Friday, October 12, 2012 — County Commission
Q: A lot of time, effort and money have been spent on the ALCOA re-licensing issue on both sides. What do you think Stanly County’s role in the process should be moving forward?
Of, course there are several counties involved in this issue within the state and Stanly County has taken a particularly strong stance on this issue.
There are a lot of things that are behind the scenes that I don’t know. And, having worked in public service for 24 years and understanding attorney/client privileges and being behind the scenes, I know there’s a lot I don’t know.
Often, I get the question what side are you on? Are you on ALCOA’s side or on the county’s side.
To be honest with you, I’m on Stanly County’s side. And, the analogy I use a lot of times is you have a couple that’s friends of yours and they have children and they get separated or they get divorced and everybody wants to know which side you’re one.
I’m on the children’s side.
I’m working hard. I’m researching and being as diligent as I can be to understand and educate myself on the issues.
However, there are four candidates up here. There’s only one that’s been behind the scenes since day one who’s been privy to all the information and he’s made his stands. No disrespect to Jim or Peter - they’ve made their stands.
Being a criminal investigator for the many years I have, until I can get my hands on every piece of information, and until I am satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt, I cannot be boxed into a corner and come out on one side or the other. I just cannot do that.
Now, my individual passion, how I want it to end up, is the common resolve for the betterment of all people, shared revenue going forward, for the next four years, 50 years.