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Currituck County Board of Commissioners At-Large

Currituck County is governed by a seven-member Board of Commissioners, elected at-large in county-wide elections to serve four-year staggered terms. Five members must reside in specified districts, and two members are elected at-large. The Board elects a Chairman and Vice-Chairman at its December meeting. The 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.

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    Mary (Kitty) Etheridge
    (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) 71
Contact Phone (252) 339-3531
Position/philosophy statement To serve ALL citizens of Currituck County with honesty and integrity. I will follow those principles religiously.
Controlling growth, especially in the Moyock area, protecting farmland and wetlands, improving standards for subdivisions, protecting our shorelines, and keeping our taxes stable.
I recognize the most important resource in our County is education. When a business wants to relocate to an area, the local education system is an important component in their decision. Just recently, our Board of Commissioners has given their support to the Board of Education to move forward with the process of accreditation of Currituck County High School. I feel this will be of a great benefit to our school and our county. Yes, the Board of Commissioners do not sit school policies but when asked, will support endeavors for the betterment of education. Our job is to fund the Board of Education's budget.
Encourage Maple Commerce Park commercial ventures and encourage business growth through out our county. Also our Economic Director will be given new duties to make it easier for a business in our county to succeed. When a new business is interested in coming to Currituck County, he will assist them in understanding our rules and regulations, walking them through the process. Hopefully, this will make if easier for them to be a success!
I presently serve on the Department of Social Service board. Under the leadership of Director Samantha Hurd and the commitment of the Board of Commissioners, the quality of services for our citizens is not an issue.