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Cabarrus 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 at large in even-numbered years and serve staggered 4-year terms.

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    Sabrina Berry
    (Dem)

  • Thomas B. Hill
    (Lib)

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    Steve Morris
    (Rep)

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    Barbara C. Strang
    (Rep)

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    Kevin G. Vinson
    (Dem)

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?

Age (optional) 39
Contact Phone (704) 905-6159
Position/philosophy statement Sabrina is committed to working with all municipalities and communities in a relentless effort to improve policies
Education, affordable housing, job creation, job training, local taxes, homelessness, and women in the workforce.
Working with the school board, teachers, and members of the community to address the disparity and cultural differences we see in our schools. Taking a deeper look at the money that's put into resources officers in our schools versus behavior support resources to schools and our exceptional children who are academically challenged.
Create an affordable housing task forest to help surface the issues and development of a plan to address this crisis as well as job creation and job training programs.
Working directly with human services to address the issues that hinder the department from providing needed services
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Age (optional) 66
Contact Phone (704) 932-5126
email address smorris@gem-theatre.com
Position/philosophy statement Facilitating job creation and economic prosperity are my goals as Cabarrus County Commissioner.
Economic Development is #1. Having quality jobs and a strong tax base is essential to be able to pay for all the other services government offers. I will continue to emphasize improved mental health services and efforts to combat substance use.
We can continue to provide funding for facilities and maintenance, supplements to retain and attract high quality teachers. We are proud to have funded resource officers and school nurses for every school in the county. We have also funded mental health positions for many of our schools and strive to provide more.
We will continue to fund and support our economic development efforts to bring new jobs and increased tax base to Cabarrus County. This is even more important as we get past the COVID19 pandemic and assist our local businesses get back to work and profitability.
I hope to see expansion of community based services such as the Dream Center that bring services closer to those that need them. I hope to create additional mental health service opportunities countywide.
Contact Phone (704) 796-3771
Position/philosophy statement Barbara is a 20 year resident of Concord and Juris Doctorate graduate from the Charlotte School of Law is strongly rooted in the Concord and Cabarrus
Cabarrus County has seen a dramatic housing boom over the past several year. Unfortunately, the county is without the infrastructure to support that growth and development. We need to work with NCDOT, Cabarrus County Schools and various other local and state agencies to ensure we can obtain the proper infrastructure to accommodate continued growth. Many of our school are over crowded and we need to look and safe alternative ways to acccomidate our students, such as renovating, and expanding our existing schools, rather than just build new ones. This will ease budget and time constraints in order to complete projects, as well as be a savings to tax payers.
Teacher retention is a big issue in Cabarrus County and we need to ensure we can provide adequate teacher supplements to retain and attract high quality teachers each year. In addition, we need to expand our funding for mental health and exceptional children positions throughout out schools to accommodate our growing population of children in need of these services.
Economic development continues to be at the forefront of improving our county economy. In addition, we need to assist our local businesses. We currently, do offer incentives for large businesses coming into Cabarrus County, but some may not always be the best fit. With any new business coming to Cabarrus County we make sure its a good fit, that will not only provide an economic boost, but ensure technical on the job training and job placement is available to our citizens.

In addition, small businesses are the lifeblood of the U.S. economy: they create two-thirds of net new jobs and drive U.S. innovation and competitiveness. We need to assist our local businesses to ensure they are profitable and will continue to thrize and grow in our County.
We need to engage a variety of stakeholders. Harnessing the collective power of local leaders, partners, and community members, including those who can aid in providing quality social services to all citizens. We need to also ensure we have adequate mental health and substance abuse programs through out the county, and expand our existing services.
Position/philosophy statement To focus on education funding for schools & educators, economic development, and human services efforts impacting mental health.
Continuing to diversify our tax base within the County. It is important to continually adjust strategy so that the economy grows in a healthy and solid direction.
It will be important to continue to advocate for our educators in addition to managing the growth of the County to ensure overcrowding of schools are not an issue. Moreover, it will be equally important considering the potential effects of mental health wellness due to the pandemic that we focus on looking to increase the availability of Mental Health specialist for students and teachers the same, if necessary.
It will be important to identify necessary strategies to diversify our tax base to being in suitable businesses. Economic Development within the County will hinge squarely on the opportunities for small business to prosper.
I would like to focus more on mental health wellness and increase the footprint of facilities to assist citizens in our County. Mental Health wellness is the bedrock to so many other issues that could occur in an individual. Providing assistance to citizens that may not ordinarily have the access to mental health wellness is hugely important to help prevent larger issues such as, homelessness and possibility of other personal crisis.