Voters To Pick 3 For County Commission
Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 26, 2012
By Mike Barnhardt
COUNTY LINE – Five of six candidates for the Republican nomination for county commissioner spoke to voters last month at a forum at the fire department here, sponsored by Woodmen of the World.
Voters on May 5 will likely elect three commissioners, as no Democrats filed for the seats.
Incumbents Mark Jones, Ken White and Richard Poindexter are being challenged by Jeff York, Terry Renegar and Charles Odell Williams, who was the only candidate not at the forum.
Jones said that living in a community such as Davie County, voters can see first hand who they are voting for. “You know what we stand for by who we are.”
A father, husband and Christian, Jones said he is proud of helping found the Davie Pregnancy Care Center, and with his volunteer work in church, with youth sports, as a school board member and on boards. He is a Davie native.
“My door is open every day of the week,” he said, adding that about half of his time at his insurance office is with county business. “That’s an honor. Much of what drives what I do is my faith. I believe in Christ, I’m unapologetic about it.” He is a member of Blaise Baptist Church and a Gideon.
Issues facing Davie County are bigger than individuals, Jones said. He wants Davie to be “the” place to do business in North Carolina. He wants better schools and safer streets. “This county is a blessing from God,” Jones said.
Renegar, a member of the board of education, called that job “rewarding and frustrating.” He says he will bring a “no-nonsense without bias” approach to the job of county commissioner.
A 22-year resident of Davie, he says it is a great place to live and he has no plans to move. He is concerned that Davie County seems to be mimicking national politics – no common ground.
Renegar said his goals will be jobs, safety and less government.
“If this county is going to be successful, we’re going to have to work together,” Renegar said. “People will make Davie County grow.”
A CPA, Renegar said he can look at and analyze facts to determine the best solutions without emotions.
Poindexter is seeking his fifth term on the board. His family has lived in Davie for many generations, he said, and residents now are reaping the benefits of their ancestors. “It is my goal that future generations can say the same about us.”
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