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Dare 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 are elected at large in even-numbered years and serve staggered 4-year terms. Six must reside in a specific district; one is at-large.

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    Danny Couch
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

What is the most important issue the Dare County Commission will have to address in the next term? (Youtube answer, or text, or both.)

What policies will you propose or support to improve the economy of Dare County?

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 would you propose to improve the quantity and quality of healthcare and/or social services in Dare County?

What is your stance on the permitting of off-shore drilling and seismic testing along the N.C.coast?

Age (optional) 60
Contact Phone (252) 475-4477
email address danny.c.couch@gmail.com
Position/philosophy statement Moderate Democrat - fiscally conservative/socially liberal
Sustaining economic growth and simultaneously managing the environment - a thriving economy and natural resource protection are not mutually exclusive. Cape Hatteras Nat'l Seashore, Jockey's Ridge and Alligator River are cases in point.
I'm in favor of encouraging growth but not at the expense of local quality of life - it's a challenge to reconcile the two at times but a strong economy generally aids those things that make Dare a great place to live and thrive.

Tourism and hospitality need to be supported - it's who we are and what we do. There's not a lot of room for economic expansion outside that fact (we'll never have an Amazon call center etc) but because we have built the OBX brand over time and with great effort, we should seek to nurture that growth as much as possible. Let's be good and do the best we can, at what it is we do.
COA's Roanoke Island Campus will prove to be of great benefit on several levels, including early college and the Dare Guarantee local scholarship program. Of more concern to me in the immediate future is the status of early childhood education in Dare - it's not in a good place right now due to COVID-19. We're fortunate to have Dare Co. Children and Youth Partnership which provides valuable support and guidance and is attacking the issue as we speak.

Regarding Dare Co. public schools and funding, Dare BOC, leadership and staff listens to the BOE and district administration and communicates/works effectively together to address challenges and remedy issues - there's a lot of experience in Dare gov't and Dare schools to solve problems and examine/scrutinize trends.
Dare Health and Human Services and Dare Social Services do a great job with the tools they have. We're known throughout the state and in my travels with the BOC, I hear feedback - and in some cases in some parts of the state, envy - from the mountains to the coast. We have done more and much with less. You can't just throw manpower and money at improving healthcare and social services but you can support and boost our people. That's what we've done in Dare. I continue to marvel at the management of COVID-19, our children, and our seniors and the ability to rally our employees. I assure you, Dare gov't employees have an infectious, enthusiastic morale and a willing can-do attitude.
No way - its unnecessary. Count the cost. Why are we chasing oil and gas when technology is growing so rapidly, that other alternatives consequently have never been so attainable?