When I announced that I was going to run for County Commissioner many of you asked me why I would be interested in doing this. I would like to answer the question. I am a lifelong resident of Orange County and received my education in the Orange County Schools. After receiving an Associate’s Degree in Agriculture from NC State I returned to the family farm where I continue to raise crops and cattle. Over the years I have been involved in many community organizations, as well as being an active member in Little River Presbyterian Church. Currently I am president of the Board of Directors of the Caldwell Fire Department and serve on the Orange County Planning Board. I am married to the former Sandra Lloyd who grew up in the Orange Grove Community and taught in the Orange County School System for 32 years.
Over the years I have watched our county become more urban. Services increased without addressing our dependence on residential property for tax revenue. County spending was directed toward projects and ideas that many felt were unwise and unnecessary. Because of my interest in how our tax dollars were being spent, in Feb. 2009 I began attending board meetings and work sessions to educate myself on the issues. I also wanted to determine if I desired to seek a board position. Many citizens of the county have approached me to see if I would consider running for the District 2 seat.
I now feel the best way to bring these issues to the forefront is by seeking the District 2 Commissioner’s seat. As we go through the election process, I will address these and other issues in more detail. I invite you to visit my website for information on how you can help us campaign for responsible, common sense county government.