An Interview with Gina Collias

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Moral Courage

Gina Collias is running for US Congress in NC District 10 as a Democrat. In the 2018 cycle she ran as a Republican. SFTA sat down with Gina to discuss her passion for her home district, what prompted her to run and why the switch. Here are the answers.

SFTA:  Let’s start with the elephant in the room. Up until now you were a lifelong Republican why the switch?

Gina: I am a person who loves our democracy. I identified with Eisenhower Republican values.

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The night Trump was elected. I remember my daughter saying “Mom. You have to fix this!” I felt a strong pull to step up and set an example. I initially thought the best way to make a change was from within the party. I was wrong. it became obvious to me that my values are truly more in line with Democrats. So, I joined the Democratic Party, and I appreciate the welcome that everyone has given me.

SFTA:  What prompted you to run again for 2020?

Gina:  I still feel a calling to serve the people of NC District 10. There are real issues that the country and the district must face. A constituent last year told me that healthcare is the new American dream -- not having a house, or a family, or a secure future. When the bar is set at “just keep your loved one alive,” then someone has to step in.  When our beautiful district is being threatened environmentally, someone has to step in. When corruption wins over moral courage, someone has to step in. So I did. I want to serve the people of NC District 10.

SFTA:  You talk about moral courage; what do you mean by that?

Gina:  When our representatives do not stand up to a president who puts his personal interests above the interest of the country, they are cowards. When people choose party over country and shut down the entire government to get what they want for personal reasons, they are cowards. When our current Congressman puts the interest of a powerful lobby above the safety of our schools and universities, it shows a lack a moral courage. When you have to choose between having food and life saving drug, it is just plain wrong. I am willing to listen. I am willing to be your voice and to fight. The people of NC District 10 deserve a leader willing to have these difficult moral discussions and work for us.

SFTA:  In some of your materials you have said you are fiscally conservative, which can be interpreted as wanting to cut benefits and programs. What do you mean by that?

Gina:  Thank you for the opportunity to clarify that. nI do not want the huge national debt and deficit from the 2017 Tax Bill to burden future generations or to bankrupt our country. I do not want tax loopholes for the super rich to continue to crush the middle class and continue widening the economic inequality gap.

Paying attention to how money is being spent with the interest of the people of NC District 10 and the country as a whole is important to me. Shutting down the government in a temper tantrum to accomplish your own personal agenda, is not in anyone’s interest. It hurt people. The House of Representatives is called that for a reason. I believe deeply in democracy.

SFTA:  You are an attorney. How is that an advantage for you?

Gina: The legislative branch proposes and makes laws. I can understand the impact of language in legislation and the possible consequences of different language in it.. Lawyers do a lot a negotiating, which is important in creating new legislation, and having been a court arbitrator, I know how to evaluate evidence and facts.

SFTA:  Why does the district need new leadership?

Gina:  Patrick McHenry is a career politician who has never had a real job in the private sector. He is out of touch with the people and treats them as an afterthought. He knows nothing about the average American who goes to work every day. He has political ambitions and is willing to do whatever it takes to advance those ambitions regardless of the impact on NC District 10 and the people.

SFTA:  Why do you think you have the best chance to win this Congressional seat?

I can win this race because I am beyond labels. This is about the shared values of a strong community. I am also a mom, a wife, and a concerned citizen. I have run my own practice and a real estate practice. My everyday concerns are the concerns of families and business owners in District 10. I want a secure and sustainable future for our children and the people of our district.

SFTA:  Why do you think you have the best chance to win this Congressional seat?

I can win this race because I am beyond labels. This is about the shared values of a strong community. I am also a mom, a wife, and a concerned citizen. I have run my own practice and a real estate practice. My everyday concerns are the concerns of families and business owners in District 10. I want a secure and sustainable future for our children and the people of our district.

SFTA:  You have a real passion for District 10; can you tell us a little about that?

Gina:  Sure, I would love to. I live in Kings Mountain and have raised my children in District 10. The beauty of the area is unsurpassed. But what makes home so special is the people. Everywhere I go I meet people who impress me with their graciousness. The community is an inspiration to me. Together we can make a difference. I have volunteered and served in my community my entire life. I have served on the boards for the YMCA, the Mountaineer Partnership to improve our downtown, and on the Moss Lake Reservoir. I have been grade mom over many years for my children’s classes. I have served as soccer mom team manager and the debate parent coordinator. I have belonged to many professional business organization like CREW and the NC and SC Bar Associations. I have lived in this part of North Carolina my entire life, and this is my home.

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