5th District Candidate: Josh Thornton

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Party: American.
Age: 41.
Residence: Rock Hill.
Family: Wife, April. Son, Wilson.
Education: Graduated from high school in Mount Zion, Ill., in 1993.  Received bachelor’s degree in math education from Millikin University in Decatur, Ill., in 1997.
Employment: Math teacher and technology catalyst, Trinity Episcopal School in Charlotte.
Civic involvement: Volunteer, Hope Haven Inc.; Tyson’s Forest subdivision’s HOA Pool Committee.
Political experience: None.
Top issues:
◆ Health care – Develop a plan that is affordable, efficient and available. Make mental health care more available. Bar any public official who is receiving donations from the health care lobby or special interests from serving on a committee that is developing health care legislation.
◆ Education – Focus funding on training and maintaining teachers instead of standardized testing. Create more vocational job-skill training for students to better prepare them for the jobs of the future. Train more teachers in accommodating students with special needs.
◆ Partisan gridlock – Try to eliminate the aisle by creating a Common Sense Caucus that would bring together center-leading legislators from both parties. This group eventually would determine the outcomes of most votes in the House and Senate. When the caucus grew large enough, there would not be enough votes from the right or the left for any bill to pass. Therefore, each side would need the support of the Common Sense Caucus to get any bill passed.