To the Editor,
As a candidate for county commissioner, I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself to the people of Robeson County and specifically District 4.
I am a Christian wife and mother and attend Mt. Elim Baptist Church. Serving on several committees, including being the church accountant, I have been entrusted with the oversight of the fiscal management of the church budget and understand the importance of fiscal responsibility. Second, I am the owner of the Speech N Progress Inc. located in Pembroke. My company, established in 1993, provides speech and language services to children and adults throughout Robeson, Scotland and Hoke counties. It is a blessing as well as a challenge to sustain a small business and to contribute to our economy and community.
With a positive business reputation, Speech N Progress Inc. has never had an employee to leave for other employment. This fact speaks to my ability to work well with others in a fair and consistent manner.
Third, I am active in various local and state organizations. As a commissioner and secretary/treasurer with the North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs, a member of the executive board of the Pembroke Are Chamber of Commence and involvement with activities at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, I have been active in the affairs of our county and state. I have a vested interest in our community through successful business development and on a more personal level, raising my daughter in Robeson County.
These concerns have greatly influenced my decision to run for office. One of the significant points of my campaign platform is change. Is it not time for change when the current leadership in our district has served for 24 years? Is it not time for change when our county continues to be the poorest in the state with the highest crime rate? Is it not time for change when the constituents have lost respect for county leaders due to lack of transparency and questionable integrity? Is it not time to change the face of our county commission board with a female perspective? Is it not time to change some basic paradigms such as inflated pay for the commissioners and embracing term limits?
This quote is applicable to my beliefs on change: “He who rejects change is the architect of decay.”
Citizens of Robeson County, the time for change is now and it is necessary. Please vote for change on May 6, 2014.
Faline Locklear Dial