Debesh Sarkar

2020 Candidate Questionnaire - U.S. Congress, N.C. District 4, REPUBLICAN

Posted 2/28/20

Debesh Sarkar

Date/place of birth: 1945, Calcutta, India

Current occupation: Structural Engineer, N.C. Department of Transportation

E-mail: debeshsarkar108@gmail.com

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Debesh Sarkar

2020 Candidate Questionnaire - U.S. Congress, N.C. District 4, REPUBLICAN

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Debesh Sarkar

Date/place of birth: 1945, Calcutta, India

Current occupation: Structural Engineer, N.C. Department of Transportation

E-mail: debeshsarkar108@gmail.com

Campaign website/social media: debeshsarkar2020.com

Family (names & ages, as of Election Day, of immediate family members): Rajyashree “Shree” Sarkar, 69, spouse; Deboshree Sarkar Chatterjee, 41, daughter; Deboleena Sarkar, 38, daughter

Work history/experience: Senior Structural Engineer, N.C. Department of Transportation, 2001-present; Project Engineer, Arcadis-Giffels, 1995-2001; Senior Project Engineer, BSS Enterprises, 1993-1995; Senior Civil/Structural Engineer, Stone and Webster Engineering, 1977-1993; Structural Engineer, Synergo, 1974-1977; Structural Design Engineer, Catalytic, 1974; Structural Design Engineer, Pavlo Engineering Company, 1973-1974

Party affiliation: Republican

Current and previous elected offices held or sought & terms of service: N/A

Why are you seeking this office?: I have served my community as a volunteer in many ways for years, and now I am offering my service as our Representative in the US Congress. David Price is out of touch with this district. He has been in office too long and doesn’t know what the citizens of CD4 want. It is time for a conservative to represent the people of our District.  

Give us three goals that are specific, measurable and attainable you would have if elected: Improve the quality of our educational system. Help people get better jobs and improve their financial situation. Work to improve our failing infrastructure — this is an area I am very familiar with.

In your mind, what is the biggest issues facing the U.S. and what will you do in Congress to address those issues?: Balance the budget because we have runaway deficit every year.

If you were to win, what would your tenure mean for Chatham County and its residents?: Since there is a nuclear power plant in this county, for the safety reason I want make sure that evacuation routes are properly designated in case there is an accident. If the plant is using lake water, as a precautionary measure we want to know the data if there are any radiation leaks. We do not want to see any accident caused by a preventable error.

What differentiates you from your opponents which makes you the better candidate to represent your party?: I have been teaching young adults the last eight years downtown on a volunteer basis, collecting clothes throughout for many years for the veterans, initiated a program “Teddy Bear and the Comforter” to help out the children who are involved as an accident victims and/or domestic violence victims, and so that our community has a better relationship for the Raleigh Police Department. I have a very in-depth relationship with my community.

Describe how you see immigration and border security and how you will approach them if elected: I support merit-based immigration and the border wall should be built. 

What is the role of the federal government in education and what legislation would you support to fulfill that role?: Government’s role should be to help only those who need help and who really want to improve themselves, not as a charitable concern. 

Describe what you think should be our foreign policy priorities. If elected, how would you advance those priorities? Be specific: Our foreign policy should focus on helping our Allies first and next to be focused on trading partners.

Do you think citizens should have more control over the information collected about them by corporations through the use of companies’ products and services? If so, how would you make that happen?: Yes. Otherwise you will see opioid crisis over and over again. 

Describe what you think should be our country’s economic priorities. If elected, how would you advance those priorities? Be specific: Follow capitalist economic policy. 

What are the biggest challenges in Congress right now and how would you address them: The Democrats in Congress are solely focused on stopping anything President Trump tries to do, even as we are in the biggest economic boom in history. By replacing liberal Democrat David Price, I will help take back the House from the left and then we can move forward and keep making American great again!

Biographical Facts

Political/government hero(s): Reagan/Lincoln/Trump

Favorite book: “Lincoln” by David Herbert Donald

Book most recently read: U.S. Constitution

Favorite film: “Star Wars”

Hobbies: Astronomy

Church/civic involvement: Vedanta Society

Personal motto or one-line philosophy: Honest, hard-working and truthful

Strongest childhood ambition: To become a third-generation civil engineer in my family.

Most significant life goal you’ve accomplished: Becoming an engineer.

Goal you haven’t accomplished yet: Becoming a U.S. Congressman.

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