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Moore County Board of Commissioners District II

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 must reside in different districts but are elected at large in even-numbered years; all serve staggered 4-year terms.

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    Ariadne DeGarr
    (Dem)

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    Louis Gregory
    (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 biggest issue facing the Commissioners in the next two years is ensuring that they partner with the Dept. of Health, Board of Education and municipalities to create a clear pathway back from COVID-19. We must build upon things that we did well and quickly improve upon areas where we fell short, like transparency/data communication. This means increased access to healthcare, increased funding of schools, and a specific focus on improving key elements of infrastructure like electricity and broadband deployment, transportation and water/sewage systems. Improving daily operations, while continuing to create a working plan for crises, improves our readiness for whatever the future brings.
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Age (optional) 75
Contact Phone (910) 783-6469
email address louisgregory@nc.rr.com
Position/philosophy statement Being Commissioner is full-time job, and I love it. My goal is to provide quality government without raising taxes.
The key issue is managing growth effectively. Moore County is a great place to live, work, and raise a family. No wonder we are projected to grow by 25% over the next 15 years. But population growth means increased demand for services and infrastructure. We have to deal with this demand while protecting the character of our community. That’s why the County is considering a new land-use plan which, after public input, will protect the approaches to our villages. We must also promote economic growth – a task that includes work force development, public safety, and education. Promoting and accommodating growth requires smart budgeting decisions in order to prevent tax increases.
The Commissioners must continue to work closely with the Board of Education to meet the needs of our children. We will insist that schools be properly maintained and that no child be forced to go to a substandard school. For this reason, we will allocate a sufficient portion of the bond premium generated by the County’s sound fiscal policies to school maintenance. We must also work with the General Assembly to improve State funding for school operational needs and to insist that lottery revenue be fully allocated to education as required by law. The County must work closely with the School Board to understand its spending priorities and to require it to account for its use of funds.
The State of North Carolina classifies us as a wealthy County, but tell that to people who live in areas with little access to good jobs. As a member of the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners, I am advocating legislation to remove inequities and inconsistencies in the current state economic tier system. This means that needy areas in the County will be able to qualify for State funding. An improved economy also depends on attracting new business and jobs to the County. That’s why we have implemented an incentive plan for qualifying new businesses. And that’s why I am a member of the Board of Directors of Partners in Progress.
The Department of Social Services and the Health Department are Moore County’s primary social service agencies. I serve on the Board of Health. Other County agencies (Veterans Services, Transportation Services, Aging, and even Parks and Recreation) also address social needs. These agencies are funded by federal, state, and county dollars. We must continue to provide the County’s share of funding for staff, facilities, and equipment in order to improve the quality of life of those who are served by these agencies. All of these agencies, as well as numerous non-profit organizations, have a tremendous impact on the lives of many Moore County citizens.