Craven County Commissioner District 5 Democratic candidates were sent the following questions by The Sun Journal in advance of the May 8 primary election. Incumbent Theron McCabe and Rufus Carter Jr. are running for the seat to represent eastern Craven County and parts of Havelock.

 

Seeking: Craven County Commissioner, District 5

Political party: Democrat

Best way for voters to contact you?

McCabe: 447-5257

Carter Jr.: Email rufuscarterjr@hotmail.com.

Why are you running?

McCabe: I am running because I have a passion to help with the needs, concerns and issues within my district. I feel that I can have real impact on addressing these issues as I have done for the past twelve years.

Carter Jr.: Because district 5 needs a leader who will speak the truth on and about issues that concerns them. A leader is someone who is willing to take charge in doing what is right and not focus on what you have done for yourself. A Coach win championship because he believed in his team, A coach victory is his player, A dream don’t live if it has no life in it, Discussing the problem doesn’t fix it, but when you show some type of action, Progress begins. I am that Coach, I am that Leader and yes I have a Dream and I’ll work diligently so that I can continue sharing my thoughts for a brighter future. I am engaged with my community and I’ll show how much I care about their problems. Can we rebuild our community? The answer to that question is yes! Why? Because WE will become a strong team, putting our ideas together, and making decisions on how to make District 5 a safer, peaceful place for our residents.

What experience do you have that makes you a good fit for this office?

McCabe: Over the past twelve years as the Commissioner for District 5, I have gained the experience that makes me a good fit for this office. I listen to the concerns of the citizen and take their concerns seriously. I work diligently and fairly to successfully come to a resolution that will benefit the whole community. I have worked to resolve issues affecting my district such as, road and drainage improvements, local healthcare center, and the addition of the Dollar General. I also worked hard to help to get housing for 5 low income families in my district through the Community Block Grant Program. Also, many other projects.

Carter Jr.: Being supported to the Marine Corps Enterprise IT Services (MCEITS). Government Lead in the construction and renovations of various sites (I.e. the Enterprise IT Centers (EITC) at Bannister Federal Complex in Kansas City, MO and the Disaster Recovery/Continuity of Operations (DR/COOP Continuity of Operations (COOP) at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, GA). Responsible for overseeing day to day construction efforts, providing on-site Quality Assurance (QA) and problem resolution assistance. Managed Safety Oversight with the tracking of all work locations, work activities, and all personnel to proactively ensure OSHA compliance and proper coordination happens between all contractors to facilitate all work to be completed without incident and on schedule; Supported Incident Management and After Action by assisting with investigation and recommending corrective measures to limit future risks.

If elected, what would you do in order to stay transparent as an elected official?

McCabe: If re-elected, I will continue to work very hard to have an open door policy. I will continue to build and maintain relationships within the community. I will keep citizens informed about issues of the community and will work together to find solutions to issues in a timely manner.

Carter Jr.: By joining forces with other County Commissioners within Craven County working on using new strategies for overcoming common barriers that involve students in our schools to work hard on these types of issues Environmental, Education, Deadly Epidemic, Health, and Our Waterways.

How will you address mental health treatment options in Craven County?

McCabe: During my time on the Board I have learned mental health and substance abuse are connected. By working with other counties across the State, Craven County has established an Opioid Task Force with all of the necessary players from different organizations. We will continue to work to secure available funding streams to put new services in place like a regional detox centers, new treatment options and drug prevention programs in our schools.

Carter Jr.: With the proper diagnosis, a trained mental health professional may prescribe medication to treat a mental health condition.

If elected, what would be your first order of business?

McCabe: We will continue to work to secure available funding streams to put new services in place like a regional detox center, new treatment options and drug prevention programs in our schools.

Carter Jr.: Saving someone's life. How valuable and important to save a life or someone belonging. Safety will be my number one priority for all of the residents who live in District 5. EMS is a must for the residents of North Harlowe, Harlowe, Adams Creek, Cherry Branch, and Cahoogue Creek area, I will be Persistent in some way of having ongoing meeting with different EMS Officials and residents within our district of having a Fire/Rescue Service which is needed.

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

McCabe: I would like to continue working very diligently with my colleagues for my constituents and for the citizens of Craven County to assist with their issues. Thank you.

Carter Jr.: A great leader said this: "So long as I do not firmly and irrevocably possess the right to vote I do not possess myself. I cannot make up my mind — it is made up for me. I cannot live as a democratic citizen, observing the laws I have helped to enact — I can only submit to the edict of others." — Martin Luther King Jr. (1957 speech titled Give Us The Ballot).