Is Dr. Ernie Ward, Candidate for NC Senate District 8, in support of the NC Film Incentives?

Sheila BrothersAs politicians put their name in the hat, I am closely paying attention to those who are FOR and those who are AGAINST the NC Film Incentives.  I am also keenly aware of those who do not respond to my questions and ignore them.  So far we know Elizabeth Redenbaugh who is running for NC State Senate, District 9, is a huge supporter and is in agreement with ending the sunset, and putting the film incentives permanently in place. Now that Ernie Ward has put his name in for District 8 (Pender, Brunswick, Bladen), it’s time to ask the big question.  Here is our conversation via Twitter:

SHEILA: Ernie Ward, let’s talk NC Film…Are you 100% for the NC Film Incentives and do you want them permanently in place?


ERNIE WARD: The film industry has been a huge economic driver for the state as a whole and SE NC in particular, pumping hundreds of millions into NC annually. This is clearly due to our competitive film incentives. As currently structured, film incentives create jobs and offer a huge return on investment. I think we need to continue to compete to bring this valuable industry to NC using all tools at our disposal. Thanks!

SHEILA: Are you for changing the film incentives or keeping them the way they are?

ERNIE WARD: Everything can and should be improved… for the foreseeable future I don’t advocate any changes. These incentives are bringing jobs and revenue to our area.

SHEILA: I see no mention of film incentives on your site, is there a reason for that? Film employs 25,000 jobs across the state.

ERNIE WARD: Well…let me file for candidacy first… website, social media all evolving. Thanks for that suggestion! I’m eager to listen!


Fair enough.  We will keep a close eye on what progress follows on his web site and social media. It is clear that Dr. Ward needs to hear from us.  If you live in District 8 (see map below),  let him know how important NC Film is to you.  If you have a follow up question, as far as we can tell, Dr. Ward is open to questions.  Find him on Twitter, or go to his web site and contact him with your own questions.  Ernie Ward will be starting his campaign to seek election this Saturday, February 22 at 3:30 pm at the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach.  Please attend and ask the questions in person. Again, only if you live in District 8.

TO MY NC COMMUNITY: We need you all to ask the questions and get the answers.  Please DO NOT accept vague answers.  That’s simply not good enough.  Whoever is running in your district  needs to be as transparent as possible in order to get our vote!  Let your voices be heard.  Get the answers!

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For reference these are the 50 state senate districts. You can find more detailed maps here.

WHAT’S UP IN WILMYWOOD – 07/03/2013 – Short and Sweet

A slow day, thank goodness!  Sorry, was that selfish?  I swear I need an intern!

232323232%7Ffp43799)nu=4 );79)233)WSNRCG=36 3 3(48;324nu0mrjThe big news is, of course, the ratings for Monday night’s Under the Dome.  Episode 2 pulled in 11.8 million viewers after all was said and done, this time being #1 in its time slot!  A call for Season two can’t be far away.  Locations today will be Chestnut St. and the 6th St. Bridge.

Expect some intermittent road closures during the Chestnut St. shoot between 17th and 19th as well as 18th St. between Princess and Grace.

Also intermittent road closures for the bridge shot on Campbell between 5th and 7th, Redcross between 5th and 7th and on 6th between Campbell and Walnut

Once they flip their cameras, on Brunswick between 5th and 7th, Bladen between 5th and 7th and on 6th between Brunswick and Harnett.

WF_ad-donateAfter the airing of Episode 2, the fabulous Rachelle LeFevre tweeted, “4 Arizona’s lost firefighters & due 2 theme of tonight’s Under The Dome I’m donating 2 Wildland Firefighter Foundation.”  I hope she sparked a good fire in people’s hearts to do the same.

Eastbound and Down heads back to the Cameron Arts Museum today.