HAMPSTEAD, NC (WWAY) -- From national to local levels, politicians are hot on the campaign trail, including a young, born-and-raised Pender County man. Conservative Chris Millis is looking to be the newest member of the North Carolina House of Representatives. We caught up with the fresh face Saturday at his Hampstead meet and greet.
"I want to meet you. I want to tell you what I believe in. I want to see where you stand,” candidate Chris Millis said. “I want to do my best to be able to protect freedom, liberty and make sure government is acting within its bounds and is being efficient and the best that it can be with your tax dollars."
Chris Millis is a 28-year-old civil engineer and a Pender County native. He’s running for the 16th District spot in the North Carolina House of Representatives.
"Chris is a family man. He has great values,” supporter Debbie Cardamone said. “Chris is also a businessman here in Wilmington. He understands the community. He loves North Carolina. He has great family values. He knows what we need, and he's willing to step up for us, and I admire that."
Millis believes this area, state and country need patriots not politicians. He said he's new to the political realm but believes his strong Christian and conservative values make him the right man for the job.
Millis' goal is to reassess the role of government and stop it from becoming overly oppressive. He stands for education reform, spending reform, regulation reform and tax reform.
"The tax environment that we have to bear, from citizens all the way to businesses is absolutely unbelievable,” Millis said. “We need to have a proper perspective that it is not revenue, but it is the taxpayers' money."
Millis feels the tax and regulatory burdens are keeping businesses and people from coming to our state.
"Just as government has a role, regulation has a role also, but both of those roles need to be limited in order for prosperity and freedom to exist,” Millis said.
Millis says his campaign and his life are rooted in his faith in Christ.
Representative Carolyn Justice currently holds the 16th District seat and has served for nearly a decade. Justice has announced she is not running for reelection and supports Millis' bid.