This is me, circa 1973.
Back then and throughout my childhood, Zebulon was my entire world. My family traveled and took vacations all over the country, but nothing ever quite compared to Zebulon, after all, what place on earth could be better than having my mom, my dad, my 6 siblings, both sets of my grandparents, all of my aunts, uncles, and cousins all right here in Zebulon?
I had the privilege to spend a majority of my childhood with my family’s elders. They were the human embodiment of “it takes a village to raise a child” and they mastered it. From priming tobacco and picking cucumbers to hanging with the men at Eddin’s Oil to snapping beans with the women, I am a proud result of being raised by the best of the Greatest Generation in the greatest town.
Of the myriad of principles that generation is known for, there are a few taught fundamentals that struck the deepest chords in me and have served as my personal navigation system throughout my life. I learned the value of an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay. I learned a man’s word is his bond and his name is all he truly has. I learned one human can have an influence on generations. I learned when we all pull our talents, our resources, our efforts together, we accomplish so much more than when we don’t. I learned we all have civic duties to perform and that there is nothing more honorable than working towards the greater good.
My navigation system has opened doors I never imagined. I've had the honors of defending our country as a Marine Corps Combat Engineer in Desert Storm/Desert Shield and working at Drug Enforcement Administration in Washington DC assisting in the efforts to keep drugs off of our streets, I’ve owned small businesses, I’m learning to farm, and I’ve earned quite a few more stamps on my passport. No matter where I’ve gone or what I’ve done, one thing has never changed – Zebulon still has my heart because nowhere on earth still compares to Zebulon.
And now my journey leads me to give back even more to the town that stole my heart decades ago.
Zebulon is on loan to us from future generations and it is our duty to leave Zebulon even better than we found it. The only way we can accomplish this is by working for the greater good by representing all of the people and this is why I am running for Zebulon Board of Commissioners. We all need to be seen, heard, and represented and I would be humbly honored to see, hear, and represent you.
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