Craven County Commissioner seeks re-election in 2022

The Craven County Commissioners’ Council race is one of many 2022 local elections. During the Thanksgiving holiday, a commissioner announced he would run for re-election.

Commissioner Tom Mark has announced his campaign for re-election in District 1, consisting of Fairfield Harbor, Bridgeton, Ernul and parts of Vanceboro. Mark made the announcement at a rally inside Fairfield Harbor last week.

“I thank my constituents in District 1 and the many others in Craven County for all the encouragement given to me to get re-elected,” Mark said in a press release. “I have worked hard over the past three terms to make Craven County and District 1 a better place to live and work.”

Seeking his fourth elected term, Mark was one of two commissioners in the 2018 commissioner race that took place in the general election. Mark decisively defeated Democratic candidate Jeff O’Neil and Constitution candidate Greg Holt by over 30 percent of the vote.

Mark is one of four current Commissioners who ran as Republican in 2018.

“I am particularly proud to be called a ‘budget conservative’ on the Council of Commissioners. By keeping property taxes low and making Craven County government more efficient, we have been able to attract the right residential and commercial development.” , added Mark.

Thinking back to his tenure, Mark went on to say that the economic development opportunities District 1 has been able to take advantage of has given people a better quality of life.

Citing updated security measures on the US 17 and new public safety entities as some of the top reasons the neighborhood has improved for residents.

“I am proud of the many advancements in economic development and environmental improvements that we have made in District 1. Our funding for first responders in District 1 has improved significantly in recent years. New fire stations, improved policing and improved funding for EMTs improve quality of life.

In addition to advocating for a better quality of life, Mark went on to say that a good quality education was still needed in the county. Local schools continue to lag behind border counties in academic achievement, while the Board of Education has received millions in federal, state and regional funding, according to Mark.

Mark added that the pursuit of a close partnership with local municipalities and state officials is critical to the success of the county’s future plans.

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