I’m running for office for two reasons. The first is to represent all Lincoln County residents in the way they deserve to be represented--and I mean all of the people. I don’t care if you’re black or white, rich or poor, old or young, or even another political party. Every one of us needs a representative who will vote for the interests of Lincoln County. I will be elected to serve this county, not some big out-of-state Political Action Committee, or a rich donor who has never been to Lincoln County.
I’ve lived in this county for over 30 years. My wife, Kristy, and I have raised three smart, successful daughters here. Just like you, I’ve lived through all of your same problems: development problems in the East pertaining to poor traffic infrastructure, to not having high-speed internet access in the West because of a lack of rural broadband.
I know as well as you that some people in Raleigh are looking out for somebody, but it’s not us.
The second reason I’m running is to restore integrity to the State House. Many of you have heard this definition of integrity. It’s what you do when no one is looking. You’ll know what you’re getting with me.
I will refuse to participate in political gamesmanship. Cheap victories and partisan drama does nothing toward getting the business of the people done. It's time we all acted like the constituents, even those that disagree with me, are the most important piece of the legislative process. It's time to take our government back from the politicians.
So, what will I do? It’s very simple. If it doesn’t benefit the people of Lincoln County in some way, I won’t vote for it.
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Dear Lincoln County Family,
A few weeks ago we never thought we’d be where we are today.
How we respond in times like these make a difference for so many. People you know, and people you don’t, are all worthy of compassion, support, thought, and love.
Below is a list of resources you might find useful during this time of uncertainty:
As difficult as these times may be, we can and we must join together. We must support one another -- though at a distance -- and do all we can to slow and stop the spread of this virus, along with the spread of panic and misinformation.
Trying times emphasize why it’s important for those in our government to match the values of the people.
Keep your distance. Check in on your family and neighbors. Wash your hands.
When we help one of us, we help all of us. We’re in this together.
While our teachers are working to educate our county's youth, they are being left behind in Raleigh. It's time to have their back in ensuring safe and sound educations for our students. That's why I will support restoring Masters pay and voting for a larger raise for our state's educators. Another concern is the ratio of guidance counselors to students is disproportionate and worse in situations where more resources are needed. I support programs to lessen the economic burden on students at school, such as free and reduced lunches, and adding more mental health funding to our schools' counseling departments.
Residents of Lincoln County saw the impending traffic concerns as development started rapidly growing years ago. No one listened to the concerns of the people. That's why I'm not in favor of any more studies. It's time we listen to the people who are actually affected by this traffic problem on a day-to-day basis. When elected, I will fight to allocate funding to strengthening Eastern Lincoln County's infrastructure. Our county will only grow more; we must act fast. This is a day-one priority.
Because the NC State Legislature has refused to expand Medicaid in NC, a family of four who has a household income of $33,385 per year doesn't qualify for Medicaid benefits. If Medicaid were expanded, the eligible income level would rise to $36,156. This would benefit as many as 500,000 NC residents. According to the Cone Health Foundation, over 4,400 Lincoln County residents would be able to have Medicaid, 131 more jobs would be created by 2022, and there would be substantial growth in our county's economy by 2022. The physical, mental, and economic health of the citizens of Lincoln County has to be a priority.
It's 2020, but our current representative isn't recognizing that many of our residents aren't living in this new decade with the technological advancements they should have. High-speed internet should not be a luxury. Our small business communities, especially in the agricultural sector in the West need high-speed internet to conduct their business and make competitive profits. It's time to tackle this and stop putting it off.
Greg has been serving meals to Lincoln County residents for over 10 years through the Lincoln County Christian Ministries LincMeals program.
Greg works hard to encourage Lincoln County Youth to become involved in their community. He urges them to speak up and is always willing to listen to their concerns and ideas.
Greg is always willing to do whatever it takes for his community.
Here he is in the dirt planting for Miss Sue's Community Garden.
And, here he is rolling up his sleeves to work at a church clean-up day as Chair of the Property Committee.
As Chair of the Lincoln County Historical Society, Greg always enjoyed assisting with events such as the Ramseur's Mill Reenactment.