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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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  • Kevin Berger
    (Rep)

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    Ann Brady
    (Dem)

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    Jeff Johnson
    (Dem)

  • Jimmy Joyce
    (Rep)

  • Reece Pyrtle
    (Rep)

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    Mark Richardson
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

Identify the most serious issue you see facing the community you will represent? How will you address this issue once you are in office?

What life or professional experience has prepared you for this position?

In light of the recent need for remote learning/teaching, how do you propose to fund training and equipping students, teachers and families to prepare for this now and in the future?

What do you propose to better equip, train and prepare county residents for the jobs of the future?

What is your position on the need for one nurse in every public school? What, if anything, about the COVID-19 pandemic changed your views?

Are you in favor of county-level support for DACA recipients? Why or why not? If in favor, what support would you propose?

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Age (optional) 68
Contact Phone (339) 932-1687
email address AnnBrady4ROC@gmail.com
Position/philosophy statement I will bring balance to our Commission, act with fairness and respect, and work for you.
Today the most serious issue is to address the COVID-19 pandemic. We need to find ways to minimize the spread of the virus while working to safely open schools and businesses. We must find supports for people who cannot now provide for themselves or their families and help students access safe learning options. After the virus is contained we must help businesses rebuild, communities resume leisure and work opportunities, and students recover lost learning opportunities.

I would support local programs that support families in need (i.e., Good Stewards’ efforts). I would work with community agencies to minimize the spread of the virus and to provide for residents needing help with food, healthcare, and/or housing.

Despite recent spikes in infections, many people are not taking the virus seriously and are refusing to wear masks, distance, and wash to reduce risks. We need local officials to both model and advocate for appropriate practices and effectively communicate the threat. An incentive program could help to reward safe practices (such as small monetary awards to selected compliant customers in stores).

For the future we need to first restore lost businesses and jobs. I would work with community leaders on creative ways to safely open businesses and schools while the virus is still a threat, and then to restore lost opportunities and eventually work towards expansion after a vaccine allows normalcy.
I have lived in Rockingham County for 45 years and claim it as my home! I retired from the public school system after 38 years. My undergraduate degree was in mathematics and my doctorate is in clinical psychology. My professional positions have included public school administration (Special Education Director), school psychology, university instructor, and state consultant for federal grants.

My professional experiences have included budget management, journal reviews, doctoral student supervision, grant writing and implementing, workshops on special education issues, teaching, test development, writing state level policies and regulations, school safety teams, compliance with laws and regulations, research, supervising staff, and research. Additionally I have served on numerous boards and task forces on topics including mental health, crises, DHHS, environment, and state level special education policy and test development.

In addition I have owned a small business (selling tack) and currently manage a horse farm. I garden, hike, and can use a bush hog!

My experiences working with the public, developing and managing budgets within finite resources, managing a program (special education) with extensive regulations and laws, working with the public, writing grants, and living in this beautiful county provide the background needed to be an effective county commissioner who can listen to many voices and solve problems.
The need for access to the internet across our county became acutely apparent during remote learning (and remote businesses) so a top priority will be for the county to work to provide broadband access everywhere. Beyond that, the commissioners provide a part of school funding and as much as possible should help by providing additional resources. I believe that the schools best know how to use their funding to maximize learning. Additional funding (local, state, and/or federal) will be needed not only to support students during remote learning but to provide the staff and supplies needed to make any direct face-to-face instruction safe (i.e., supplying masks, cleaning supplies, renting spaces to distance students). I believe schools need to open even if only on a part time basis as soon as they can do so safely. Any safe reopening will require additional resources until the virus is eliminated.

Providing additional funds to help schools during this pandemic therefore would be a priority.
Rockingham County must be inviting for professionals, skilled workers, and new businesses. Improved employment opportunities and facilitating the training needed to be successful in those opportunities are also key to an improved economy. Economic development is complex and multidimensional. Policies to improve our economy must focus on improving employment opportunities through effective education and workforce development programs; incentives for future new manufacturing and distribution companies; provision of county-wide internet and cell access; and encouragement of small businesses, tourism, and recreation.
We need a nurse in every public school in Rockingham County. As the former Special Education Director, I relied heavily on our school nurses for input and services for many of our students with special needs. Some students need medical management on a regular if not daily basis. Additionally, I relied on them to help with medical screenings as part of evaluations to determine needs. I helped to develop a program that funded school psychologists in high school health centers to coordinate with nurses; through that program I became acutely aware of the importance of nurses to the well-being of many students!

Students who are sick cannot effectively learn and are at risk of infecting other students. Students without health care providers often do not have the health assessment and/or medication management they need. Nurses in schools provide many services to help keep students in school. They provide liaisons to health-related community agencies, screenings (vision and general health) for all students, direct nursing care, emergency and injury care including planning and training, serving on crisis teams, instruction and oversight for medication administration, and training for school staff and supervision in provision of care for students with special health care needs.

I have always advocated for nurses in all schools. The COVID-19 pandemic has made this need even more critical as we work to safely return schools to in-person and on-site instruction.
I favor county-level support for DACA recipients. These people have been in our country for at least 13 years and are currently less than 40 years old. According to a local expert on the subject, these young folks have been thoroughly vetted before being accepted to the program, are hard workers, and have good academic grades. They have been told they would lose their status and are not safe from deportation. Many of these people do not remember their original countries; they proudly see the USA as their home.

At a local level, I would expect to support them first and foremost by letting them know they are accepted and welcome in our community and to do what I could to protect them from deportation solely based on their immigrant status. I would have to research available supports, but in general would expect them to have the same supports available to others including health and human services as well as access to education.
Age (optional) 42
Contact Phone (580) 647-2602
Position/philosophy statement I believe in giving everyone equal opportunity and resources while making sure budgets are balanced.
Improving the economy on the northern part of the county. I will work with local officials to identify solutions to address.
I've been in Quality for 12 plus years which requires me to address problems with teams that can help identify the right solutions.
I'm concerned mostly for kids that don't have a home that's conducive to learning so we need to find solutions to help them. We would reach out to state and federal government to help fund a gap but someone would still need to pay for it which is harder with a smaller tax income. We would need to look at ways to cut costs in other areas without affecting teachers.
Build a team of local businesses that can provide input into the training they will need for their future employees. We would then take that information to develop needed training in schools.
There has always been a need for nurses in every school, especially in schools that have higher percentages of low income students that don't usually get visits to the doctor. This would also help with making sure that we check in on high risk kids.
DACA is a must for families that are in limbo of where their home is. We must continue to protect them and speed up the process for citizenship.
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Age (optional) 7o
Contact Phone (336) 549-0246
Position/philosophy statement I believe in this country, it's founding principles and the constitution. I am conservative, especially with public money!
Work force readiness and upgraded career opportunities. We obviously have corona virus concerns also, but we are controlling the spread and improving our response through our local health agencies and we are learning to deal with this issue. For the extended future, I want our citizens to have greater career opportunities here in our county; more and better jobs! We need to equip our work force to fill these jobs. Programs like ROCK-A-Top and occupation courses in out public schools/community college are superb training vehicles for this effort. I have been active in promoting these programs and intend to continue working to provide more options for our citizens. I am also the Chairman of the Piedmont Triad Workforce Development (PTRC) which aims to increase the preparedness of our residents on a regional basis. A highly qualified labor force is the biggest draw to new business. We have been successful in increasing job opportunities. I will continue and increase the effort to upgrade our workers and offer higher paying and more rewarding employment. My ultimate goal for all Rockingham County residents is an improved quality of life. The first step is putting well qualified workers in rewarding career fields.
My major career positions include being a farmer (in Rockingham County), an Air Force Officer/fighter pilot, a teacher, a principal, a business man and a county commissioner. All these positions have provided not only a variety of experience, but the opportunity to lead. I feel a variety of hands-on activities create an appreciation of the activities and priorities of my fellow citizens. This empathy and familiarity our common experience is essential in making decisions on behalf of the county. It is important to be connected emotionally, even you have most of the "facts" when resolving issues that will ultimately impact your neighbors. My background has made me knowledgeable in environmental, technical, educational, economic, human relations and particularly leadership. I feel all these skills are essential assets in government.
We are already seeking grants/allotments from federal and state resources for this increased needs. We are also collaborating with our school system to improve internet connectivity. Our county IT department is working in concert with RCS to improve services. We will use our county libraries as an additional venue for distance learning. We are seeking expansion of broadband coverage throughout the county. We have obvious shortfalls that must be addressed. I will keep up these efforts and seek initiatives that will prepare and equip the citizens of Rockingham County.
I am strong advocate of technical training. It needs to be made available earlier in secondary schools and be connected with the community college to provide the appropriate level of training for all occupational students, We have good facilities for this and continue to improve them. An example is the advanced technical training facility at RCC. We are making higher education more available economically in our county through the Rockingham Promise program. I am an advocate of expanding that initiative. Finally we need to encourage our young people, even prior to high school, to become familiar with career opportunities. Students need to identify their options earlier and we need to provide the pathways that take them to a more rewarding future.
The COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized to importance of not stretching our school nurses too thin! Nurses will have additional responsibilities in minimizing infections risk and dealing with the pubic. I certainly support having a nurse in every public school or as a minimum reviewing the workload and responsibilities of that position so that it is not understaffed or our students under served.
Though I am open to considering county-level support for DACA recipients, I am not in favor of doing so at this time. We should be consistent with the rest of the state and nation. We also need to consider the economic demands of other county financed programs. I would propose an assessment of the demand, cost (in human and financial terms), benefits and public support before obligating the county.