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.

According to the latest article dated February 15, 2016, on the North Carolina State Senate district 38 race in the Charlotte Observer, my opponent, Senator Joel Ford is a big talker. He says he is “passionate” about small business growth, then cites nearly 8 year-old data from the US Census to support a contention that is no longer valid. Small business does provide some jobs now, but has been hit hard in North Carolina because of regulation, and a lack of industrial expansion. Those are typically lower paying jobs, and won’t address the fact that our area needs a great influx of career opportunities with light-duty industrial manufacturing.

My opponent speaks about creating jobs with good wages, yet offers no ideas on how to actually use the power of government to assist business. He is evidently clueless and his own business record supports that claim. Anyone can say that jobs are a good idea. Of course they are needed. Just how does he propose we get them? He has no idea.

Thank you and credit to the Charlotte Observer’s Karen Sullivan for the information about Ford’s string of business failures, foreclosure and judgements against him. It now makes sense why he continues to take tens of thousands of dollars in for his “campaign expenses” for a job that pays $14,000 per year. He has some substantial judgments against him.

For the record, I have never had a judgement against me, been foreclosed, or had a business fail. I also have never been late with a credit payment or mortgage in 35 years, nor do I have any criminal record whatsoever.

Here is the background on my opponent. Now, who should be helping to manage a $20 billion annual state budget?

And I quote, “Ford: His own small businesses included Premier Holdings Group and Ford Container Industries. Neither is active today, and the recession created a turbulent environment for those enterprises, Ford said.

A $90,000 judgment was awarded to Bank of America in 2007 against Ford and two partners at Premier Holdings Group, a search of public records shows. The judgment is listed as unpaid.

A $37,000 judgment was awarded to the city of Charlotte in 2007 against Ford Container Industries, a search of public records shows. According to a city letter to Ford, the city has recovered its money.

Ford said he faced a foreclosure in 2006 because of ‘business not generating enough income to cover those obligations.’ He said he has learned to be a better businessman because of his experiences in turbulent financial times.”

Senator Ford may have learned some valuable lesson about business by his string of disasters, but he still hasn’t paid his nearly ten-year old judgment. He has had every enterprise he worked at shutter their doors. He is currently listed as an "executive" with a firm that apparently does no business anywhere. All these failures should be a red flag that he is not fit to be your Senator.

This year, cross the line. The 56% African-American voters, most all of whom comprise the 63% Democrats of this district, according to the paper, need to think about their choices and vote for the more qualified candidate. Senator Ford has proven his inability to get anything done in the legislature, while raking in campaign cash. This does not help our district. It does not provide jobs. It only helps Mr. Ford. It is time for a change.

This year, let’s put Charlotte back to work. VOTE RIVETTE for NC State Senate 38.

They interviewed me and it only took four years to get around to it.

They had me answer some vague questions. I insisted I respond in writing so there was no mistake in translation. Then they had me call to "review" the writing and took "notes". They did confirm they were able to determine I have no criminal record, but also told me that others running for office DO have criminal records. Very interesting.

 Thanks to Karen Sullivan who took the time to seek me out and write a story.

UPDATE*** Feb. 15, 2016 -  I received this note:

Mr. Rivette,

I wanted to let you know that the editors here have decided to hold the comments you gave me until we begin our coverage of the general election. For the primary, we will focus on the contested races. So I'll be in touch down the road. Thank you for your help with the story.


I am curious to see how the article turns out since this is what I supplied them with for source material:

1. The challenger: 

I am a seasoned business professional who has always taken an interest and charitably served his community in a quiet manner for the past 35 years. My background includes working in marketing, product development, manufacture promotion, and related fields.

Having climbed out of poverty to create more than one business in my lifetime, I have been blessed by others. Consequently, I try to reach out and help those around me. I view my candidacy as a way of helping many families in this state and helping my nation through positive economic growth. 

As a Senator you gain a pulpit through which you can formulate legislation and methods which support economic development. You can also remove some of the many impediments to building new ventures. I take the responsibility of working for our nearly ten million North Carolina residents very seriously, and will devote myself to gathering other like-minded community members to conceive, plan and assist in the goal of growing the Charlotte region job base.

2. Candidate at-a-glance:

Age: 55

Education: Advertising/Marketing, Constitutional and Criminal Law, various Computer Coding courses – School of Visual Arts, Broward College and Gaston Community College

Professional experience: Over 35 years in business and product development working with companies ranging from start-ups to conglomerates in two dozen industrial categories. I have been a consultant and owner, and continue to work with individuals and firms seeking growth.

Political resume: I was the GOP nominee for this same seat in 2012 and 2014.

Family: Married, one child.


3. Why this race matters:

This district in Mecklenburg County is very diverse and contains the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and many wonderful upscale, and middle-class neighborhoods and shopping areas. It also is home to some of the most impoverished areas with the highest unemployment in the state and food deserts where you cannot walk to a grocery with decent prices and get what you need for your family. 

The jobs that are available, very often, are what most would consider “dead-end”, low-wage positions and heavy-labor jobs. None of what the previous Democratic legislatures (for over 135 years), or our current State Senator Ford, have done has had any positive impact on this district. In fact, we have been virtually ignored by our Senator. For 24 years now we had promises of great results, then nothing happened. This continues to this day. It is as if obtaining the position and voting in the legislature is enough. But it has not helped put food on our tables or stabilized our neighborhoods. 

I intend to change that. I will not sit down or just go along with the status quo, regardless of which party holds power. We have tens of thousands of desperate neighbors in our district. It is time we have someone capable of supporting the generation of real job opportunities, better education, improved infrastructure, and a brighter future. I will not stop working to target businesses to locate here. All other societal ills stem from a lack of opportunity, hope and desperation to survive. If we have the careers needed so entire families can advance, many of our problems would disappear. This is the key to our future. 

I am under no illusions. This district is weighted 85% in favor of my opponent. It is 67% African-American Democrat. So why should they trust some white Republican to help them? The easy answer is you have continuously elected those loyal to their party, loyal to the system, but you have never elected someone loyal to YOU. Your needs come first. 

I had no political name or background before the last two elections. I have run clean campaigns without taking money from special interests, so I could vote the way our citizens require, not because someone tells me to vote a certain way. My opponent took tens of thousands of dollars to date, for years, for a position that pays about $14,000 per year. He didn’t take those funds because he intended to help this district. He helped himself. If I do earn funding from any source they must understand I will not be selling votes. That must be clear. I find it odd that a Democrat who promised to do a good job for his district would instead vote 80% of the time with his opposition, often against the needs of this district. It is time to elect someone with clean hands who does not bow to pressure. I cannot be purchased. 

My background, abilities, and willingness to prove myself to this district should warrant a second look, if not a vote. We have given the chance to Senator Ford to make the play, and get us in the game. He did nothing of value. He has had little or no interaction with people who can work with him to make things happen here. He shows up to shake hands and that is all. He explains why he is right. I’d rather we are successful than have a Senator who glad hands his way through office. If I am fortunate enough to win office in this district it will send a clear message to both parties and every other rep – people are fed up with excuses. It is time to put Charlotte to work. That is my mission. 

4. Where the candidates stand:

While my opponent has claimed to be a business professional, who stands up for economic development, his record speaks otherwise. You can be a cheerleader for good ideas (generated by others) or you can get your hands dirty and figure out real solutions by enticing and establishing NEW jobs to locate here, and support those companies willing to invest in our community.

I want the citizens, and especially the voters of the African-American and lower income communities here, to know what Senator Ford has accomplished for you – nothing. And he had a stellar opportunity to change the course of Charlotte’s history two years ago.

Unknown to most Charlotteans, the Toyota Corporation, one of the world’s leading auto manufacturers, had chosen Charlotte as a finalist for locating their North American headquarters. It was between us, Atlanta and Texas. Texas won the bid. 

We could have had several thousand new jobs at entry-level to production to corporate executive posts created here on the west side of Charlotte. And with a shining new headquarters came the probable creation of a manufacturing plant in the not-too-distant future here in North Carolina, given our rail lines, roadways and other beneficial features. With that would come job training and creation like never before seen in this region. An auto plant can lift entire regions from poverty to prosperity. The benefits from automotive production would have been staggering.

I worked in marketing for syndicated automotive distribution in the early 1980s. I can tell you that for every direct job the manufacturer would have created, seven more jobs in the community would have been created; from entrepreneurial ventures to other small businesses. There is a huge ripple effect which would benefit everyone. That opportunity would have been the anchor needed to revitalize the entire Beattie’s Ford Road corridor Charlotte so desperately needs. Did our current sitting Senator tour the Toyota executives? Create a presentation of his own, develop a plan or write them? Call or email them? Did he use his position to benefit our state? Did he even know about the venture until it was too late? No. He was busy online playing fantasy basketball and posting his notes on social media to be bothered with the opportunity. 

We could have seen tens of millions of dollars in direct property and other taxes during the construction/installation of the company headquarters. We could have benefitted from several hundred million dollars in taxes from products, especially the income from manufacturing right here in our region. Instead, our Senator did nothing, said nothing, and produced zero. 

Some may say, well it wasn’t his job. I disagree. Yes it is his job. As Senator, my job is whatever is needed by our district to help this area and state succeed. If you make the decision to serve, then do so, serve the community by helping it however possible. Making legislative decisions is the barest responsibility of the position. Being outraged at injustice is a band-aid. It accomplishes nothing.

It is up to our state representatives to take the initiative to find, cultivate and build relationships to attract, retain and grow business in our state. We miss out on billions of dollars of income because those who say they support growth, only support it ideologically. They have no clue how to actually target and attract companies. I do. I will make it my first task. I have attempted in the private sector to do this but found our state’s tax policies and poorer education hold us back. THAT is why I am running to be your Senator.

My primary job as Senator will be to gather our best community resources and determine who to target for re-location or business development here in OUR district. All I ask to do this task is for voters to open their eyes and expect results of their representatives. 

My second major priority must be education. Our current system is terribly flawed. I love teachers. The job they attempt to do is amazing while their hands are tied, earning low pay. I have taught at co-op for years in the areas of Language Arts, Graphics, HTML and other courses. I have also taught within the scouting program helping develop leadership skills among youth through Eagle coursework. I know how to lesson plan, and develop talent. I know the problems and challenges. 

For all the screaming my opponent did about needing to raise teacher pay he was never a part of that chorus before taking office, while Democrats controlled the entire budget for over 135 years. It took a Republican Governor, legislature and resolve to generate over one BILLION dollars in pay raises these past sessions. I intend to continue that drive forward until teaching in North Carolina becomes extremely attractive nationwide. We can begin to find the money by removing many layers of unneeded bureaucracy which hamstrings teachers in the classroom. Administrators should not be earning huge salaries while those who do the actual work with students are ignored.

You GET quality in education by supporting educators, not the “bureaucractic system”. No bureaucracy ever produced talented, accomplished students. Only the teacher/student interaction did that, and successfully for many years, in many locations without behemoth districts. Some of the best performing schools are the ones untethered from unyielding, uncreative, bureaucratic control. Large districts do not work. Break them up. Clearly, the path we have followed has produced lower scores and fewer results regardless of cash influx. It is time to rethink HOW education is delivered in North Carolina so all our schools function at their peak and teachers feel valued.

Third, but not finally, I want to address infrastructure as it is the basis by which continued growth is even possible. The I-77 toll project is a trap to extract taxes in a new way while still not solving the congestion problem. Those tolls will never disappear. This will penalize all growth north of Charlotte, and destroy the businesses attempting to grow in that region. Instead of misusing our highway funds for funneling work to overseas contractors we should cancel the contract and focus on getting the project done through cooperative effort in-state. We know we can do this if we have the leadership and resolve. I know this may differ from some entrenched personalities involved in the toll project but I feel the entire process has been corrupted. It is my understanding that the company, CINTRA, may have charges against it in Spain which it did not reveal during the negotiation process. That alone would warrant contract cancellation without remuneration or penalty. It would be a great story if the journalists here could pursue it and find out more about CINTRA.

For other projects, this state must focus on fixing its roadways and providing future growth avenues in transportation facilities, and more.

 5. About the candidate:

In 2012, I decided that I could not watch our state flounder any longer. We have raised our family here and look forward to participating in all that North Carolina has to offer as we age. This state is incredible. We have everything from the mountains to the shore and every type of weather. Our basic infrastructure is sound and can be improved. It seems the only thing we are lacking in pursuing a better life for all citizens is resolve.

I have that resolve. When I lost the election in 2012 I had naysayers tell me, before and after, that you can never win. That is exactly the wrong attitude towards life in general. Anything can and does happen. My opponent outspent me 30 or 40 to one yet I managed, in a district 85% out of my favor to get that first 15% of the vote. Possibly a little more. Now it was time to spread out and reach out to those who would not agree with everything I propose. 

In 2014 I increased my percentage to nearly 20%. Now I am making inroads into my opponent’s base. It is a slow process but the more people I speak with on the west side, the more they are convinced that our current Senator has no interest in doing the job effectively. He has the title, the authority and shows up to vote, but he has failed to move any legislation benefitting this region, and worse, he ignored incredible opportunities. This is quite possibly because he only understands the periphery of the job requirements. He has shown no interest in actually improving our lives. I am his constituent too, and although I offered to work with him on ideas to help our area he has never responded. He did block me from his Twitter account when he realized I was reading his broadcasts and responding. He also refuses to debate me, and in 2014 he cowardly skipped the one and only televised debate. How childish is that and how does that benefit our district? I am challenging him to debate me leading up to this election, if he wins the primary. Given his newest challengers, he may not.

My goal this election is to gain enough votes to reach the 51% mark. To accomplish that task I will need to have many more people understand my positions, and why they are correct for this area. That my drive, and eager attitude are what is needed to succeed. What those who question our current lack of leadership must understand, most importantly, about my being elected is this – once elected I MUST produce results or I have no chance of ever maintaining the position. I am outvoted automatically. So I am asking you to consider this as my job application.

Vote Richard Rivette. Give this outsider from the other party a chance to prove himself to you, and together we can get Charlotte to work. 




I just had a bizarre phone call today, December 30, 2015 at around 2pm from the Charlotte Observer’s Jim Morrill who covers politics.

He asked if I was running for the State Senate again, which is obvious since he must have looked at the filed candidate lists and saw my name, phone and email. If he did not know that fact and find the phone listed, then he isn't doing his job. So that was a pointless question. Otherwise, why would he be calling?

Next he said, “what is your birthdate?” To which I objected and said I don’t give out that information.

I said it was rude to ask that since it can be used for ID theft, etc. He told me they would not publish it. He continued on about needing to do background checks, like criminal background checks, and that having my birthdate makes it much easier. He then told me “all the other candidates are doing it.”

He literally espoused the seventh-grade concept of your friends jumping off a bridge so you should too.

Easier. I was an investigator. I pointed out that in today’s world it is not wise to just give out your personal data to just anyone. Then I tried to save him some time. I told him in regards to criminal background that I have none. And I don’t.

Besides, if he looked on the little form one files to BE a candidate you must declare and delineate if you have ever been a FELON, which I have not. So he continued on pressing to get my age, which is fine – I am 55. Practically anyone can find that out without calling me personally. 

Folks, given the attitude of the Observer in past races, their misrepresentation of statistical fact in published articles, and the blatant disrespect they show for non-liberals, I have no interest in whether they provide the public with some shoddy background they do on me, since they have not called to interview me, clarify any of my positions, accurately quote a policy, or act like responsible journalists in the past four years.

If you want more information on my background, my entire history is laid out on this website so anyone can get a good idea of the kinds of work, experience, charity and projects I've done over the years. This is not rocket science.

The one time the editor and publisher of the Observer called was the night before they made their endorsements near election day in 2014. They spent all of three minutes, asked two generic questions, and would not let me elaborate on anything. They wanted a simple yes or no, like I was on trial or something. Then abruptly thanked me and hung up because as they explained they were five minutes from deadline. Amazingly they endorsed my opponent. I was shocked and surprised, not.

A serious newspaper spends time interviewing candidates and talks to them. They don’t call five minutes before deadline and act like they are not interested in anything you have to say.

Additionally, these left-leaning newspapers tend to push inflammatory adjectives against nouns and derail good ideas by mislabeling them, for example, the Fair Tax. They called it regressive. It is not. It is progressive and very fair. Poor, elderly and disabled, anyone on fixed income, low-income, etc. PAYS NO TAX under the Fair Tax. It eliminates dozens of duplicative and very regressive taxes which greatly affect the poor. It also helps recover the 40% underground economy which is NEVER reported to the IRS. Yet, the Observer throws their labels and hope they stick.

The saddest part about Jim’s call is he called just before Christmas. I wrote him an email and asked him to forward any questions he has about the campaign since I was busy getting ready for the holidays and guests, which I was doing. I sincerely hope he does write an email back. I will be glad to answer him, and ask that he uses my quotes in their entirety. One of the major reasons I want to conduct interviews in writing with entities like the Observer is their seeming lack of ability to get information on paper as it was relayed to them without mischaracterization.

Good luck with the criminal background check Mr. Morrill. As a former investigator I had to undergo many FBI checks for proper licensing and other checks over the years. I have never been charged or convicted of any crime, not a misdemeanor nor a felony, nor been a suspect in any case. Does that help you at all with your urgent criminal background check?


Richard Rivette for North Carolina State Senate 38


Everyone knows the old saying, “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”

But how many of us internalize the meaning? Does it mean try once or twice then give up? Do professional athletes give up when faced with insurmountable odds?

Just this past weekend we witnessed the undefeated Carolina Panthers enter the second half of a game with a 28-point lead. They were a shoe-in. They already won. People were LEAVING the stadium to do Christmas shopping.

Then the impossible and unlikely happened. The New York Giants scored an incredible 28 points to TIE the game in the last minutes. This was the first time in 35 years they had achieved that goal. Except for some missteps at the very end, this could have been the end of an undefeated season, one for the record books regardless.

But the Panthers then fought back and ground out a position where a field goal was possible, but not guaranteed. BOTH teams and sets of fans watched anticipating the outcome. The Panthers held on and won the game at the last second. The very last second on the clock.

Politics and the relationships forged are a lot like sports. Our teams battle it out. Individuals on the field attempt to shine and get their message across. Hot dog players often feel they are above scrutiny, because they are so good. In the case of my opponent from 2012 and 2014, he assumed a lot. Now he has a primary challenger as well as the general election against me again if he survives. And I won’t make it easy for him. I achieved around 15% of the vote my first time out in a district where the Democrats were holding their national convention. The next time I nearly garnered 20% of the vote. In a district weighted 85% against me, that means I am getting votes from members of the opposing party and unaffiliated voters, perhaps fed up with business as usual.

Anything can happen. I am in this for the long haul. This is not a hobby. Something you do for fun. Believe me, and anyone else who ever ran for office, the work is hard, the hours are long, there is strain on every part of your life, there is literally no reward, and in the end you rely on strangers who can propel your ideas into office or stop you cold.

Election day is uplifting or a hard slap down. Either way, the nation continues as does our state. We need to uplift this city and state, and we need to do it now as never before. I believe I have the abilities necessary to help in that regard.

A man I like to reference once ran for the state house in his state years ago and lost. The same year he lost his job. He tried to start a business and failed. His fiancé died. Then he had a nervous breakdown. Then, when finally elected to the statehouse he was defeated for the Speakership. Later, he was defeated in his bid for Congress, finally elected, then lost renomination, and was defeated. He was defeated for land officer, defeated for a US Senate bid, defeated for nomination as Vice President, then AGAIN defeated for the US Senate. For 30 years this failure must have been the laughing stock of his state and nation. WHO would put themselves through that and for what purpose?

I believe sometimes we are called to tasks which seem impossible, and we throw up our hands when we should get to work and quietly try again.

So when people innocently ask, and sometimes condescendingly, “Why are you running again?”, or they say, “You can’t win!” - I have to tell them about someone I admire who never gave up. But maybe it would be better if I related some words of this historic loser, this ridiculous nobody who everyone dismissed for several decades, to give you a better perspective on why anyone should keep working hard against the odds. Sometimes there is a reason to pursue the goal.

In a momentous time he penned then spoke these words:

“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” ­– Abraham Lincoln

It is why we should always try again. I will work for your vote.

It is why I am a Republican. I need votes from every group to win.

And it is why I am running…again.

Together, we can put Charlotte and this state, back to work.

How Statistics Can Lie, Especially When Used To Rip Away Your Rights To Self-Protection

It is deceptively simple to lie using generalized or averaged statistics. You can basically find any information you need to support your case. But on further examination statistics can backfire and absolutely destroy your case. In debate we call that a slam dunk just like in basketball or in the law.

Proponents of “gun control” couch their argument in the idea that the United States is patently unsafe due to the large number of gun owners. They claim that these gun owners are irresponsible and could snap at any moment and kill people. 80 to 100 million gun owners have not snapped. Ever. Nor will they any time soon.

The facts belie these “statistical” observations leftists hope to use to disarm Americans.

  1. The United States has half the world’s small arms held by less than 5% of the world’s population. Given that potential nightmare scenario you would think we would top the list of murderous nations.
  2. We almost DO top the list! We are FOURTH highest for murder rates among all nations in the world! Scary, isn’t it? Why you could be gunned down anywhere by any one of those 100 million small arms held by Americans.
  3. There is a problem with the statistics. Yes. We are fourth, when you average all the cities and regions of the United States. When you remove just FOUR cities, Detroit, Chicago, Washington D.C. and New Orleans, our nation actually drops to the bottom and is one of the safest in the world. We rank about 189 of 192 nations. Most gun murders take place in those cities annually.
  4. Please consider the unifying factors that make those four particular cities very, very unsafe. They all have one thing in common. Did you guess it already? Gun control. Chicago, Washington and until very recently when the police chief told people to protect themselves, Detroit, have the strictest gun control laws in the nation, in the world.
  5. Recently in Washington, D.C. a man was sent to prison for possessing a decorative spent (empty) cartridge in his car, that was incapable of being used in any manner other than as a keychain. Yet Washington, D.C. is vying for top slot as the murder capital.

A reasonable person would say, let’s remove all gun control laws from those cities and allow people to protect themselves. Wouldn’t crime drop? Yes. It would. In fact, if you review the individual statistics from the FBI, unaveraged, for every major city in America and other regions you will find that the more armed the populace the LOWER the crime rate for any crime, but especially note the reduction of violent crime including home invasions.

One might ask why? Because if you attempt to enter a store to randomly shoot people to rob the store and all of the customers have concealed weapons, what are your chances of getting out alive? Very low. And that concept keeps the criminal element from harming we innocent civilians. If you want to see effective gun control, take the guns away from the criminals.

The gun control advocates that want to take our second amendment right away don’t really care if you can protect yourself. Which brings us to the recent news from Nevada. The second amendment of the Constitution does not exist to protect your right to self-defense just against criminals, it also allows you to stand up to our government, when the government spins out of control and goes insane. For example, you drive home one day and find 200 heavily armed tactical snipers have surrounded your home and keep you in their sights ready to execute a kill shot every minute of the day. That doesn’t sound creepy at all does it? Honestly, I don’t know anyone who would not be set on edge by that scenario. That is simple overkill. It is intimidation. Our Federal government has gone over the deep end.

Apparently, the TSA, IRS, USPS, FDA, NOAH, NASA, DEA, DOE, USDA, BLM, and a whole lot of other Federal agencies are now armed to the teeth with billions of bullets. I guess their primary mission of helping Americans has turned into one of making sure we loyal Americans allow them to take from us whatever they want without resistance.

Our own government fears us now. While they read your email, listen to your phone calls, and examine your every movement. Is that what you think America should be? Fear is what gun control is all about. Historically, wherever gun control and its next step, confiscation, has been employed, Stalinst Russia, Nazi Germany, Maoist China, Pol Pot’s Cambodia, among other places, hundreds of millions of innocents have been exterminated because they could not defend themselves – against their own government.

Slaves and descendents of American slaves were also once forbidden from owning guns. And they witnessed their homes, fields, barns and families burned alive, because they couldn’t defend themselves. African-Americans should be the group screaming the loudest in defense of maintaining their God given right to self-protection. Yet many seem perfectly willing to let the government “protect them”, even though the same government at one time murdered them, supported murder of them, and encoded laws to sterilize them, and destroy their lives. Oh, and these laws were all written by Democrats. If I were black, I don’t think I would be so quick to give up my right to self-protection. When seconds count, the police are only a few minutes away.

So, given the choice between risking mass extermination at the hands of an out of control government or giving up my ability to defend against crime, and allowing my neighbors, who are really nice, responsible people, to keep their second amendment rights and own guns without restriction, I’ll take the latter. Keep your guns. Keep them safe. Keep your family safe. And don’t let any legislator ever tell you giving them up is “for your own good”. Wiser men than us have been fooled by that cry before.

Protecting your life and liberty is my first job as your Senator. Everything else is secondary.

The time has come for Senator Joel Ford to concede to me. No. Not the entire election to be held in November, although that would be the most graceful exit from office he can manage at this point.

Senator Ford has reiterated and continues to attempt to seize the moral high ground by claiming Republicans, and my plan in specific to alleviate the problem of voter fraud, have crafted a solution to a “non-existent” problem. He states there is not voter fraud, and never has been.

In our televised 2012 debate, the only time he had the courage to actually face off with me, he made an emphatic plea against voter ID being required as you “have a greater chance of being struck by lightning than finding voter fraud in North Carolina.” To which I pointed out the nine people arrested the day before for voter fraud. He was struck nine times that day alone. The Board of Elections noted 30,000 dead people on the voting rolls. He seemed to dismiss all this as nonsense. And called me silly for bringing it up.

Well, Senator. I am afraid you have been struck last month, March 2014, with almost 800 DEAD people having voted in November 2012. I warned you. That number could have been employed to deny any candidate from being elected, not just those from my party. You should be the first to call for a full investigation. But you remain silent.

Then, last week, we learned that 35,000+ individuals VOTED in TWO states in multiple precincts which is clearly voter fraud on a massive scale. Then, we learned about 155,000+ voters who have registered in multiple states to vote using the same first and last name, same social security number and same date of birth. This amount of fraud is not coincidence and is not something you can ignore Senator, yet you remain silent.

And on April 16th, 2014 we find this gem published from Voter Integrity Project, yet another 20,000 false voter registrations. If I were a suspicious individual who does not like to give people the benefit of the doubt, I would say the Democratic party with these massive extra registrations, massive number of dead voters, massive multiple registered individuals and massive voter fraud of over 30,000 people voting MORE THAN ONCE constituted a conspiracy within your party. I could understand a handful of misguided souls attempting to vote for their favorite candidate, but this type of fraud and amount smacks more of a conspiracy to steal elections.

Yet, Senator Joel Ford stands firm, and remains silent. I wonder how silent he would be if the shoe were on the other proverbial foot? What if it turns out ALL those registrations and multiple votes were solidly Republican voters. Would you then believe in voter fraud?

I believe you Senator are the fraud. You should concede the election, but in lieu of that I would accept you simply conceding the facts. The investigations were conducted by the Board of Elections which is headed by a Democrat. This is the first audit of its kind in history. Who knew we would find such amazing amounts of voter fraud? I believe you did. And you helped cover it up. That is why you were so smug and self-assured during our one debate. Tell me though, how does it feel to be struck by nearly 200,000 lightning strikes in one month?

My debate challenge still stands. I will meet you in public at a church or other friendly location to your campaign, you can fill the hall with your supporters, and by the end of several hours covering every issue, I fully expect that they will vote for me, because I have the facts on my side. Do you have the courage to meet me Senator?

I await your response.


More Than 20,000 NC Voters Have Fake Registration Addresses
April 16, 2014
(Raleigh, NC)— APR 16, 2014—The Voter Integrity Project of North Carolina, today, submitted data to the NC State Board of Elections that show 20,532 NC voters were registered at street addresses that do not exist and 13,027 (or 63.4%) of them listed a post office box as their alternative mailing address.

“We are amazed that counties allow people to vote with a non-existent registration address,” said Jay DeLancy, “and wonder how election officials can correctly assign these voters to a precinct when they give a PO Box as their secondary address.”

Last week, the group posted email from Buncombe County Emergency services and from a US Postal Service representative, confirming that zero addresses do not exist.

“Any mailing with a zero as a street number will be returned to sender as an insufficient address,” according to an email message VIP-NC received from a Post Office employee in Buncombe County and confirmed separately by a postal official at the USPS central call center (who refused to give her name).

“The single factor in issuing correct ballots to voters is where they lay their head at night,” said DeLancy, “but when a voter lists a non-existent residential address, we get worried; and when they list a PO Box as their secondary address, we get angry that county election officials are tolerating such sloppy list maintenance.”

VIP-NC released a list of the top 15 counties with the most registrations from zero-address voters. The data, from December 2013, was confirmed in April 2014, but April’s data excluded 12 counties due to problems with the NC BoE website. The partial April figures confirmed overall trends with 65% listing a PO Box as a secondary address and a minor amount of voters removed who died or moved away. They’re still researching the number who voted, but 14,998 (73%) of the December voters had their status listed as “active.”

“We want these fictional registration addresses to be investigated and explained to the public,” DeLancy said. “Holes in the system like this make us wonder if certain election offices can even do their jobs.”



His whole life, he quietly gave of his time to a wide range of charitable organizations, helping with fundraising and many other items:

  • Fundraised for public libraries, children’s charities and medical charities.
  • Served on homeowner’s board of directors and founded a community theatre board.
  • He worked on many projects to raise money for those in need including Haitian refugees and displaced Hurricane Andrew families.

He volunteered for many causes long before it became fashionable as touted by the government.

When others had shied away from confrontation, he and his wife organized rallies against the Klan. He believes in the equal rights of the Constitution and that we should all have equal opportunity if we are to survive as a nation.


His product analysis and development skills combined with international business background helped propel him into his most charitable and challenging efforts to date:

  • On January 12, 2010, when the earthquake struck Haiti he put his business on hold for months, and helped gather a consortium of manufacturers and developers to attack the problem of homelessness in Haiti, to provide inexpensive yet durable and effective housing for the hundreds of thousands of displaced persons.
  • The housing was inherently planned to counter the effects of disease, hurricanes, earthquakes and many other issues.
  • The U.S. State Department requested that FEMA authorized contractors step up to collaborate and Mr. Rivette was integral to part of the private sector effort.
  • As a representative for clients, he participated in several high level conferences in Washington and Miami.
  • He chaired and gave the opening statement at the Global Conference on Reconstruction for Haiti, joining industry and government leaders in conference.
  • Submitted comprehensive housing plans and materials for the Clinton/Bush foundation.
  • Met with members of the Haitian government and the professional Haitian Diaspora community worldwide.
  • For months, he also consulted with industry leaders, and then to discuss proposals with the U.S. Commerce Secretary Locke at the industrial gathering in Washington, D.C.
  • He promoted the integration of experienced businesses with the NGOs in the field, the U.S. and Haitian governments, and prepared for the installation of demonstration housing models on the island.
  • He also designed a model city plan to include a more modern infrastructure to counter known diseases and security issues.

This work also positioned his clients for providing disaster assistance in Chile after their earthquake, and for mining concerns in West Africa.


Richard Rivette knows personally what it is like to start out with nothing, work against adversity to achieve, and help others grow their ideas. Now, he would like to have a hand in providing an atmosphere conducive to job creation in North Carolina.

Having spent a lifetime acquiring new skills and knowledge in a wide range of industries, as well as an understanding of government regulation compliance, and the creation of jobs for many companies, Richard Rivette feels he is poised to serve this state and make decisions that could alleviate budget problems, improve education, eliminate crime, support public services, solve complex issues, and provide North Carolina with new impetus to move forward financially.

Currently, he is back in Charlotte, consulting new businesses. His work includes consulting a home repair business and securing investment capital for a new performance racing venture. He also teaches at a co-op part-time.

He has been married to the same woman for over 25 years and they have been blessed with one child, whom they home-school. He is a homeschooling father assisting with his son’s education. He hopes to befriend many people during this campaign and learn more about his neighbors. He believes that everyone can have a seat at the table.


  • In the early 1990s, he had developed a reputation for providing advertising support and business development materials and advice.
  • His networks began to stretch across the oceans and he began analyzing and developing manufactured goods for domestic and international markets.
  • His experience includes working directly with clients and concerns in the European Union, China & Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, India, Afghanistan, South Africa, West Africa, Ecuador, Chile, Peru, Brazil, Mexico, and the Caribbean.
  • His packaged work, and support materials appeared on television infomercials, and in regional and national chains, such as Kmart, Wal-Mart, Target, and dozens of others. His efforts were key to supporting over $100 million in direct product sales worldwide and the creation of several dozen brands.
  • For these projects, he had to learn to work in multiple languages, although not fluently, using French and Spanish, among others.
  • During this phase of business growth, he returned to college to study Psychology, Sociology, Constitutional and Criminal Law, and Spanish.
  • Later, he took collegiate courses in HTML coding, Java and JavaScript to support his expanded interest in internet technologies. He currently also uses PHP coding, Perl, CGI-Bin, adapts dynamic modules and performs other programming tasks as needed.
  • In the mid-1990s, recognized for his ability to conduct intensive research, he was also asked to review investigations involving high level criminal cases by the legal community.
  • He spent five years assigned by state and Federal judiciary as a licensed private investigator to criminal matters, in addition to running his own marketing concern.
  • He also worked on anti-counterfeiting cases and wrote summaries for mitigating circumstances in capital criminal cases working as the defense investigator for those who faced the death penalty.


  • He continued to consult clients worldwide, expanding his catalogue of work supporting in excess of a billion dollars in client sales.
  • His materials have been seen on QVC, HSN, online, and in most major stores.
  • He worked for a multi-national corporation rewriting their proposal shell, troubleshooting publishing issues and supported the development of new Fortune 1000 accounts. For his various efforts, he was named North American Associate of the Year.
  • Over the next decade, he consulted medical and healthcare clients in various parts of the country.
  • For other clients, he formed startups in categories such as: boating, resorts, manufactured housing, and appliances – establishing brands and developing entirely new market opportunities which lead to expanded job creation.
  • He built national dealer networks and created trade show presence for various firms, including international export support for American manufacturers.
  • In reaction to the economy of the past three years, he has stepped in to help save companies by defining new markets, altering products, and connecting companies with investors.
  • Expert at writing RFP responses for large bids, he secured contracts for American companies to sustain HUD zone firms through the current economy in excess of $1.8 billion dollars.


  • 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, 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!

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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