Richard Rivette

Richard Rivette

Richard is the North Carolina State House candidate for District 107 comprising the West side of Mecklenburg County around Northlake Mall, below Huntersville along Harris Blvd., and the Highland Creek/Prosperity Church area of the city where he has resided and raised a family over the past 15 years. It also includes neighborhoods along I-77 south to the I-85 interchange and a few along Beattie's Ford Road. 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.

CREATING SOMETHING FROM NOTHING

  • Grew up in rural area, with a single mother during the 1960s, helping raise a younger brother in less than ideal circumstances.
  • Studied to excel and gain scholarships during secondary school – winning awards for language, art, science, and lettering in debate.
  • Worked from age 13 as a janitor, dishwasher, later as a busboy and prep cook in restaurants his entire youth.
  • In high school founded the school newspaper and built a graphic arts shop for which he won an award from the Western Publishing Company.
  • Earned a Governor’s Art award and had his work on display in the state legislature.
  • Took charge of advertising sales to fund the class yearbook since the school had no funds during an austerity budget crisis.
  • Produced live entertainment to raise money to help fund the sports programs.
  • Worked to attend college in New York, studying marketing, communications, and advertising, while living in the South Bronx helping to care for his elderly blind grandmother – whose family immigrated legally to this country in 1905-1908.
  • Learned about issues facing disabled seniors at that time.
  • In Florida, he pursued a career in advertising, marketing and communications, first for smaller firms, then, securing a position with a national firm that had contracts with NASA and the Space Shuttle. Unfortunately, shortly after his arrival the company experienced 75% job losses due to executive mismanagement.
  • Using the layoff as a springboard, he launched his own company and began cultivating clients in the region, and ultimately throughout the United States and Caribbean.
  • When starting his first company, he had to finance equipment at 24% interest, so he understands where our current economy is headed, if we do not make haste in correcting the situation.
  • As a creative director, he also wrote and produced music for professional stage productions and served as technical director for over 120 regional shows over a five-year period.
  • Over the following 30-year period he served as a consultant over a wide range of marketing, research, planning and communications projects in two dozen industrial categories including manufacturing, financial, insurance, healthcare, environmental engineering, telecommunications, construction, real estate, travel & tourism, computer software, housewares, publishing, retail furniture, health products, appliances, apparel, food products and more.
  • In the early 1980s, at the beginning of the computer revolution, Richard Rivette became an evangelist supporting Apple and the proliferation of laser digital composition and document creation using the newly introduced Macintosh. He studied the adaptability and interface of the computers, mating them with the compositing systems to create a laser printer driver for a private printing company.
  • At this time, he added computer networking and software instruction to his repertoire working on the presentation for IBM as it introduced the first LAN.
  • He steadily gained a client list as he assisted small to medium size businesses to convert to the information age.
  • Among these business leaders, he found mentors. As he educated them on computers, networking and provided his creative talents to write, design and produce their materials, he gained an expanded education on business, industry, and the importance of capitalism by many people who grew something from nothing.
  • In the late 1980s, he began his education in environmental issues and regulations while working with clients involved in remediation of toxic waste and issues surrounding major pipelines.
  • During this time, he helped a large multi-national environmental engineering firm to secure a one hundred million dollar proposal. This spear-headed a life-long interest and concern for keeping our environment clean and balancing the needs of business with those of our ecosystems.

One of the best ways to get involved with our campaign is by volunteering. Volunteering gives you the opportunity to reach out to others in our community and play an important role in getting Richard Rivette elected. We need anyone and everyone to reach out to the local district for a win.

You can fill out the convenient CONTACT FORM on the CONTACT US page!

This will be a difficult election with all new district maps, so we are going to need a lot of people who can help reach others. Further, you get direct access to speak with Richard Rivette on any topic and stay engaged. Even if it's registering voters or helping out on the administrative side, we can use your expertise and knowledge. Some of the smallest actions will have a huge impact.

Our campaign could possibly be won by a few hundred votes, so we need to reach out to as many people as possible. The campaign will only be successful when we have a large audience behind it and pushing hard for a win.

We will be asking for those who can:

  • Host evening or daytime greeting sessions
  • Offer venues for fundraisers, inviting friends and others interested in donating
  • Contacting groups, churches and events where Richard Rivette can speak and directly meet voters
  • Staff phone banks to motivate voters to come vote for Richard Rivette
  • Walk neighborhoods to distribute signs to interested voters and hand out literature
  • Participate in major events around town distributing literature and finding voters in the district interested in supporting Richard Rivette
  • Working the early voting sites handing out literature in October
  • Working election day at every precinct in November

It is the volunteers who win local elections like this one. Without YOUR HELP, candidates cannot hope to compete against hose backed by special interest dollars. If you want to see candidates like Richard Rivette win with effort instead of lobbying dollars then please volunteer.

Contact us here if you would like to volunteer for the campaign. With more volunteers on board, we can have an effect on the local community that will gradually expand and expand until a point at which we reach nearly everyone. If you're enthusiastic about the ideas and policies that Richard Rivette wants to push for, then give an hour or two per week of your time. Many smaller actions will ultimately lead to a much bigger win, so jump on board with us today!

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.

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. You don't have to live in the district to donate. And you should realize that every NC House Representative affects the lives of 11 million North Carolinians, so help elect those who reflect your interests and values, even if they live elsewhere in the state.

Richard Rivette proved he can work on a very small budget in the 2012-2018 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!

ISSUES we ALL FACE:

1. FIX THE ROADS! To accommodate any more growth, the northeast Charlotte region needs Eastfield Road, Mallard Creek Road, and others widened so we don't have five mile backups every day. NOTE to DOT - I will be visiting you my first week in office to find out WHY the Mallard Creek Road/Sugar Creek Road, and Graham Street interchange has NEVER been finished after YEARS!

2. MAKE HEALTH INSURANCE AFFORDABLE! We CAN get dozens, if not a hundred, new companies operating in the state with basic catastrophic plans, with riders, and finally have health insurance everyone can afford. Forget government solutions. We need to pave the road so insurers can compete and we aren't left with just ONE or TWO companies. After 35 years working with insurance firms, hospitals, doctors and other providers I KNOW we can make that happen.

3. IMPROVE EDUCATION! How? I want to see teacher assistants in every class so smaller work groups (proven to be best for student performance) help our kids reach their goals. Teachers, assistants and others need to be paid more so we retain them. And let's get felons out of the classroom. We don't need that distraction. End all lobbying our school boards, and disallow former board members, principals, and superintendents from securing lucrative private sector jobs by supporting contracts while in office.

4. GROW NORTH CAROLINA! Read all about policies and ideas on my other web pages. We can surely imitate what has been done in other states to successfully transplant those firms which will provide not only good paying jobs, but also training opportunities for those without skills.

Vote for the PROjobs candidate. Richard Rivette has a history of creating JOBs with new and existing companies. By concentrating on the redevelopment of the Charlotte region, 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 poverty once and for all. We need those intermediate jobs which take unskilled workers, train them, and move them along towards higher paying skilled jobs, and management. If we do this right, we can attract many companies to locate in North Carolina.

As the PROcharlotte candidate Richard Rivette will propose citizen committees to help us manage the extensive new development of the Charlotte metro region, but especially focus on his district, which is still recovering from the last 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." Clean industry can be brought in with training opportunities so our youth have a defined career path. We must aggressively seek opportunities like the Toyota manufacturing facilities we lost to other states because our current legislators are too busy to be bothered promoting this region.

"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. Every family deserves SCHOOL CHOICE which is now receiving majority support across the nation. We must have a BALANCED BUDGET in NC. We also need to eliminate corruption and that starts with legislative TERM LIMITS, and LOBBYING BANS.

If we work together we can accomplish our goals for Charlotte and North Carolina!

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