It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that I declare my candidacy seeking Henderson County Board of Commissioners, District 4 seat in the 2018 election.
Our current District 4 Commissioner Tommy Thompson will retire from this seat at the end of the year and I commend him for his years of service to the county, not only as commissioner for District 4 but for his many years as Clerk of Court. Tommy clearly serves with focus on what will be of greatest benefit for all citizens of Henderson County. If elected, I will endeavor to maintain this high level of knowledge and awareness of needs in our county and for our citizens.
County Commissioners are entrusted with the care and handling of county funds. As a former business owner and corporate professional, I strongly recognize the seriousness and transparency of this responsibility.
I bring forty years of practical working experience in areas of accounting, engineering, and business management. The past 25 years of my career have been with two major Fortune 500 companies (GE Lighting & Hubbell Lighting) where I received some of the best management education available. At GE, I graduated in the first leadership class of Six Sigma specialists, trained in the use of statistical analysis to solve problems and improve processes. With Hubbell, I led multiple problem solving kaizen events to identify major cost saving opportunities. I managed multi-million dollar projects in areas of product development and facilities construction. Currently, I work as Production Manager for Norafin (Americas), Inc, where I am tasked with managing the functional details for the new factory in Mills River.
Along with my corporate experience and training, I earned degrees in Mechanical Drafting & Design from Blue Ridge Community College and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Montreat College.
I am a Henderson County native and graduated from East Henderson High School with the Class of 1974. It was my privilege to serve as Senior Class President. My grandfather Clyde Jackson, for whom Jackson Park is named, served for 12 years on the Henderson County Board of Commissioners. My other grandfather was William A Baxter, who held the office of Mayor of Laurel Park for many years.
I have been married to Ernest McCall (who also grew up in Henderson County) for 41 years. Together, we have raised three children, Ernest, Jr (Bud), Erik, and Katie (Lamb), who are all married, working and raising families in Henderson County. We have six beautiful grandchildren, four of whom are presently attending Henderson County schools. My family and I are all active members of Bethel Wesleyan Church in Flat Rock where I have attended for the past 41 years. As you can see, my roots run deep in Henderson County.
We have been incredibly blessed that our children were able to come back, find good jobs and raise their families here. We are also blessed that we live in an area where folks want to visit and move. And those are the reasons why I feel so compelled to give back my time and expertise to the place we call home.
Our county has experienced tremendous growth over the last 40 years and our quality of life and strong economy make that a trend that will almost certainly continue.
Those blessings come with challenges as they strain our existing infrastructure of roads, water, sewer, schools, law enforcement and fire fighters. And those are challenges that require leaders with the understanding of budgets, communication and collaboration; skills I have honed over the past 25 years in my professional and volunteer life.
We must work in collaboration, with our School Board, Sheriff Department, surrounding municipalities and NC DOT to make sure that we are on the same page in developing solutions. We must continue to be proactive in recruiting business and industry to our area in order to create and maintain jobs that pay well. And we must continue to be proactive in creating and maintaining those green spaces and other public areas that add to our quality of life.
As a native of Henderson County with children and grandchildren who live, work and attend school here, I have a desire to make sure that the business of the county is handled in the best interest of all citizens and that those decisions help design the future of the county for the best of all concerned.
I look forward to meeting and listening to as many of you as possible in the coming months. Please visit my website at www.rebeccamccall.com for updates and additional information about me and my campaign.
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