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Iredell County Board of Commissioners {_getChooseLabel(this.selections.length)}

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 in even-numbered years; all serve staggered 4-year terms.

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  • Scottie Brown
    (Rep)

  • Gene Houpe
    (Rep)

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    Melissa Neader
    (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?

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Age (optional) 51
Contact Phone (704) 450-0672
Position/philosophy statement To be a local leader that knows when to listen & to speak, to represent the needs of all, encourage citizen’s involvement through values and respect
Focus on the recovery from covid, through building up the local economy and supporting education. Strongly encourage residents to shop locally. Create opportunities to gather as soon as can be done safely to encourage dollars to be spent locally. Schools, teachers, students and families will continue to need positive reinforcements and encouraging words and actions. Many basic skills such as face to face interactions may need to be practiced. Partnering with faith based organizations to bridge gaps and rebuild relationships.
To have effective knowledge on improving local schools it is important to visit and spend time inside the classroom, cafeteria, gyms, attend games, etc. As a dedicated school volunteer for many years I have seen the importance of seeing and hearing first hand. Encourage workforce ready programs and personally interact with students. Recently the Iredell County Commissioners changed the school funding formula for Mooresville Graded School District and Iredell Statesville Schools, increasing per pupil funding for current expenses by more than $300. They accomplished this by reducing funding for capital expense and were able to do so because the school bond passed in March.
We all realize the negative impact our local economies have taken from Covid, so it is easy to say support and buy local, but to take that to the next steps it is critical to partner with local Chamber of Commerce and support creative solutions and promotions. Additionally, during construction projects, including those with contractors from out of area, strongly encourage local contractors to submit bids and ask construction companies to hire local subcontractors.
Although Social Services are mandated by Federal and State guidelines, it is locally that the needs are seen and heard. Not all clients will meet the requirements to receive the support they hope for, therefore, it is critical to partner with local organizations that will help clients or refer them. To create an environment of a “one stop shop” to provide a tool box of answers and agencies.