Candidate Profile
Jim O'Neill

Republican , North Carolina

Biography

Name
Jim O'Neill
Party
Republican
Race
Attorney General
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating*

Conservative
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Endorsements*

*These endorsements were received after the deadline and were not considered in the Panel Evaluations and are for additional educational purposes only.

Conservatives

4
Conservative Coalition of North Carolina, *National Rifle Association (NRA) PVF, National Right To Life, North Carolina Values Coalition

Others

2
*North Carolina Troopers Association, Wake GOP

Questionnaire

Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Right to Life

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Strongly Agree   

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.

Strongly Agree   

I support the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which requires health care providers to provide life-saving treatment for infants who survive an attempted abortion.

Strongly Agree   

If the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, North Carolina should repeal its law allowing abortion up to 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Strongly Agree   

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Only if the mother's health is in jeopardy or in the instance of rape & incest.


Economy

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has a livable income.

Strongly Disagree   

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Strongly Agree   


Religious Liberty

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

Strongly Agree   

Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with taxpayer or public funds.

Agree   

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

Strongly Agree   

I promise to protect the freedom of Christians to share the Gospel and to practice Biblical principles.

Yes   

What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

While there is nothing in the Constitution denoting "separation of church and state", there have been attempts to argue that it is inherent in the Bill of Rights which I disagree with. These attempts want to exclude any reference to religious ideas which I think is unfortunate.


Healthcare

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has health insurance.

Strongly Disagree   

How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

My wife is a physician so I see the healthcare strains of our country first hand. We have the most incredible services available to our citizens of any industrialized country. We need to celebrate our strong healthcare system and the amazing doctors and health care workers that care for our citizens.


National Security

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

Strongly Agree   


Immigration

I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

Strongly Agree   

State, sheriff and local law enforcement agencies should be required to participate in the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) 287(g) Program to enhance the safety and security of their communities to identify and detain aliens.

Agree   

Who should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and under what circumstances?

Yes. Immigration -- like that of my parents -- has helped bring people who want to be part of the fabric of America to our country. They, like many others, come to our country with a strong sense of work ethic, deserve to make their communities stronger, work hard to get a good education and add productively to the workforce.


Education

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree   


Values

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which is necessary for our system of limited government.

Strongly Agree   

I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.

Strongly Disagree   

I support allowing public high school students to participate in athletic competition based on the gender with which they identify instead of biological sex.

Strongly Disagree   

Parents should have the right to know what schools are teaching their children about sex and LGBT issues and should have the right to opt their children out of any instruction to which they object.

Strongly Agree   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I have proudly been an active practicing Catholic for my lifetime. One of my favorite weekly things I do with my three children is to take them to mass then go out for a fun brunch. This is something we as a family have been missing greatly during COVID.


Qualifications

When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?

Very Conservative   

Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

I am a proud American and proud to be the son of two immigrants to this great nation. The opportunities that our country provides to its citizens is unparalleled compared with any other nation. I am thrilled to raise my children in this incredible country where they can become great citizens of this fine country.

What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

I was fortunate to get an incredible undergrad education through a scholarship from Duke University where I played lacrosse. I then graduated from NY Law School where I got my law degree. I worked in a couple of large firms to pay off my school debts then was fortunate to start my public service -- my true calling -- as a prosecutor and then elected District Attorney for Forsyth County.

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.

No.

Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

I believe my strong faith; my thoughtful, caring upbringing by my mother and father; and the amazing opportunities provided by our great country have guided me in becoming the person I am and guides me on a daily basis in the decisions I make. In Forsyth County, my office has achieved the lowest dismissal rate in the state among urban counties for violent crime offenders and the highest conviction rate in the state when it comes to sexual assault crimes. I started the opioid addiction program to help inmates get and remain clean. This program has been so successful that it is being duplicated statewide, as is my office's license restoration initiative. Both programs are the first of their kind in our state. I am proud of the work we have done in Winston-Salem to have it recently named North Carolina's safest city.


Judicial Philosophy

I support the use of Sharia law as a basis for legislation and judicial decisions in the United States.

Strongly Disagree   


2nd Amendment

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

Yes   

What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?

Guns need to be licensed. We need to know who legally has guns. The majority of gun violence I see on a daily basis is with individuals, many in gangs, that have firearms illegally.


Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree   

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Strongly Disagree   

The Electoral College should be abolished.

Strongly Disagree   

In priority order, what three areas of legislation do you propose to author or sponsor if elected?

As the Vice President of the NC Conference of District Attorneys, our state-wide association, I have been the point person on bringing our views/concerns to the General Assembly over the past few years. So, many pieces of legislation, like the Second Chance Act, have already been enacted. As AG my job will be more to enforce law the GA passes than auto or sponsor legislation. 1. Make sure Voter ID is enacted as the people of NC intended. 2. Make sure the 2021 Redistricting maps are fair and reflect our citizens. 3. Review our laws affecting businesses to make sure they are fair and do not unduly hinder our businesses.


Background

Education
  • New York Law School, New York City, JD
  • Duke University, Durham, NC, BA
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Affiliations
  • Senior Services, Board Member
  • SCAN, Board Member
  • Hospice, Board Member
  • RJ Reynolds High School, Boys Lacrosse Coach
  • Industries for the Blind, Board Member
Offices
  • Elected District Attorney, Held 2010-2018
  • Attorney General, Sought 2016
 

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