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Brunswick County Board of Commissioners District 3

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 2 or 4-year terms.

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    Bill Flythe
    (Dem)

  • Patricia (Pat) Sykes
    (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?

Age (optional) 75
Contact Phone (910) 547-8452
email address wfly@bellsouth.net
Position/philosophy statement Philosophy – As a public servant, I will be a strong supporter of local schools, promoter of economic development, protector of the coastal environmen
Protection of the coastal environment will be a very issue in the next two years. I will propose a resolution(s) opposing such destructive practices as seismic testing and offshore drilling. Local legislators in the NC General Assembly will be encouraged to support policies that will increase monitoring and testing for Gen-X, coal ash chemicals, and other pollutants in the source of our drinking water (Cape Fear River). The Board will be asked to address flooding problems in the County by updating the local land use plan (UDO).
Based upon the devastating effect of COVID-19, the Board should increase the “percentage formula” for funding schools. Additional funding would provide internet access and computers to ALL student homes, full-time bus drivers, and additional social workers/counselors. Since many students did not make a conscientious effort to participate in virtual learning activities during the COVID-19 shutdown, a position for a “virtual attendance or engagement” officer should be created at each school.
Economy – The Board should expand partnerships with Brunswick Community College and area businesses. The industrial parks (3) and natural resources in Brunswick County should be developed along with the appropriate infrastructure. The Board should ask the NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to reactivate plans for the fourth bridge (Cape Fear Crossing) across the river.

Social Services - The Board would be encouraged to submit a resolution for Medicaid expansion to the NC General Assembly because the number of low income families without health insurance will increase significantly during the COVID-19 period. The food stamp program will have to be expanded and coordinated with local schools. Additional funding should be allotted for child protective services so that counseling and supportive services can be provided to families in crisis.
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