayworth Memorial Wesleyan Church\ Welborn Middle School\ Christ Community Church\ Presbyterian Home