Pitt County Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor
Brooks Bunn vs. David Collier
Awaiting Candidate Response
Your current job: Professor of Pediatrics
Your education: Bachelor of Science, Animal Science; PhD in Micorbiology/Immunnology, MD, Residency in Pediatrics
What will your top priority be if you are elected or re-elected?
My top priority will be to build strong working relationships between the Pitt County Soil and Water Conservation District and NGOs and other organizations that have an interest in conservation and environmental stewardship. This is my top priority because I feel that collaborations between Pitt County SWCD and other organizations will enhance the SWCD's mission of conserving farmland and wetlands, improving soil health, mitigating flooding and enhancing environmental and conservation education and outreach.
How will you involve your constituents in the process of making decisions?
If elected as a Pitt County SWCD Supervisor I intend to learn more about constituent concerns though attending various organization and municipal meetings, accepting public comment during regularly scheduled board meetings as well as via email and personal communication. Constituents can also bring their concerns to the attention of the Pitt County SWCD by contacting the professional staff during regular business hours.
Why should voters choose you for the position you are running for?
If elected as a SWCD Supervisor I will strengthen relationships between the Pitt County SWCD and key stakeholders including municipal governments, environmental organizations and academia. This will complement the strengths of the other SWCD Supervisors (there are five: three are elected and one is appointed).
What three things about you do you most want voters to know?
A. I am a native North Carolinian and have lived in Greenville and worked at ECU since 1995.
B. As a physician, and in agreement with the World Health Organization and the Medical Society Consortium on Climates and Health, I believe that global climate change poses the most significant health risks globally. Eastern North Carolina is already affected by rising sea level, increased heat and more severe storms. The multi-faceted conservation goals of the SWCD system will help mitigate risk and promote resiliency in the face of global climate change.
C. I value the application of science and evidence in decision making and value civility in public service.
Is there anything else you wish to say?
I have been an invited speaker at the Soil Health Institute's Annual Meeting (Silver Spring MD and Sacramento CA) and co- published a paper and textbook chapter on the relationships between soil health and human health. I also am a collaborator with researchers at North Carolina State University's Center for Human Health and the Environment on a large, longitudinal study evaluating the relationship between PFAS compounds in Cape Fear River water and human health.