• Pitt County Board of Commissioners - District 6

    Jerry Wayne Cox vs. Lauren White

    Jerry Wayne Cox

    Job: Retired Executive Director, Ayden Housing Authority, 32 years; former command sergeant major, U.S. Army, 33 years.
     

    Education: Bachelor of Science, Urban & Regional Planning (ECU, 1976); Sergeant Major Academy, (Ft. Bliss, Texas, 1999); numerous professional & military leadership courses.

     

    Top priority if elected or re-elected:

    Jobs! Remember NO JOBS, NO MONEY, NO ECONOMY! Help every citizen in Pitt County regain employment lost due to COVID-19 pandemic. If previously unemployed, help establish initiatives to promote gainful employment i.e., education, job training, vocational technical program, or internship/apprenticeship at the readiness level of citizen.

     

    How will you involve your constituents in the process of making decisions?

    Regular and timely reporting of board meetings. Seek my constituents’ feedback and input on an ongoing basis. Would consider Virtual Town Hall meetings to discuss issues in “real” time.

     

    Why should voters choose you for the position you are running for?

    My broad range of life experiences helps me to relate to a wide array of constituents and where they are in life - agricultural farmers, college educated professionals, military combat experience and leaderships skills; maturity, dedication, long history of dedicated public service. I would work diligently for the betterment of life for all in Pitt County!

     

    What three things about you do you most want voters to know?

    1. Live by the Golden Rule, 2. Served my country during wartime in Vietnam. 3. Love my God, my country, & my family.

     

    Is there anything else you wish to say?

    Everyone, please make sure you & your family please vote! It is critical, more than ever for our country to build back better and stronger!

     

    Lauren White

    Job: Co-manage and own a diversified farming operation with my husband, Jonathan, which includes row crops, hogs and cows. Also work as a part-time administrative coordinator for Nutrien Ag Solutions. Mother of two boys, James and Christian, who are both enrolled in Pitt County Schools. Also currently serve as the District 6 representative on the Pitt County Board of Commissioners and have done so for the last 18 months.

     

    Education: Graduate of Chicod School and D.H. Conley High School. I also attended Pitt Community College.

     

    Top priority if elected or re-elected:

    My top priority is economic development. Growing our economy is crucial for expanding our tax base. Burdening citizens with a higher tax bill to fund needed services before we do everything possible to grow our economic tax base first is unacceptable. The county is responsible for funding schools, the Sheriff’s Office, social services, and the animal shelter, just to name a few. I want every aspect of county government to be successful.

     

    How will you involve your constituents in the process of making decisions?

    I always research the topics we are presented before I formulate my opinions. This includes seeking the advice and guidance of experts, business owners and the people in the communities affected in order to get their thoughts and input.

     

    Why should voters choose you for the position you are running for?

    My number one priority is accessibility. You will usually find me in the community engaging with constituents. I truly want to be a voice for everyone in Pitt County. For example, this past year I led the effort in District 6 in trying to get our local economy opened back up from the aftermath of the pandemic. My emphasis was always in demanding local control instead of a one-size-fits-all statewide approach initiated by state officials. As a result of statewide executive orders, many churches, barber shops/salons, restaurants and gyms were forced to shut their doors in Pitt County. I was an advocate for them to be able to make their own decisions in how to safely reopen.

     

    What three things about you do you most want voters to know?

    First of all, I am a lifelong resident of southern Pitt County, which makes me able to relate to the needs of the people in my district. Secondly, in having two children currently in public schools and being a product of the public school system myself, my passion is that we continue to fund Pitt County Schools and our teachers and staff at levels that will encourage continued expansion of instructional programs such as vocational education. Finally, by co-owning an agricultural enterprise, I have a deep infinity to make sure we have economic development that is relevant to our community's needs and desires.

     

    Is there anything else you wish to say?

    It’s been a true honor, privilege, and humbling experience to represent the citizens of District 6 on the Pitt County Board of Commissioners. I solicit both your sustained support and vote so that I can continue to be YOUR voice on the Pitt County Board of Commissioners.