Drug addiction in Carteret County is reaching epic proportions. According to the North Carolina Health and Human Services, Carteret County suffered a 56% higher rate of unintentional medication and drug overdoses compared to the state average.
In 2017, the current Board of Commissioners declared the Opioid Crises a public nuisance and helped fund a detox center in Onslow County. But what have they done since then?
If elected, I would advocate for a long term treatment facility in the county. When addicts have access to local treatment, they are more likely to succeed. They have the support of their families, are able to work, and can become productive members of our community.
People are dying and families are suffering. We CANNOT afford the cost of doing nothing.
The supply of affordable housing was a problem before Hurricane Florence hit. Now it is a crisis. Other cities have addressed this problem and found economical ways to develop affordable housing. Unfortunately, our local leaders have not taken any steps to tackle this crisis.
According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition, Carteret County renters must have an average hourly income of $16.71 to responsibly afford a two-bedroom apartment. Unfortunately, the average hourly worker makes $10.66. We need more rentals available to increase competition among landlords to lower rent rates.
Our community needs a leader who will advocate for both renters and potential homeowners. As County Commissioner, I promise to work closely with our local municipalities to encourage and develop affordable housing options throughout Carteret County.
Our children deserve the best we can provide. This means supporting and fully funding our teachers and school staff. Without the resources needed, our children and our community's future will suffer. As Commissioner, I will listen to the Board of Education and support their needs to allow growth, safety, and resources for all children. Additionally, I believe the Board of Education is its own entity voted on by the public, and the Board of Commissioners should not dictate how funds are spent. There needs to be a healthy separation between the Board of Commissioners and the Board of Education.
Transparency in our local government 𝗠𝗨𝗦𝗧 be business as usual. It creates accountability, reduces appearances of corruption, and increases community engagement. If elected, I guarantee I will not participate in unethical behavior, back door deals, or questionable voting. I believe commissioners should be held to the highest standard when performing their duties.
𝘾𝙤𝙢𝙢𝙞𝙨𝙨𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙚𝙧𝙨 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙠 𝙖𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙥𝙚𝙤𝙥𝙡𝙚, 𝗡𝗢𝗧 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙨𝙥𝙚𝙘𝙞𝙖𝙡 𝙞𝙣𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙩 𝙜𝙧𝙤𝙪𝙥𝙨.
I am a fiscally conservative Democrat. We need to make sure our money is used wisely, to the best benefit, and 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧 the budget. I also believe that we need to tackle the hard problems that have been ignored for too long. The county budget needs to be reviewed line by line to ensure we are not wasting any taxpayers dollars, and if need, re-appropriate funds to build a better community.
We must keep our ocean and waters clean. So much of Carteret County's economy comes from our waters. Whether through commercial fishing, tourism, education, or research, our waters provide a vast array of industries with income. Additionally, many of those industries need healthy sea life to be successful. Off-shore drilling is proven to disrupt marine life; even seismic surveys can harm or kill marine life. For these reasons, I do not support off-shore drilling.
Additionally, Carteret County is behind the times regarding recycling. There should be recycling bins throughout the county located at county parks, beaches, schools, and facilities.