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Raised in North Carolina, Committed to North Carolina

Raleigh has been using yesterday’s solutions to deal with today’s problems, and it’s not working. It’s time to elect a leader who can be a steward for positive change.

Born and raised in Guilford County, Steven Buccini is committed to fighting for our values and our community, while ushering in positive growth and opportunities for everyone.

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About Steven

Steven Buccini grew up in Guilford County, where he grew up drinking Homeland Creamery chocolate milk, earning badges with Boy Scout Troop 101, and learning by example the community-driven values that make our state so special. After graduating from Grimsley in the top 5% of class, he went on to get his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UC Berkeley. He took the hardworking spirit he learned from his teachers and troop leaders to Silicon Valley, where he worked for some of the country’s most successful companies.

Steven’s upbringing in Guilford County afforded him the opportunity to help grow businesses that are changing the world. Now he’s dedicated to help grow the place – and the people – that raised him. He’s tackling jobs, education, and healthcare, and he’s ready to work with the people of Guilford to fight for what they need.

Jobs

Advances in technology have fundamentally changed the job landscape in our country, and Guilford County is no exception. In the past few decades, stable, quality jobs have declined drastically, while the cost of living continues to rise. The people of Guilford County need job opportunities that allow them to balance student loan debt, health care costs, and a skyrocketing cost of living. Steven has years of experience working for some of the country’s most successful companies, so he knows what’s necessary to build a lasting business – and what cities and states need to do to attract those business and grow new ones.

One proven boost to local economies? Municipal broadband. An internet connection can give anyone a world-class education in any topic. That education can lead to better-paying jobs, in Guilford or even online. Municipal broadband would afford those of us in more rural areas the freedom to educate ourselves and seek new opportunities. And it’s not difficult or costly to implement - we just need leaders who care about implementing it. Steven has been working to bring municipal broadband to Guilford since high school, where his team’s project to bring Google Fiber to Greensboro came in the top 15 nationwide.

Education

Guilford County Schools shouldn’t be suffering. Our teachers are some of the best in the state: we’ve had two North Carolina Teachers of the Year in the past ten years, and any parent or student can speak to the enthusiasm and care that our educators possess. Beyond Guilford, North Carolina is home to some of the best universities in the world. We’re pioneers of early education initiatives like SmartStart. We’re a state known for our pride in education.

Yet our K-12 education system is now 40th in the country, and per-pupil spending is still 12.2% below pre-recession levels when adjusted for inflation. That’s unacceptable.

Without proper investment, our incredible teachers are unable to reach every student.

As a proud graduate of Guilford County Schools, Steven is grateful for all the opportunities his public education afforded him. He wants those opportunities for all Guilford County residents. Good schools not only mean a solid educational foundation, they mean stronger communities – and they create, attract and retain businesses that will grow our economy and create jobs.

Healthcare

North Carolinians are known for looking out for one another. But looking out for one another shouldn’t mean donating to our neighbor’s healthcare bill on GoFundMe because they don’t have coverage.

Current leadership sent a clear message to the state’s citizens when they chose not to improve access to healthcare: you don’t matter, partisan politics do. In fact, Steven’s opponent is openly proud of the fact that he rejected federal aid for healthcare, a decision that ended up costing 500,000 people in North Carolina their health insurance - over 17,000 of those in Guilford County . Steven’s father has been practicing medicine in Guilford for almost three decades, and he has seen the impact of many of his patients losing their healthcare – and many of his colleagues working more hours for less money.

With opioid deaths at an all-time high, with our state’s economy on the line, with thousands of people living with the fear of being stranded with unpayable medical bills, it’s time for us to start taking care of one another again -- in the right way. Steven will fight for access to healthcare for more North Carolinians. Not because of his political beliefs, but because it’s the right thing to do.