Charlie Norr

137th District, House

Party: Democrat

Education: Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and received his GED. He also attended the University of Maryland and the National Fire Academy

Previous political experience: Norr represents northwest Springfield (District 137) in the Missouri House of Representatives. He was elected to the House in November 2006.

Work experience: Retired captain for the Baltimore County Fire Department in Baltimore, Maryland. He served for 20 years as a firefighter and paramedic. Norr also served in the Navy from 1961-1965 and spent two years in the Navy Reserve.

Family: Lives with his wife, Peggy, in Springfield. They have three sons: Kevin, Robert, and Mark and two grandchildren.

Q: What is the biggest issue facing Missouri?

We need to work getting more Missourians back on the job. By utilizing targeted tax incentives with protections coupled with revenue enhancements would increase our chances to bring more jobs to Missouri and grow our way out of our current budget problem. I don’t think we do enough to bring manufacturing jobs into the state.

Q: What are the top three items you would like to address as a legislator if re-elected?

1. Enhance revenue. We need to make sure that those out-of-state corporations doing business in Missouri pay their fair share.

2. Create new and better paying jobs through tax incentives that give taxpayers protection by requiring that any credit be repaid, with interest, if the company leaves the state.

3. Making sure that those who are most vulnerable are not harmed by mean-spirited attempts to balance the state’s budget.

Q: Missouri is facing budget cuts like many other states. Where do you propose cutting the budget and which items do you fell need to be preserved?

I think that we need to address this notion that we can only balance the budget by making cuts. We need better oversight, eliminate fraud and abuse in various state programs and tax credit allotments.

We certainly should not be cutting medical necessities. The legislature has turned away $2 billion in two-to-one matches from the federal government to help pay for medical expenses for lower income Missourians. I also believe that our public education and higher education systems must be protected from the budget knife. If we are to create more jobs, we must have workers trained and ready for potential employers locating in the state.

Q: Why are you running for office?

I have a strong sense of community and making sure that north and west Springfield have a strong voice. My commitment to my community began when I was 17 when I enlisted in the United States Navy. After my military service I spent 20 years as a firefighter and paramedic retiring as a captain. When I moved to Springfield 15 years ago I became involved with many community-based organizations and helped start several neighborhood associations and betterment groups. Four years ago I saw an opportunity to become an advocate for my neighbors by running for and being elected State Representative for the 137th District. I will continue to serve my community with pride, integrity, and a sense of duty.

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