Issues

Broadband, County tax Bomb, Water Protections, School Funding

2010 proved to be a historic year for the Republican Party in Chatham County.  A traditionally Blue County, Chatham Republicans Walter Petty, Pam Stewart, and Brian Bock swept the commissioner's race for only the second time since the Civil War!  At the time, our economy was on life support and this committed team of Republicans was set on opening Chatham county for Business.  Bock and team were committed to preserving the rural splendor of the county while creating economic development that would help Chatham bounce back years later.  Fast forward to 2014.
Democrats regained power in 2014 and rode the wave of economic growth put into place by Bock and team.  This new trifecta of Democrats want to severely limit economic development that Chatham residents desperately need to decrease pressure on raising personal property taxes to pay for county expenses.  A runaway tax plan, a closed for business blanket zoning policy, lack of governmental transparency by democrats and conversations with voters are what inspired Bock to run once more- to serve Chatham and guide the policies he and his team put into place.  2018 marks a historic moment for Chatham.  Unprecedented growth, 2 megasites, Chatham Park, Environmental concerns looming, and lack of commercial tax revenue demands strong and honest leadership to usher Chatham into this new era.   Most importantly we need to listen to the 70,000 Chatham county residents and get out of private BOC meetings and talk to the people on how they want to govern the county.
Track Record as former Commissioner ON EDUCATION

  • Funded a unique workforce training program giving each High School student the opportunity to earn a trade certification or 2 years of college while in HS at no cost to the families
  • Increased teacher supplement pay without a request from board of education
  • Funding one of a kind school incentive program giving every educator opportunity to earn more
  • Increased funding by more than $700,000 above school board request in 2014
  • Nominated by the school board to receive statewide award for continued support of K-12 schools
  • By increasing school funding over the past several years we have avoided major layoffs seen by other counties in the state
  • Funded critically needed repairs and upgrades to all of our facilities

ON THE ENVIRONMENT

  • Protected Jordan Lake by implementing strict Jordan Lake protection rules that are still enforced today
  • Maintained strong buffers along our rivers and stream
  • Fought against “fracking” legislation to retain our right  to govern and protect our county
  • Initiated project to connect to the City of Durham’s water system, which will provide additional water supply for the NE water district

ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

  • New jobs created in the county increased by 270% in the past 2 years compared to the 2 years before our policies were implemented
  • Capital Investment by private companies increased by over 600% in the same time frame
  • New Payroll in the county increased by over 150%
  • Chatham now has the only state certified industrial mega-site that is   to attract 1000s of new jobs
  • Certification of a 2nd certified industrial site now underway
  • Actively recruited new business to locate to Chatham
  • Actively marketed Chatham County nationally and internationally for the first time 
  • One of the lowest unemployment rates in the state from 2010-2014
  • Revenue from sales tax increased at 2 times the rate of North Carolina
  • Pro-actively assisting new businesses navigate through the start-up process

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