Greetings, fellow community members! Last night was a remarkable journey toward public service as I attended my first candidate forum at the Etowah Lions Club. The atmosphere was charged with anticipation, and as I stood before the crowd, little did I know that the evening would be filled with both laughter and tears, creating memories that will stay with me throughout this campaign and beyond.
As I took my place at the podium, I couldn't help but steal glances at my children and family in the audience. Their supportive smiles were a source of strength, grounding me in the values that guide my every step. It was a poignant reminder that my journey is not just mine alone; it's a shared venture, rooted in the love and lessons imparted by my parents, family, and the vibrant community we call home.
As I delved into discussing my values, a wave of emotion swept over me. I found myself openly acknowledging that my principles are not mere political affiliations but deeply ingrained in the upbringing I received from my family and the community that shaped me. It was an unexpected moment of vulnerability, and yes, there were tears – tears of gratitude for the unwavering support that has shaped my convictions.
One of the most profound aspects of the evening was the realization of the responsibility I bear as a potential representative for our county. I articulated my commitment to serving each and every member of our community, transcending political boundaries. It's not about party lines; it's about people, about representing the diverse tapestry that makes up our county.
A heartfelt discussion emerged regarding the need to protect our farms and green spaces – the very essence of our community. These lands aren't just fields; they're a testament to our heritage, providing sustenance and connecting us to our roots. Ensuring their preservation is not just a duty but a pledge to safeguard the legacy we pass on to our children and grandchildren.
As a candidate, my vision extends beyond the present, focusing on creating a community where our children can raise their families with pride. It's about fostering an environment that nurtures growth, ensuring our youth inherit not just a physical space but a thriving community that values education, inclusivity, and prosperity.
In the aftermath of the forum, I find myself reflecting on the incredible journey that brought me to that podium. Last night was more than just a political event; it was a celebration of community, family, and shared values. The tears shed were not signs of weakness but tokens of gratitude for the trust placed in me by the wonderful people of our county.
With renewed vigor and an even stronger sense of purpose, I look forward to continuing this journey, fueled by the support of my family, the lessons of my upbringing, and the shared dreams of our community. Together, let's build a future where our farms thrive, green spaces endure, and our children can proudly call this place home.
As someone stepping into the realm of running for Henderson County Commissioner, I've come to realize that even in our small sliver of Western North Carolina, the specter of partisan politics can cast its shadow, bringing with it challenges and complexities that transcend the tranquility of our community.
Local elections, especially for roles like county commissioner, should ideally be all about the heart and soul of our community. Yet, as if by some cosmic force, national issues have a peculiar way of meandering into our backyard. It's like trying to host a quaint neighborhood potluck only to find that the main course has been preemptively chosen by a distant, unseen committee.
Here in Henderson County, where the concerns of Main Street are as vital as the view from our mountains, the encroachment of national issues can sometimes overshadow our local needs. People are bombarded daily with national news that often eclipses the immediate concerns of our community—like infrastructure improvements, comprehensive plans, and education.
However, rather than succumb to this seemingly unavoidable fate, I believe in approaching local politics with a dose of humor and a hefty sprinkle of practicality. It's about acknowledging the elephant in the room (or should I say, the donkey and the elephant) and steering the conversation back to the heart of the matter: our community's needs.
Running for county commissioner isn't about towing a party line; it's about towing a community forward. It's understanding that the best solutions arise from a collaborative effort—one that embraces ideas from all sides of the aisle and champions partnerships between public and private organizations.
Collaboration isn’t just a buzzword; it's the backbone of progress. It means sitting down with individuals from diverse backgrounds, listening earnestly to their perspectives, and crafting solutions that cater to the varied needs of our county.
While partisan politics may try to build walls, I'm more interested in constructing bridges. Ones that connect us to shared goals—better schools, safer neighborhoods, sustainable development—regardless of political affiliation.
Ultimately, running for Henderson County Commissioner isn't just about winning an election; it's about creating a space where community needs take center stage, where collaboration reigns supreme, and where the collective well-being of our residents is our guiding light.
So, here's to a campaign fueled by laughter, driven by pragmatism, and dedicated to the idea that in our diverse tapestry of Henderson County, our strength lies in our unity and our willingness to work together, irrespective of the political banner we might stand under.
Let's build a brighter future, one collaborative effort at a time.
Cheers to Henderson County!
In a world dominated by cutting-edge technology and rapid advancements, it's crucial to pause and reflect on the legacy left behind by those who navigated a more analog era. My dad, a dedicated electrician for over four decades, not only illuminated homes with his professional skills but also brightened minds as a teacher at the local union. His dedication, craftsmanship, and holiday spirit have left an indelible mark, shaping not just our family's memories but the community as well.
Back in the day, when my dad began his career, the landscape of technology was starkly different. Computers were bulky, cell phones were non-existent, and the tools of his trade were more hands-on. Troubleshooting involved meticulous manual checks and technical prowess that demanded immense skill and patience. As an electrician, his work demanded precision and an innate understanding of electrical systems, often relying on experience and intuition to solve complex problems.
One of the most cherished memories of my childhood was helping my dad to create an enchanting Christmas spectacle. He would spend two entire weekends meticulously stringing up lights, meticulously arranging each bulb to perfection. The end result was nothing short of magical – a breathtaking display that turned our home into a beacon of festive cheer. The effort, love, and dedication he poured into those displays were a testament to his craftsmanship and passion for bringing joy to others.
Fast forward to today, and I find myself continuing this cherished tradition. However, the landscape has shifted dramatically. Technological advancements have revolutionized the process. With programmable LED lights, wireless controls, and smart devices, the task of adorning our home with dazzling lights has become infinitely easier. What used to take weeks now requires a few hours.
As I set up the lights each year, I can't help but reflect on the stark contrast between my dad's era and mine. While the core essence of spreading holiday cheer remains unchanged, the tools at our disposal have evolved significantly. Yet, amidst the convenience, I'm reminded of the values instilled by my father – dedication, craftsmanship, and the importance of preserving traditions.
Honoring my dad's legacy isn't just about putting up lights; it's about embracing the spirit of hard work and celebrating the joy of the holiday season. The ease brought by technology hasn't diluted the significance of the tradition but has rather streamlined the process, allowing us to focus more on relishing the moments with family and friends.
As my children bask in the glow of the twinkling lights, I'm filled with gratitude for the foundation laid by my dad. His dedication to his craft and the community, coupled with his unwavering holiday spirit, continues to inspire me. It's not just about the lights—it's about the memories, the lessons, and the legacy that lives on.
In this ever-evolving world, one thing remains constant: the enduring legacy of those who paved the way. My dad's commitment to his profession, his students, and our family serves as a guiding light, reminding us to cherish traditions while embracing progress. And as I look at the gleaming lights illuminating our home, I'm reminded of the timeless adage: the brightest lights are the ones that carry the most heartfelt stories.
Western North Carolina is known for its picturesque landscapes, lush greenery, and vibrant communities. However, this past weekend, the region was met with much needed somber showers that seemed to dampen the spirits of many. The weather, often a catalyst for outdoor adventures and lively activities, instead slowed down the pace of life. Yet, amidst the steady drizzle, there's a subtle lesson to be learned—a reminder that sometimes, a slowdown can lead to unexpected blessings.
Henderson County has been experiencing rapid growth and development in recent years. The county's charm and natural beauty have attracted new residents and businesses, fostering a bustling environment. However, much like the rain that momentarily halts outdoor plans, there's value in contemplating the necessity of pausing growth for sustainable progress.
Rainy weekends, while seemingly gloomy, provide an opportunity for introspection and rejuvenation. Similarly, a pause in constant development can allow a community to reflect on its path and make thoughtful decisions about its future. In the case of Henderson County, taking a moment to slow down growth could lead to various positive outcomes.
Nature's slowdown during a rainy weekend often encourages individuals to engage in activities they might otherwise overlook. Families gather indoors for board games, friends share stories over cups of steaming cocoa, and individuals immerse themselves in books they've been longing to read. Similarly, when a community slows its pace of development, it can foster a stronger sense of connection among its residents. This can lead to more meaningful collaborations, community-driven initiatives, and a renewed focus on preserving the area's natural beauty.
Moreover, rainy weekends bring a sense of calmness and serenity. The sound of raindrops on rooftops and the earthy scent that permeates the air invite a moment of tranquility—a chance to pause and appreciate the simple joys of life. Similarly, a pause in rapid development allows for the preservation of green spaces and the protection of natural resources. It ensures that future generations can also revel in the beauty that drew people to the area in the first place.
As the rain clouds dissipate and the sun peeks through, let's carry forward the lessons learned from the rainy weekend. Let's embrace the beauty of a temporary pause, understanding that sometimes, the most valuable growth comes from taking a step back.
Western North Carolina's rainy weekend may have slowed us down, but in that stillness, we discovered the beauty of togetherness, the importance of preservation, and the potential for a brighter, more sustainable future.
So, let us not only cherish the rainy weekends but also appreciate the significance of occasional pauses in our lives and communities. For it is in these moments of slowdown that we often find unexpected blessings and opportunities for growth.
Greetings, Henderson County! As the aroma of Thanksgiving feasts fills the air and I multitask between frying two turkeys and concocting the perfect filling (without setting anything on fire), I find myself in a reflective mood. Yes, right in the midst of culinary chaos and campaigning for the Henderson County Board of Commissioners, it’s time for a turkey-filled, laughter-inducing reflection on family values.Picture this: One hand feverishly typing out this blog post, the other frantically chopping celery. A true multitasker in action – a skill I assure you will translate beautifully into multitasking for our county's betterment!
Now, let's talk turkey about family values. As I scramble between writing donation thank you notes and ensuring the fryer doesn’t boil over, it's a moment to cherish the quintessential Thanksgiving values deeply embedded in our families and, yes, in our political aspirations too.
In the midst of a heated debate about county policies, isn’t it uncanny how the need for compromise mirrors the negotiations over which family recipe makes it to the Thanksgiving table? Just as Aunt Cari insists her cranberry sauce reigns supreme, I’ve realized the importance of listening to differing opinions on how to move our county forward.
Ah, the similarities between whipping up a political campaign and whipping up some sweet potatoes! Both require the perfect blend of ingredients, a dash of strategy, and the ability to adapt when things don't quite go as planned. Much like ensuring the filling isn't too runny or too dry, governance demands finding that delicate balance to serve everyone's needs.
As I shuffle between prepping the feast and rallying for your votes, it dawns on me that our family gatherings often mirror the diversity of our community. Just as we come together with our quirks and culinary preferences, the tapestry of Henderson County is woven with an array of perspectives and backgrounds. It’s crucial that we embrace this diversity, just as we cherish the variety of dishes on our Thanksgiving table.
And oh, the valuable lesson of teamwork. I have vast memories of several Thanksgivings. Perhaps it was the year that my cousin’s septic system failed, and we all lent a hand in digging it up. Maybe it was the patience we had as children as dinner was scheduled for 3:00 pm and we didn’t eat until 7:00! As I navigate between campaign team coordination and coordinating multiple dishes simultaneously in the kitchen, the importance of collaboration becomes crystal clear. After all, governance is not a solo endeavor—it's about working together for a common goal, much like orchestrating a seamless Thanksgiving meal.
So, amidst the chaos of pecan pie recipes and policy papers, let’s not forget the essence of family values this Thanksgiving. As we gather around the table, let’s carry forward the spirit of gratitude, inclusivity, and maybe a pinch of humor—because, let's face it, both politics and turkey basting need a good sense of humor to survive!
Here’s to a Thanksgiving filled with delicious food, heartfelt conversations, and a hearty dose of laughter—because, in the end, family values and a well-cooked turkey have a lot more in common than one might think.
Cheers to a fantastic Thanksgiving, Henderson County
Hey there, fellow multitaskers, dedicated parents, and fellow enthusiasts in the wild world of politics! Welcome to my whirlwind of a life, where I'm navigating the incredible journey of running for the Henderson County Board of Commissioners, raising three incredible kids, coaching basketball, organizing a baseball league, and yes, managing a full-time job. Hold on tight – this ride's about to get interesting!
Imagine this: I'm knee-deep in campaign strategies, passionately discussing policy while developing a site plan at my 9-to-5 gig, all while mentally calculating the perfect basketball drill for the next practice session. It's like choreographing a complex dance routine, and trust me, I've got moves!
Running a campaign while juggling a career means my days are a mosaic of diverse tasks. Lunch breaks turn into strategy brainstorming sessions, and drive time is full of recordings from the latest commissioners meeting.
Then, as the sun sets on the corporate world, I transform into a basketball coach, rallying a group of spirited youngsters, trying to convince them that defense wins games while silently praying they don't discover my secret stash of '80s music playlists.
Organizing a baseball league on top of all this? Sure, why not? It's all about managing the chaos with a grin, right? But let's not mention the fact that my family made time to help the local food pantry hand out groceries to over 230 families this week!
Navigating this balancing act has its challenges. I generally wake up around 4 a.m. to get some campaign work in before it’s time to fix breakfast and get the kids ready for school. Then, it’s off to my day job where I get to develop site plans for new construction. After a full day in the field, I will head to the courts (not the judicial kind) and help run practice for 20 youngsters. After that, it’s time to cook dinner and most days I have one late night meeting.
Yet, amid this organized chaos, there are moments that make it all worth it. From witnessing the kids' infectious enthusiasm during games to brainstorming policy ideas inspired by daily work encounters, this rollercoaster ride has its unique rewards.
At the end of the day, it's about embracing this symphony of responsibilities and finding humor in the whirlwind. So, if you see someone in khaki pants with a basketball tucked under one arm and a campaign poster under the other, that's probably me – the multitasking maven of Henderson County!
Honestly, I realize this is not unique to me! I am grateful to all you folks out there who make daily sacrifices for your family and our community! WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!