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.

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

UPDATE (2019): I wrote this FIVE years ago. No genocides have occurred since then. Legal gun owners haven't gone berserk. The idea that gun-free zones will protect us as we go about unarmed is a myth. The most recent murder of U.S. military members on their own base in Florida should underscore that. There should be no gun-free zones so we aren't sitting ducks. Teachers, administrators, and support staff who are responsible and capable of carrying should protect our schools. Period. All we hear from the left is how everything would be great if we didn't have guns. Maybe the criminals would enjoy that, but we've seen the effects of being unarmed. Let's try the other way and see who is right.

TODAY (Jan. 22, 2020) : From Diamond and Silk - "If Slaves had guns there would have been no slavery." Exactly true. 

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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 a few cities, Detroit, Chicago, Washington D.C., St. Louis, 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. (This refers to Bundy ranch - where we know now that the land's mineral rights were attempted to be sold by a Senator's investment company to China. The problem was the rightful owner lived there.)

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, Stalinist 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 descendants 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 representative. Everything else is secondary.

GIVING BACK EXPERTISE

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.

LEADERSHIP FOR HAITIAN RECONSTRUCTION

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.

TEACHING and SCOUTING

In addition to his business background, Mr. Rivette spent years in classrooms teaching Literature, Computer coding, and Arts classes. As a BSA troop founder and leader he spent ten years working with scouts from diverse backgrounds with varying abilities. He volunteered at camps each year to help more advanced scouts earn their Eagle badges. He personally sacrificed to make sure that those young men had a better chance at building a successful life. 

ACHIEVING OVER ADVERSITY

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. He freelances on marketing projects and enjoys teaching painting. He has been married for 33 years and they have been blessed with one child, now finishing college.

Richard hopes to befriend many people during this campaign and learn more about his neighbors. As a representative he wants to have regular meetings with constituents as he believes that everyone can have a seat at the table. Unlike his opponent whose last town hall was in 2016, Richard will be available to the community to answer questions, gain input and solve problems.

MANAGING INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

  • 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.

IN NORTH CAROLINA

  • He continued to consult clients worldwide, expanding his catalog 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.
  • He helped establish the first telemedical firms on the East Coast, bringing immediate low-cost healthcare over the phone and internet to his clients' customers.
  • 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, 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.

CREATING SOMETHING FROM NOTHING

  • Grew up in a 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. In 2018 he earned 35% or more of the vote in precincts where he could not spend any dollars. In prior years 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! (UPDATE July 2020) Someone must have heard an earful because the intersection is finally being finished off. How many years did we wait?

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.

5. DEADLY DRIVERS! Those who live in my district in the Highland Creek and Eastfield area know that at night our interstate loop I-485 has been turned into a drag strip. Recently, a car traveling at high speed along the western leg killed an entire family when it collided and also killed others. We need consistent Trooper enforcement at night so that these drag racers are identified and their licenses revoked appropriately. People are dying. This means increasing our budget for justice services at the state level.

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.

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