The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

Local News

April 24, 2014

County Commission candidates express views on issues

(Continued)

Thursday, April 24, 2014 — Scott Efird (Republican)

Personal: 52 years old, married to Tracy Furr Efird, daughter Kerri Dawn Efird (deceased);

Occupation: City of Locust - planning director;

Background: Locust Planning & Zoning & Board of Adjustments-1990-2009 – Chairman -2003-2009, Mayor of Locust – 2009-2012, NC Air National Guard 263rd CCS, Badin, 1983-1989-Rank of Staff Sergeant @ honorable discharge in 1989.

Civic activities: Member of Philadelphia Baptist Church, Stanfield – Head Deacon/Building & Grounds Committee/Cemetery Committee/Asst Sunday School Teacher 4 & 5 year olds, Board of Directors-West Stanly Fire Department-1989-2013, Youth Baseball Coach 1999-2009.

1. I am running for the office of Stanly County commissioner because I have a genuine concern and care about the future and direction that Stanly County will be going forward in the next four years. I am a lifelong resident of Stanly, born and raised, and I am passionate about making this the best county in North Carolina. I know the history and the past struggles of our county. I think that we have a diamond in the rough within Stanly County and I think that we can move forward to make this an even better place to live and also to work. I believe that I am the best candidate because of my true interest and also because of my experience as mayor of the city of Locust and currently as the planner of the city of Locust.

2. I think that the need for jobs within the county is one of the biggest issues that we face — not just jobs, but jobs that offer individuals the opportunity to provide for their families with good pay, benefits, and stability. We have many hard working individuals in Stanly County that are currently out of the work force, but truly want the opportunity to go back to work, and to be contributors to society and not be dependent for basic necessities for their livelihood. We, as commissioners need to focus on creating jobs within the county which in turn makes the county thrive and in turn makes families thrive.

3. I believe that we need to focus on our existing businesses to see where we can help them expand to be able to hire more of our local citizens as employees.  It is obvious that if a business is already established & profitable within the county, that the next step for them would be to enhance and grow and we as a county should be able to encourage that, one way we can achieve this is by reaching out to their suppliers, etc. and see if the suppliers would be willing to move into Stanly County as this would be a win-win for the business by making products easier to obtain and more accessible and to lower cost such as shipping and be on track for Stanly County by creating more jobs all within the natural flow of normal business that the companies already were working together. Stanly County needs to be business-friendly to companies that would like to move here and cut out the red-tape holding them back.  Stanly County needs to be “open” for business.

4. I think that the sales tax referendum on the upcoming ballot is a very good way to provide a beneficial source of additional revenue for the county. With the sales tax referendum, you will reach a broader span of which will include individuals from outside the county also that come into the county to shop and spend their money. This money has been designated to be used for the 800-radio system, which will provide the ability for all of our emergency services, i.e. police, fire, rescue to communicate seamlessly together.

5. This is a hard topic to address. It always has been and always will be…. No one wants new taxes but everyone wants the services, but at a certain point, the need to increase taxes may be needed to address such issues. I think that all available options should be considered and discussed prior to an increase in property taxes. I think that the citizens should be a part of the process whether it be by committees or forums for suggestions, etc. prior to considering an increase in property taxes. Informed citizens are the best kind, we all want to be a part of the process and have our questions and concerns made aware prior to any decision being made.

6. At the present time, I do not have any specific expense or service that I am concerned or that I am focusing on. I do think that we need to observe and monitor closely and to consider for improvements. Running a county should be as with running a household, we need to be sure that we are getting the most bang for our buck and need to get the most for our money. We should look at all services and expenses to fine tune for improvements.

7. I am highly in favor of the new voting format in Stanly County. I think that it gives more representation to all of the citizens in the districts and not just to one area. I believe that past commissioners have had the best interest in mind for Stanly County. This format gives the citizens someone that they know in their particular districts which in turn give a comfort level to know that you can go directly to him or her with any questions or concerns and it be acknowledged.

8. “My Town” by Montgomery-Gentry. This is where I was born and where I was raised and where I will spend all of my yesterdays…. this is my town….

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