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The 5-member Board sets the policy for the county, determining the strategic vision for the county, appoints a county manager, attorney and others to serve the county, adopts ordinances, including zoning, and establishes an annual budget, which includes setting the tax rate and calling bond referendums. Commissioners are elected at-large in even-numbered years; all serve staggered 4-year terms.

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    Richard B. Helms, Sr.
    (Rep)

  • Scarlett Hollingsworth
    (Dem)

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    Marty Moffat
    (Dem)

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    David Williams
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

What is the most important issue the County Commission will have to address in the next two years? (YouTube video link or 700 characters max if text)

What is the most effective role the county commission can play in improving the local schools? What policies or funding will you suggest when elected?

What policies will you propose to improve the economy of your county?

What policies would you propose to improve the quantity and quality of social services in your county?

The health and safety of our citizens. However this has many different faces. Getting our children back in school safely Well trained Human Services support and staff Adequate, well trained Law enforcement Access to clean/safe drinking water Safe roads
Working with the schools to ensure that their needs are met. This is accomplished with open communication and joint sessions to understand and validate their true needs. As the funding body for schools it is imperative that we work together to ensure the best use of our taxpayers funds.
The School of Government suggest that the ratio between the residential and commercial tax base should be 60% residential and 40% commercial. Our is 82/18. In 2019 we made a significant improvement is that ratio. The COVAD put a stop on that progress. During the next 4 years we need to grow our commercial base to relieve the tax burden on our residents. We have added and need to continue to make available business parks to attract business.
In the past several years we have expanded our social services adding numerous Social Service Support staff to ensure that our children has availability to emotional support services. We added staff to our schools and this is something that we need to continue. We also expanded our Social Service facilities and we need to continue to staff those services.
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Contact Phone (412) 956-0056
email address mail@martinmoffat.com
Twitter @marty4union
Position/philosophy statement Working Together to make Union County Better and Serve the needs of our very diverse county Citizens
I believe it is most important to develop a detailed and aggressive infrastructure plan that includes supporting our significant population growth with proper water and utilities, better quality and expanding roads, new county schools, shopping and recreation options. In addition, low cost and reasonably affordable multi-unit and single family housing options for lower income citizens.
This is one of the most important issues for our County Commissioners to address. Due to the population growth in the last 5-7 years, our county's schools are both crowded and in need of better organization to be most effective and efficient. The role the BOC should play is to properly fund, and manage the need for physical buildings to accommodate the required space for students, teachers, administrators, and extra-curricular activities.
Our economy is booming and our tax base is growing rapidly. I think the issue is not our county's economy, but rather how we should manage our growth by anticipating the basic needs of the county's citizens across a very diverse cultural and socio-economic demographic.
I believe it is necessary to increase the budgets of the county's Social Services entity in order to provide all the expectations and needs of our citizens. The significant growth we have experienced can cause certain groups of people to be "left behind" without proper advocates to be ready to know and properly address these needs.
Age (optional) 52
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Position/philosophy statement The government that governs least, governs best. Government tends to be most responsive to the people when it is devolved and as local as possible.
By state statute the school board is tasked with governing the Union County Public Schools. The Board of County Commissioners' role is to provide local funding, and be a good steward of those public dollars. I am committed to funding the public schools and seeking value for every dollar spent.

That being said, one pressing issue I intend to address is the digital divide. There are many areas of our county where high-speed broadband internet access isn't even available to many in the student population. Increasingly, access to remote learning and education is paramount to securing educational and career opportunities in the 21st century With the advent of COVID-19, we are heaping even more remote learning expectations on the public schools that we can not fairly expect them to deliver by themselves.

The best thing Union County can do to encourage economic growth is to keep taxes and obstacles to free enterprise to a minimum. Beyond that, we should stop subsidizing high-density residential development, and should instead seek more commercial development that pays for itself. If we want folks in Union County to be more than a bedroom community then we must adopt policies that will encourage residents to work and play here and not just sleep here.
In Union County we are fortunate to have cultivated wonderful relationships between local government and not-for-profit entities including the Safer Communities Coalition, Ground 40 and the Union County Community Shelter among others. If elected I intend to extend these relationships further.