"Alamance County's Best Days Are Ahead!"
WHO AM I
I was born and raised in North Carolina. I am a father of 3, husband from humble beginnings, growing up in low income housing my entire childhood, product of the public school system, and recipient of some of the county services as a child. I bring more than 2 decades of leadership experience from public and private industry. I gained my passion for helping people at an early age as a result of a tragic accident that killed my father (a former Vietnam Vet and Special Forces Soldier). There were not enough EMS resources to transport all the critically injured, resulting in my father being left and later dying on the scene. I am now a former Paramedic Supervisor, who worked in County Government and now working in private industry in Sr Leadership in cancer drug development. I still have a passion for helping people and heart for serving. Having direct knowledge of the inner workings of county government, business acumen, diverse lived experiences, and the proven ability to collaborate with diverse groups and get results, I feel I would be the ideal candidate for Alamance County Commissioner.
WHY AM I RUNNING
I am running because there is a huge need for leadership that can relate to the citizens they serve in Alamance County. I believe Alamance County’s best days are ahead of it. Many residents of Alamance County do not feel that they are being heard as it relates to what matters most to them and their families. Our kids and teachers have been underserved and operating in less-than-ideal conditions far too long and we need to fully fund our school system so that our
kids can learn in environments that are conducive to learning and in a place that they feel proud of. Our teachers need to be awarded an adequate livable wage, that will retain our top talent, promoting stability across the staff. They shouldn’t have to work 2 and 3 just to provide for their families and live in the county. Our first responders and county departments endured a lot during the pandemic and have not gotten the attention they deserve and the funding they deserve to continue to serve our community. We need to increase wages for our county staff and fully fund our first responders to ensure they have the equipment they need should they face new emergencies. I want to promote smart growth and attract business and their employees to work and live in Alamance County while preserving our rural character and farmland. I believe the citizens of Alamance County should determine what our county looks like during this explosive growth we are having, not the wealthy business owners that are looking for cheap land, low taxes, and less restrictions. We need leadership that will not be afraid to make the tough decisions, even if it is not the most popular one with their political party. It’s time to takes steps towards a new path forward in Alamance County, one of inclusion not exclusion.
As a community activist and member of many local organizations, County Commissioner appointed member of the county Planning Board and Local Emergency Planning Committee, among other organizational affiliations, I will work for ALL the men and women across this county to make sure they have a voice amongst county government. I stand with those organizations that fight inequality of all forms including income inequality. If elected, I will promote and welcome community input on all decision that affect the community, including the black, indigenous and people of color. I believe we have shared aspirations regardless of your background and lived experiences, but we need leaders who care enough to listen and take action on behalf of the citizens they serve.
WHAT DIFFERENTIATES ME?
I am the only candidate that has been a public servant as a Paramedic and County employee. I bring a broad range of lived experiences to the table that allows me to relate to the working-class families. I am the only candidate that knows first-hand the challenges county departments face during budget negotiations with county leadership, while trying to serve the county residents to the best of their ability. I have a proven record of getting things done despite political differences while serving on commissioner appointed advisory committees like the Alamance Planning Board and the Local Emergency Planning Committee to name a few. I believe in Alamance County and that we have more in common than we have differences, but we need leadership willing to be laser focused on those things we have in common, so we can do the work of the people we serve.