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Pamela Baldwin and Michael Fiocco, long-time members of Pittsboro’s Board of Commissioners, are seeking re-election as commissioners — but they’re joined on November’s ballot by political newcomer James Vose, a 20-year county resident who’s lived in Pittsboro the last two years.
The top two vote-getters among the three will earn four-year seats on the board.
Here’s a close look at Vose's campaign.
Full name: William James Vose Jr.
Date/place of birth: Rochester, New Hampshire
Current occupation: Small Business Owner of Vose Natural Stone; we are a granite, marble and engineered stone countertop company.
Campaign website/social media: www.GoVose.info
Family (names & ages, as of Election Day, of immediate family members): son William, 23; son Waylon, 13.
Party affiliation: Independent
Current and previous elected offices held or sought & terms of service: N/A
Campaign manager: Dr. Jennifer Platt
Custodian of Funds: Linda Batley
I’m running for Town Commissioner because I was encouraged to. And I’m now at a place in my life where I can devote the effort truly needed to do this job well. After discussing it with my sons, we decided that now was the ideal time to step up and support this community, engage with neighbors, and have a positive influence in the growth that is already underway. I humbly ask for your support and your vote.
As a representative of the voters of Pittsboro, it will be my job to understand their concerns and to voice them at town meetings. My 45 years of life experience that include running a successful small business, serving in the US Army, and founding an impactful nonprofit organization operating on two continents are skills where I’ve learned the compassion & the discipline that will serve the citizens of Pittsboro well.
I believe that growth should pay for itself. My budgetary philosophy would be to strive for sensible spending coupled with the idea that Pittsboro’s municipal cost increases are due to the increases in development. Beyond that, I would look to the voters.
I will listen to the citizens’ views and bring them to the town board. All views. My skills & discipline from the Army, founding the non-profit, starting a small business with a successful long run, raising two boys, being involved in my community….. these give me the ability to listen, and make a sound decision based on facts, science, and the needs & health of the community.
I will work with my fellow Board members and the Town staff to explore ways to disincentivized upstream dischargers - more to come on that.
I will listen to the citizens’ views regarding the development and bring them to the town board. All views. My skills & discipline from the Army, founding the non-profit, starting a small business with a successful long run, raising two boys, being involved in my community…..all these give me the ability to listen, and make a sound decision based on facts, science, and the needs & wellbeing of the community.
Regarding development: Encourage ordinances and zoning practices that help ensure Pittsboro retains its ‘destination economy’ future & character - where people from the region and beyond will want to visit, spend their dollars on local businesses. We will track this through local business surveys, special event attendance, sales tax revenues, and other tracking tools. Nurture a downtown environment & throughout the town that draws both visitors and locals; increase the number of small businesses annually by 10% that will enhance the town’s character; not those that will diminish it.
Our flavor - the cultural and creative initiatives (such as the beautiful murals around town) that bring 21st century skills and energy. Our diverse population - nurturing and inclusiveness of different backgrounds; the blend of old and new - the nostalgic old downtown buildings and beautiful new parks [And as a close 4th - Access to locally-grown foods through farmer’s markets and community-supported agriculture].
1. Improved water quality and capacities for our assured & expansive growth. We should also hold the upstream industrial dischargers accountable so that the taxpayers don’t bear the burden of paying for safe drinking water. 2. Accountability and communications with the Town’s citizens about ongoing and urgent matters. 3. Soliciting engagement and feedback from the voters so the Commissioners can represent and address local concerns
I will apply to serve on a local Board, whether a Town or nonprofit. I am also interested in working with the citizens of Firetower Road and other areas that were redlined out to pull them back into the Town’s limits if so desired.
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