Why I’m Running for Office
I have been involved in my community through various organizations and leadership positions throughout my adult life. I believe that finding solutions and resolving differences requires consensus building combined with listening skills. I promise to bring my experience, my passion for Eastern North Carolina and my determination to create a bright future for our area to the North Carolina House of Representatives.
As a father, grandfather and business owner, I am concerned with the state of education, jobs, and healthcare in our great State. As a parent of 4 children who went through Edgecombe County Public Schools who now all hold degrees from North Carolina universities, I am deeply worried about the future of our public education system.
We lag behind the rest of the nation in job creation with Edgecombe County being particularly hard hit in the areas of unemployment and job losses. We must invest in innovative technology, green jobs, and clean energy to attract businesses as well as to develop our tourism and other service business opportunities throughout Edgecombe and Martin Counties.
Here are the basics of my background –
Born in Tarboro NC April 26, 1950
Graduated UNC at Chapel Hill in 1973 – BS Degree in Industrial Relations
President/Owner of Rural Equity Corp. a NC Real Estate & Advisory Services company founded in 1983. NC Real Estate Broker, GRI, GREEN, ABA License Number: 38723
Married to Mary Ann Holderness since 1983. We have 4 children and 6 grandchildren. Assorted dogs and chickens complete our family.
Distinguished Citizen Award – 1996 – Tarboro Edgecombe Chamber of Commerce
Outstanding Support & Service Award – 1994 – Community Enrichment Organization
Lewis Hines Award – 2000
Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow
Service Positions Held
Member – Howard Memorial Presbyterian Church
Founding Member – Edgecombe County Tourism Development Authority
Founding Member & Past Chairman – Nash-Edgecombe Down East Partnership for Children
Founding Member & Vice Chairman – Tarboro Area Development Corporation
Board Member – Carolinas Gateway Partnership – Economic Development Organization for Nash & Edgecombe Counties
Past President – NC Society of Farm Managers
Past President – Tri County Industries (Workshop for the Handicapped)
Board Member – Tarboro City School Board (6 years)
Board Member – Tarboro Community Outreach – Shelter & Food Bank
Board Member – Nash Edgecombe Common Ground
Coach – Tarboro High School Men’s Tennis Team