I believe Raleigh has too much power
My defining moment to run for this office came when I was sitting in the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners meeting regarding a proposal, brought forward by a popularly elected county commissioner, to impose a short moratorium on building permits in Catawba Springs.
The very first speaker was a lobbyist from Raleigh who told the county that their lobbyist had helped a law get passed in 2011 that took away most all building permit granting authority from the counties and essentially gave those powers to the state. The county's role in development oversight is all but a formality at this point.
Every single citizen that got up to speak was in favor of a moratorium, yet the commissioners hands were tied by state law and had to strike down proposing a moratorium even if that is what the majority of the county wanted.
Why the hell does Raleigh need this authority? Why should anyone outside of our county get a say in how our county does things? The benefits of laws like these are almost exclusively concentrated on the lobbyist. As it is much easier and cheaper for them to bribe a few powerful legislators in Raleigh, than have to play nice with 100 county commissions throughout the state.
We need someone in Raleigh who will stand up to those who would personally profit from giving fewer bureaucrats more power, we need someone who will put their district and county's interesting ahead of their own personal ambition.
I dedicated 10 years of the my life to the Marine Corps, fighting the enemies of our nation, because I believe you only get to criticize how things are being done, if you are willing to dedicate your time and get your hands dirty doing what you feel is just and right. I still feel that way, I will always feel that way. That is why I am willing to dedicate my time and get my hands dirty fixing the problems I feel we have in North Carolina.