Question #6: The previous two questions are just a couple examples of the many controversial issues that face our county. How would you help our county come together to resolve difficult issues?
Gandee, Debra Jo Galford
Groseclose, Jesse A.
Mr. Walker did not respond to Eight Rivers Council by the deadline.
Communication, transparency, and more communication are all things I think we currently lack. I understand the concerns Pocahontas County has with the proposed Birthplace of Rivers National Monument. I also understand the concerns Pocahontas County has with the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
I want to represent and promote a constructive relationship so both sides can come together and discuss what is best for our county. Both sides of the argument will undoubtedly highlight facts and numbers to prove their respective positions, which is democracy at work. I am not convinced the County Commission has a lot of authority to stop eminent domain for the pipeline; however, the Pocahontas County Commission must be a voice for us all. In order to fully understand each side we must unify and work together as a community first and foremost. As a commissioner it is increasingly important to be able to remain open minded and understanding of everyone and their respective views and opinions, after all you represent the voice of ALL people. I believe in the power of people coming together and working together to make progressive change and initiate the respective collaborative efforts that bind our community together. The County Commission needs to lead our community, to promote individual responsibility and equal opportunity, to protect life and property, to provide efficient, innovative, and quality public services; to provide services required by Federal and State mandates; to stimulate economic growth and regional cooperation, and to balance the preservation and utilization of all of our resources. The County Commission is YOUR voice of representation.