Richard Rivette

Richard Rivette

Richard is the North Carolina State Senate candidate for District 38 comprising the West side of Mecklenburg County, north area below Huntersville but above Uptown, and the University area of the city. His desire is to bring more viable companies to North Carolina, increase job opportunities, job training, and expand school choice by fully funding all education venues.

Perhaps you've got good ideas on how we can create jobs and improve the quality of life for people who live here. Even if it's something as small as that pothole on the side of the road which was never fixed, I want to know about what's important to you. We need to hear from you today so that we can get to work and get started on the path to fixing the problems that we face. We need a way to fix our problems and the things that affect us with our Charlotte ingenuity.

We've got a plan to create jobs, support small business, make Charlotte a safer place to live, and restore the basic civil rights that we are guaranteed under the law. We want to ensure that Charlotte is the city which we will be proud of ten years from now without the current wave of corruption destroying confidence in our officials.

In order to win, we will need your support at every step of the way. If you're excited about seeing a fresh face in politics, donate today. While the best things in life are free, winning a political campaign isn't. We can't push for the types of reforms that our district badly needs in order to create jobs without winning a senate seat first. greet events.

Every little bit that you can spare helps to an individual with the much-needed pro-Charlotte campaign.

Richard Rivette proved he can work on a very small budget in the 2012 and 2014 elections. He gathered almost 20% of the vote yet was outspent 30-to-1! With a boost from you he can make every dollar count, just as he will when he is in office. He knows every tax dollar is your money, and should be treated with respect.

If Richard Rivette is elected, you will start to see the positive effects of his growth and jobs oriented policies in your own backyard. More can be done at the state level than the national level to do those things which will benefit local residents.

The best part about donating to our campaign is that it will help elect someone who cares about your needs. We're more than happy to listen to your concerns, so be sure to help Richard Rivette emerge from the campaign victoriously. Donate today for a brighter future tomorrow. Now, Let’s Get To Work!

Most North Carolinians are hard-working and responsible people.  They pay their taxes on time, show up at work each day, and don't have anything to hide.  However, the Constitution of the United States was written as a restraint on government.  Strict privacy laws were developed to ensure that our most private affairs remained so, and that citizens of the United States could trust their government.

As many Americans have discovered, the federal government has unfortunately abused it's authority by wiretapping US citizens and creating laws which circumvent due process.  The US government simply is not allowed to intervene in the affairs of private citizens if it does not have the permission to do so. 

Richard Rivette has had enough, and he plans to send a message to the federal government that it's intrusiveness is no longer allowed. 

In doing so, he will take the following actions:

  • Follow the example of Maryland and forbid the NSA and federal government from using state resources to spy on NC citizens.  This will keep the NSA from establishing a foothold in Charlotte or anywhere in NC and keep them from using utilities, public and private records, communication networks or any other resources.
  • Have any federal agent whom acts outside of NC and US constitutional authority arrested and tried in NC's court system.  
  • Lead a full investigation into the actions of the NSA and the federal government within the state of NC and prosecute any individuals whom are guilty of illegally spying on NC citizens.

Under NC's constitution, the federal government does not have the right to gather information without a search warrant.  It's time that we enforce our laws, and encourage other states to do the same before it's too late.

Voting Legislation

Richard Rivette also believes in the idea of equality before the law, and equality of opportunity.  He opposes any new legislation which would place unreasonable restrictions on ballot access. A fundamental component of democracy is ensuring that each citizen's voice is heard. Part of this is ensuring that everyone whom is legally able to vote is able to do so. Richard Rivette firmly believes that all necessary measures should be taken in order to ensure that individuals – regardless of age, race, and socioeconomic status - will comply with the laws. He firmly believes that no party should be able to exploit the voter system for a possible electoral benefit.

Because Richard Rivette believes that everyone should vote and denying individuals of this right is a serious offense, he will strongly OPPOSE any expansion of the law which will prevent low-income individuals or anyone from voting.   Additionally, he will do everything in his power to ensure that the process of complying with the new law is as trouble-free as possible.  Like you, he wants to protect the right of all individuals to have a voice in the political discussion – not individuals of a specific political affiliation. 

To that end he reiterates his proposal from 2012 to have the state fund technicians to go to the home if necessary of any disabled, elderly or challenged person, with a simple card printer to photograph the person and create their ID in minutes on the spot. We can do this for every other industry, why not our citizens? Anyone unable to pay the minimal cost due to low income should be provided with no cost ID.

"Once you start down a path of accepting indulgences and gifts from those most likely to benefit from the power you obtain in public service, you can never go back.”

One of the main reasons for the average person like me to serve in public office today is simple. We need more individuals willing to do the hard work without reaping enormous rewards. Public office, I don’t believe, was ever meant to be a career, or a place to earn a fortune. But that is what it has become.

Worse, we seem less affected by the news everyday of another politician caught stealing from us. I too, had hope that our local mayor of Charlotte was NOT involved in corrupt activities but the evidence is overwhelming. What can we do but continue? I do wish that his party would own up to what he did and stop trying to blame someone else for his taking large sums of cash from undercover agents. Of course pray for them, but realize he had everything he needed, yet still succumbed to greed.

In Pennsylvania recently, the state Attorney General, a Democrat also, let drop several cases against high-ranking officials, also all Democrats. They claimed the cases were biased. That only Democrats were being prosecuted. It turns out that Republicans in the state legislature were also offered the same bribes, but every Republican turned them down. Yet every Democrat took them! What does this say about a party that insists on transparency?

In Charlotte, and North Carolina, we have seen a parade of scandals from Jim Black, Mike Easley, Patrick Cannon and many others who are ALL Democrats, yet we won’t state the obvious. If you don’t want to get caught being CORRUPT, don’t take the money! Your public office is not a carnival game where people throw money at you and you pocket it.

I have serious reservations about my opponent, Senator Joel Ford, and so should voters. He had very close connections to everyone involved in the corruption indictment. He, in fact, took campaign money from Patrick Cannon, and he cannot claim complete innocence of what transpires inside the Democratic party because during the time this corruption took place, Joel Ford was the chairman of the local Mecklenburg Democratic party for years! Even if he was not complicit in setting up transactions, taking money, or facilitating bribes, he must have had some knowledge something was wrong. But he said nothing. He still will only mouth condolences for the family. Senator Ford needed to step up and come clean. He refused to answer any questions, and never met to debate me, not even once in 2014.

I look forward to debating the Democratic primary winner and meeting in open forums over the next months so voters can question us and see who has the ability to lead for themselves.

I am the PROCharlotte, PROnc candidate with a plan to help us expand growth and opportunity for all.

For the voter who reads this, please understand, we moved here together to start a family, build a business, advance in our education, contribute to local charitable efforts, found a scout troop, and become enmeshed with Charlotte, because we fell in love with North Carolina many years ago. We love the people, the places, and the opportunities. Someone should run for office when they are entwined with their city, their state, and that is why I think it is important to develop jobs, training, and improve education in this area – because we love Charlotte, and we call it home.

Vote for the PROjobs candidate. Richard Rivette has a history of creating JOBs with new and existing companies. By concentrating on the redevelopment of our district (the west and north light industrial areas of Mecklenburg county), the state tax code and the education system, including both public schools and higher ed, we can build what we need to succeed and lift many of our families out of this recession.

As the PROcharlotte candidate Richard Rivette will propose citizen committees to help us plan extensive new development of the Charlotte metro region, but especially focus on his district, which has been greatly affected by the recession, unemployment, hour reductions and the departure of decent wage jobs. "Our focus must be on attracting new ventures and employing our local Charlotte neighbors."

"We MUST target the TWO top priorities for companies looking to grow in North Carolina, so they can create MORE jobs."

While government doesn't create jobs, it can lay the foundation for the firms that do. We need to continue to reduce the complexity and burden of our entire tax structure, which is why Richard Rivette supports the FAIR TAX or a much simpler alternative to our entire tax code. And we MUST improve schools and job training opportunities.

With his advice, learn how we can accomplish our goals for Charlotte and North Carolina!

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One can decide to regress or move ahead. I choose to progress, but without a valid direction, support and guidance from experienced leadership like mine, we risk more bureaucracy and less freedom in our daily lives.
- Richard Rivette