MARCH 5, 2024 PRIMARY ELECTION

Cabarrus County Commissioner Candidates


Each candidate was asked the three following questions:

  1. Why did you decide to run for this office?
  2. What are your top 3 priorities for serving in this office?
  3. What experience/qualities make you a good choice for this office?
Click on each candidate’s picture or name to view their responses.

2 Seats Available – 4 Year Term

Ray Helms (R)

New Candidate

Jack Lambert (R)

New Candidate

Ingrid Nurse (D)

New Candidate (General Election Only)

Larry Pittman (R)

New Candidate

Brent Plott (R)

New Candidate

Eulonda Rushing (D)

New Candidate (General Election Only)

Candidate Responses

Steve Morris

Endorsements: Diane Honeycutt (Former Cabarrus County Commissioner), COL (Ret.) Russell V Olson Jr, Odell Community, Marie Kluttz (Former Regional Manager, Lillibridge Healthcare Services), Tom Ramseur (Former Cabarrus County Chamber Executive), James Bailey (Former Chief Deputy – Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office), Heather Litrell (Realty Group Owner), Grace Mynatt (Former Cabarrus Co. School Board Member and County Commissioner), Phylis Beaver (Letter to the Editor, Salisbury Post), Doug Stafford (Partner, Griffin Stafford Hospitality), Scott Lampe (CEO Hendrick, Motorsports), Clyde Higgs (VP of Business Development, NCRC), Brandon Wilson (Recreation & Sport Management, Univ. of Tennessee)


Why did you decide to run for this office?

I originally decided to run for Cabarrus County Commissioner in 2012 because I was concerned about the direction of Economic Development efforts in the county. Since being elected I have lead the effort to bring 71 companies to Cabarrus County with over 7,000 new jobs created and over $3.5 billion in investment added to the tax base in this community.

The Average Wage has increased from approximately $35,000 in 2012 to $49,058 in 2024.

I have been an advocate, supporter, and mentor of the Cabarrus Center and Flywheel which is an entity that provides affordable space and community infrastructure to support startups, entrepreneurs, and new small businesses.

What are your top 3 priorities for serving in this office?
  1. Strengthening the local economy by recruiting new business and industry, expanding our tax base and providing good paying jobs for our citizens and opportunities for our young people to stay in our community.

  2. Continued support for Law Enforcement and Public Safety.

  3. Supporting education and providing first class educational opportunities for our students. This includes supporting the recruitment and retention of top quality teachers.
What experience/qualities make you a good choice for this office?

I am currently serving on the boards of Academic Learning Center, Cabarrus Partnership for Children, the Public Health Authority of Cabarrus County, the Cabarrus Library System Trustees, the Cabarrus Transportation Advisory Board and the Cabarrus Mental Health Task Force. I am charter member, past president and Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Club of Cabarrus County. I have served as a Trustee of Rowan Cabarrus Community College since 2013. Board of the N.C. Association of County Commissioners and in 2023 co-chaired the statewide task force on broadband expansion.

My previous involvement includes Board of Directors of the Rowan Cabarrus YMCA; Cabarrus Juvenile Crime Prevention Council; Chairman of the Board of Red Cross Cabarrus County; Chairman of the Board of the Kannapolis Chamber of Commerce; Chairman of the Board of the Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce, Campaign Chairman of the United Way of Central Carolinas; Chairman of the Friends of the Kannapolis-Cabarrus Library ; Chairman of the Kannapolis Economic Development Corporation; board member of The Residents of Historic Concord and numerous other organizations.

Along with my 12 years of experience on the Board of Commissioners, 10 as Chairman, I am invested in Cabarrus County. My primary focus has been to promote collaboration and communication between county government and the municipalities and our governments are cooperating at a level that exceeds any other period in our history.

Ray Helms

Endorsements:


Why did you decide to run for this office?

This has been my place of residence for over 49 years, and I care about this county and the direction it is going in and the quality of life for everyone and their families.

What are your top 3 priorities for serving in this office?
  1. To ensure that the sheriff department is fully staffed and has the right resources available to assist them in providing safety to our children in the schools and that families can feel safe in their communities.
  2. Develop and manage the county budget and cut wasteful spending.
  3. Develop a strategic plan for our parks, to provide a broader range of year round activities for families and groups. To adopt a plan for the sheriff department to provide park rangers to ensure the safety of the park. To provide more lighting throughout the parks and camera surveillance on trails to ensure safety throughout.
What experience/qualities make you a good choice for this office?

I have been a resident for over 49 year’s and and business owner for close to 40 years. I have been heavily involved in the commissions meetings and work shops and researching the past 13 years of commissioners meetings of the county business to better understand how we got to where we are now so as to have a better understanding of how we can improve and to ensure we move forward to secure our future.

Jack Lambert

Endorsements:


Why did you decide to run for this office?

I began to consider running for County Commissioner after being encouraged by several community members to seek this office. What ultimately made the decision for me, is the impact that will be made by the choices the voters make in the Republican primary. Here is the truth, there is a radical-rightwing, anti-business, anti-jobs element who wishes to take over the board of Commissioners. Currently, the board hangs in a single vote balance, from this radical group being in control. If they win both seats in the upcoming election, it’s game over. Cabarrus County will be closed for business. Economic development grants will be eliminated. The Economic Development Cooperation will be defunded, important services will be slashed, taxes will be raised, and our infrastructure will be strained like never before. I am running to prevent that.

What are your top 3 priorities for serving in this office?
  1. My first priority will be to vote to keep our highly competitive economic development incentive policy. This policy is a proven job creator that is rigorous and time-tested. Companies like Eli Lilly would not have located in Cabarrus County without it.
  2. My second priority will be to ensure the retention of our excellent county manager and upper-level management staff. The group I mentioned above has their sights set on removing our experienced and hardworking staff, to replace them with their hand-picked followers.
  3. My third priority will be to strengthen our tax base to provide the highest quality services possible. I will strengthen the tax base by bringing companies with good-paying jobs to our county. Building out this base through commercial investment is the only way we can encourage future prosperity and the highest quality of life for our citizens. If we lose commercial investment and weaken our tax base, some of the early areas to cut may be transportation for the elderly and disabled, 911 communication operations, and fire services. If we build the base through residential investment with more sprawling housing developments or massive apartment complexes, our already scarce resources like schools, water-sewer infrastructure, and roadways simply will not be able to handle it.
What experience/qualities make you a good choice for this office?

First and foremost, I am a small business owner, in a local family business. I have created jobs, managed large budgets; and as a proud second-chance employer, we give opportunities to individuals where other companies would not. To bring jobs to our county, you must have an understanding of the world of business.

Second, I am a lifelong Cabarrus County resident, I grew up in our smallest municipality Midland, and now reside in our largest municipality, Concord. I have seen our county grow and change in every area, and recognize that we need someone with a level head to help navigate the challenges that come with growth.

Finally, my activity in other organizations lends greatly to my ability to serve as a Commissioner. I am currently a board member of Cabarrus Area Crime Stoppers. As well as the Historic Cabarrus Association. Previously, I served as Vice Chairman of the Republican Party of Cabarrus County. I am an active member of my local Rotary chapter – Full Circle Club. Additionally, I am a volunteer and patron in groups like the Residents of Historic Concord, Operation Decisive Victory, and Cooperative Christian Ministries. My business experience, my life experience, and my volunteer/community experience all lend to my qualifications for this position.

Laura Blackwell Lindsey

Endorsements: I have been endorsed by We The People. My major endorsements come from regular everyday people who want to make sure they are not being overlooked when decisions in government are being made. 


Why did you decide to run for this office?

All of my decisions are made by praying about them first. The Lord puts many people in my life that help guide my way through the craziness of politics. I know that He wants me to do this. So I just listen to what he puts on my heart and let Him handle the rest.

What are your top 3 priorities for serving in this office?
  1. To make sure that our citizens Constitutional rights are being upheld. During the pandemic there were many mandates that citizens of this county were subjected to that I would have fought against.

  2. To make sure that the county taxes are as low as possible so that citizens can have more of their own money in their own pockets.

  3. I want to increase community collaboration for the welfare of our children, elderly and indigent people by active DHS involvement. We have a growing homeless population of elderly and children. We need to work to find solutions.
What experience/qualities make you a good choice for this office?

I am currently serving my second term on the Cabarrus County Board of Education. During my time on the school board I have had the opportunity to gain an understanding of the budget process, working with legislators, giving a voice to parents, and standing up against illegal mandates. The reasons that I am running for County Commissioner are the same reasons that I ran for the Board of Education, to be a voice for the people. Trust and Transparency in all levels of government have come into question over the years. I will continue to be that voice for the people and make sure that they and their concerns are heard and brought to the forefront.

Ingrid Nurse

Endorsements: Dr. Grace Liem Galloway and Bobbi Hague


Why did you decide to run for this office?

I am a resident of Cabarrus County and I am really concerned about my community and how can I resonate with people’s concerns? I see the potential in my community and with proper leadership we can unify the Cabarrus County we know and love. Yes, I desire to serve my community.

What are your top 3 priorities for serving in this office?
  1. Education

  2. Affordable housing

  3. Elder Care

  4. Economic Development, Equity & Opportunity
What experience/qualities make you a good choice for this office?

I am passionate about uplifting our community. From my youth to present day, I have been an active part of the Cabarrus County Community with my passion for assisting others, registering voters, and volunteering in the community.

Brent Plott

Endorsements:


Why did you decide to run for this office?

The actions of state and local governments during the early stages of Covid-19. Specifically, the shutdown mandates of businesses, schools, and houses of worship doing harm to business owners and students, some of which is still being felt. Also, as a retired Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Officer my desire to keep Cabarrus County a safe place to live, work, and raise a family.

What are your top 3 priorities for serving in this office?

First and foremost is public safety. Supporting and funding thorough policing and criminal investigation and the prosecution of criminal offenders. The Mecklenburg County court system is a revolving door contributing to an every growing crime rate, I saw this first hand for 26 years.

Second, is lowering the current property tax rate of 74 cents per $100 and continuing to keep taxes low and make cuts where needed.

Third, is to limit the role of government. President Reagan often said “Government is not the solution to a problem, government is the problem”. I strongly believe the actions by government at all levels, particularly at the state and local level, in the wake of the virus demonstrates that truer words have never been spoken.

What experience/qualities make you a good choice for this office?

I would say all of my experiences as an adult. From my four years as a Combat Arms Army Officer, my twenty six years as a Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Officer, and the two plus years I have started and ran a small business. All of these experiences have helped shape who I am and what I represent. Service and commitment in the service of my fellow citizens and getting the job done is always something in which I have taken pride.

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