Incumbent Craven commissioner announces re-election bid

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Craven County Commissioner Tom Mark announced his reelection campaign for the 2022 commissioner race.
Craven County Commissioner Tom Mark announced his reelection campaign for the 2022 commissioner race.

The Craven County Board of Commissioner's race is one of several local elections in 2022. During the Thanksgiving holiday, one commissioner announced he will run for reelection.

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

“I thank my constituents in District 1 and the many others in Craven County for all the encouragement for me to seek reelection,” said Mark in a news release. “I have worked hard these 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 ran contested during the general election. Mark decisively beat the Democratic candidate Jeff O'Neil and Constitution party candidate Greg Holt by more than 30% of the vote.

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

"I take special pride being labeled the 'fiscal conservative' on the Board 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.

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

Citing updated safety precautions on US 17 and new public safety entities as a few of the main reasons the district has improved for residents.

“I take pride in the many strides in economic development and environmental improvements we have made in District 1. Our first responder funding in District 1 has vastly improved in recent years. New fire stations, improved policing, and improved EMT funding makes for a better quality of life.

Along with advocating for a better quality of life, Mark went on to say having good quality education is something still needed in the county. Local schools continue to lag behind bordering counties when it comes to academic achievement while the Board of Education has received millions of federal, state, and county funding, according to Mark.

Mark added continuing a close partnership with local municipalities and state elected officials is vital to the success of the county's future plans.

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This article originally appeared on Sun Journal: Craven County commissioner seeks reelection in 2022

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