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Johnston County Board of Commissioners District 4

The 7-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 represent districts and are elected county-wide in even-numbered years; all serve staggered 4-year terms.

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    Alan Lamont
    (Dem)

  • Larry Wood
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

What is the most important issue the County Commission will have to address in the next two years?

What kinds of policies, if any, will you pursue to promote social and racial equality in the county?

How would you rate your county’s public education system?

If you rated the county's public education system below excellent, what proposals would you support to improve it?

How would you rate the quality of social services your county is providing?

What policies would you propose to improve access and quality of social services in Johnston County?

Are there policies you believe can be enacted that would improve the economy of Johnston County in the next two years? Explain.

What kind of policies would you pursue, if any, to address the issue of climate change at the county level?

email address alan.lamont@outlook.com
Position/philosophy statement My campaign goal is to bring a modern, progressive voice to the Johnston County Board of Commissioners.
The public school system needs the full support of the Board of Commissioners, and the Board of Education has had a turbulent year for various reasons. It is crucial that the Board of Commissioners provides strong oversight and does not entirely outsource the duties of running our school system to the Board of Education. We need Commissioners who are willing to be champions for public schools to ensure that our children and educators are taken care of. In 2020 this is more important than ever.
We must seek to continually strive for equality in our County - this is not an issue where we can check a box and declare that we have achieved equality for all. It takes commitment and hard work at all levels of society, and it is imperative that our representatives in local government lead from the front on this issue alongside civic and religious leaders. If I am elected I will defend the rights of minorities at every opportunity to ensure they are properly represented. In 2020 it is not enough to say we are not racist - our leaders must be firmly anti-racist and work to end institutional and cultural racism at all levels.
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COVID-19 has revealed flaws in our education technology that can be truly frustrating for parents. We must ensure our teachers are properly equipped to teach a virtual curriculum that keeps our children engaged and interested in their classwork. Some of the platforms we use to educate our children are simply not good enough, and we need to ensure our school system is able to select the best possible virtual learning solutions for our children rather than the cheapest.

There is also the complete lack of oversight that has led to the loss of many millions of dollars in the Johnston County School System. The short-sightedness of some of those on the boards of education and commissioners has left us with a mess that needs to be fixed, and this must be a top priority for our Board of Commissioners.
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With COVID-19 impacting so many of our citizens' livelihoods it is crucial that we continue the initiative to place a moratorium on utility shutoffs. The county also needs to ensure access to food, diapers and sanitary products for every person who needs it.
We need to continue investing in infrastructure to ensure that we keep up with the growth in population. This means continued investment in roads and traffic management. Part of this lies in ensuring we are receiving the support we need from the State agencies. Another key component is to ensure that developers who reap the benefits of our housing boom are doing their part to contribute to the improvements that come with growth.

I was also saddened to see that we no longer have the Johnston County Express bus between downtown Raleigh and the Cleveland community. I will push for the reintroduction of public transportation links for commuters from Johnston County to Raleigh.
All elected leaders must acknowledge the overwhelming scientific evidence that climate change is a real and serious threat. As County Commissioner I would strongly advocate a plan for the county to implement an environmental sustainability program that is certified by an independent third party. I would also push for a plan to assess greenhouse gas emissions for all county departments to determine where we can improve. Lastly, any approach to sustainability must address water conservation/quality, waste reduction/diversion/recycling, and air quality.
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