Special to Iredell Free News
Local businessman Brad Howard has announced his candidacy for a Iredell County commissioner.
“I’m running for county commissioner because I believe that the people of Iredell County deserve sincere, transparent and effective leadership,” Howard said in his official campaign announcement.
“As we campaign across the county, I look forward to hearing from voters to better understand their thoughts, ideas and concerns. I believe in freedom and reasonable conversation, and that we need a solutions-first attitude. If elected, residents can ‘expect more’ from me,” he added. “I will put my business-minded experience to work in order to protect taxpayers, improve how our local government works for all residents, and help attract new businesses and jobs to our county.”
Howard, who lives in Mooresville, is one of seven Republicans running in the March 5 primary election for three seats on the Board of Commissioners. Early voting begins on February 15.
An Iredell County resident for the majority of his life, Howard said he has a deep passion for the county. He hopes to use his business skills and experience to address the challenges facing county residents.
Howard said his top priorities are:
♦ Tax Policy: Howard will advocate for responsible, transparent tax policies that support essential services while minimizing the burden on taxpayers.
♦ Infrastructure: Howard will work towards enhancing the county’s infrastructure to support its growing needs and ensure a high quality of life for its residents.
♦ Preservation of Rural Farmland: Howard understands the significance of maintaining the county’s rural character. He will work to preserve, protect, and grow our agricultural heritage.
♦ Law Enforcement and Public Safety: Howard recognizes the critical role of law enforcement, fire departments, and first responders in maintaining a safe and secure community. He will support initiatives that strengthen public safety.
♦ Education: Howard will prioritize investments in our schools’ facilities and infrastructure.
♦ Property Rights: Howard will advocate for policies that respect and protect these fundamental rights.
♦ Employment Opportunities: Howard is dedicated to creating new job opportunities and fostering a thriving job market for Iredell County residents.
♦ Balanced Economic Growth: Howard aims to ensure that growth benefits all sectors of the community.
♦ Lake Norman Protection: Howard is committed to implementing policies that safeguard this valuable natural resource.
Born and raised in Iredell County, Howard attended Mount Mourne Elementary, Brawley Middle, and Mooresville High School. While working full time, he attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Marketing. He has worked in various industries, including marketing, food service, events, hospitality, health and wellness, and real estate.
Howard was honored as the 2011 Business Person of the Year by the Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce. He played a pivotal role in the creation of the Mooresville-South Iredell Developer Council and the Lake Norman Managed Growth Alliance. He has also served on the board of the Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce, as president of the Lake Norman Home Builders Association, on the Iredell County Tax Board, and many additional oversight boards.
Brad and his wife Nikki are the parents of three children, Asher, Beckett and Lachlyn.