The News Herald recently sent profile questions to candidates for Burke County Board of Commissioners. The following is the profile for incumbent Commissioner Jeff Britain.
Name: Jeff Brittain.
Party affiliation: Republican.
Education: Graduated Freedom High School, 1979; graduated N.C. State University, bachelor's in Electrical Engineering, 1983.
Employment: Vice President of Engineering for Rutherford Electric Membership Corp. (37 years).
Family: Married to Cynthia Crawley Brittain; we have 3 adult daughters and 3 young grandsons.
Community involvement: Throughout my adult life, I have been actively involved in my church, Mount Home Baptist, where I have served in many capacities. I have served on the boards of the Burke County United Way, Burke County Chamber of Commerce and the Western Piedmont Chapter of the Professional Engineers of North Carolina. Since serving as a Burke County commissioner, I have served on the boards of Department of Social Services, Smart Start, Burke Development and Partners Behavioral Health. I also enjoy serving our community through the Rotary Club of Morganton.
Have you ever been convicted of a crime? If so, explain: No.
Have you ever filed for bankruptcy: No.
1. What would you like to see happen in the county park at Lake James?
The county park at Lake James is really in its infancy. The hiking and biking loop has proven to be a big hit with our local residents, as well as outdoor enthusiasts throughout the region. I would like to continue to explore complimentary activities such as camping, boating and perhaps a pavilion area for family gatherings, etc.
2. Is there anything more you believe the county could do regarding COVID-19?
I have been pleased and proud of our county's response to COVID-19. Each of our county's departments have worked closely together to meet the medical needs, as well as administering the financial pieces of the state and federal response.
3. What do you believe the county should focus on in the next four years?
As we begin to recover from the pandemic, and our economic successes of the past few years begin to fully realize their potential, we need to continue to focus on the availability of affordable and mid-range housing. In conjunction with that effort, we need to continue to work with our school system and the community college to prepare our students to meet the growing needs of skilled labor in our region. We also need to continue the evaluation of county facilities to be sure we meet our citizens needs and expectations going forward.
Editor's note: Brittain submitted a video outlining his campaign to The News Herald that can be seen at www.morganton.com.
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