The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

September 21, 2012

A few reasons as to why I’m running


Friday, September 21, 2012 — Everyone has a trigger point that gets them involved in politics. Two controversial topics motivated me to step into the political arena.

The first is ALCOA, which is the county’s hottest topic.  The other, that has slid under the radar, is Senate Bill 411 that Rep. Justin Burr pushed into legislation last year under the cover of darkness.

The most controversial part of SB411 took away the power of the school board to appoint members to the Stanly Community College Board of Trustees and gave the power to the commissioners.

It didn’t make sense as to why this was done. SCC has been pretty progressive. In addition to building a second campus in Locust, they host the successful Stanly Early College.

Under information received under the North Carolina Public Records Act, I found it interesting that in the first week of June, Burr sent a letter to the school board members asking them to appoint Karmen Mock Phillips to the board of trustees.

Instead, it looked as if the school board was going to appoint Darrell Almond rather than Phillips. Within two weeks of sending the letter of recommendation, Burr put together legislation that stripped the school board’s power to appoint and gave it to the county commissioners.

At the first meeting in July, the commissioners appointed Phillips to the position. It’s interesting that Burr, Phillips and Almond are all Republicans.

On the surface it looks like one Republican was thrown under the bus to appoint a friend to a governmental board. Perhaps Burr’s motivation was more about cronyism rather than the betterment of Stanly County.

If elected, I will have a public debate about SB411 to see if the bill is good for Stanly County. If it isn’t, I will work with legislators in Raleigh to reverse SB411.

Peter Asciutto


Republican Candidate for

Stanly County Commissioner