Four candidates are running for the Iredell County Commissioner Board. Gene Houpe, James B. Mallory III and Marvin Norman are incumbents, and Scottie Brown is a challenger. Citizens can vote for three people on the primary ballot.

Each candidate who will appear on the primary ballot had the opportunity to answer a few questions in their own words that have not been edited. Here’s what they had to say:

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Mooresville Citizen: Why did you choose to run for this position?

Gene Houpe: I enjoy working on behalf of the citizens of Iredell County to improve the services we offer, to attract more business and industry, and to make decisions to better the lives of everyone working and living in this great county.

MC: What sets you apart from other candidates?

GH: My 30 years business and law enforcement experience gives me a broad perspective on issues that we deal with regularly. I take time to research issues and look at options from all sides before making objective decisions on behalf of the citizens of Iredell County. I do not believe anyone works harder or takes the job more seriously than I do to work on behalf of the citizens of Iredell County.

MC: What qualifies you for this position?

GH: My experience as a commissioner, along with my 30 years of business and law enforcement experience.

MC: What are some of the things you hope to change in Iredell County, if elected?

GH: I want to continue the important tasks and projects that have ongoing in the county. I want to continue improving the services we provide to the citizens of Iredell County. For example, we are working closely with the Sherriff and the school systems to make our schools safer for staff and students.

MC: How do you plan on implementing those changes?

GH: I am determined to work with all elected officials, Boards, and administrative units in a close and collaborative manner. I take pride in the fact that our relationship with all elected officials from the local level to Washington has never been better.

MC: Anything else you'd like the public to know about you?

GH: I take pride in the hard work and dedication that I have put into working for the citizens of this county. I hope that you will continue the trust and confidence you have placed in me by voting for me again on May 8th.

Mooresville Citizen: Why did you choose to run for this position?

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Scottie Brown: I am a conservative business owner that wants to see Iredell taxes stay low

MC: What sets you apart from other candidates?

SB: Being a general contractor, developer, and private business owner, I know what it is like to manage money.

MC: What qualifies you for this position?

SB: I have run a successful business for many years in Iredell County and have been working with politics for many years.

MC: What are some of the things you hope to change in Iredell County, if elected?

SB: I would like to see smaller government and lower taxes.

MC: How do you plan on implementing those changes?

SB: I plan on holding all county employees to the 40 hour work week that they are paid for.

MC: Anything else you'd like the public to know about you?

SB: I am probably the most conservative candidate that is running. I would never consider raising taxes while many departments are over staffed. We are a spoiled county due to the fact that we have a lot of money. We all need to be held accountable.

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Mooresville Citizen: Why did you choose to run for this position?

Marvin Norman: I chose to run for Iredell County Commission to continue to improve the lives and the socio-economic conditions of Iredell County.

MC: What sets you apart from other candidates?

MN: I feel that my sixteen years of experience has given me the knowledge to make the best decisions based on the particular situations we face maintaining and improving our infrastructure.

MC: What qualifies you for this position?

MN: I have learned from the training that was provided and I have utilized the skills in management, listening skills, and decision making ability to help improved the educational opportunities, public safety including law enforcement, emergency medical services, health services and fire safety for Iredell County and I do the right thing for the best interest of the citizens.

MC: What are some of the things you hope to change in Iredell County, if elected?

MN: I would hope to continue to improve school safety, increase economic development and workforce development to sustain growth and provide future jobs for our youth. We are already taking measures to accomplish this.

MC: How do you plan on implementing those changes?

MN: The plan for implementation would involve working with other commissioners, school officials, law enforcement and community members to collaborate and achieve goals.

MC: Anything else you'd like the public to know about you?

MN: I came from humble beginnings and know that education and hard work can take you as far as you decide to go. I started out on my career as warehouseperson and was promoted to Meter Reader Supervisor,  Customer Service Director, Human Resources Director and finally the Community Relations Director. As a part of a cooperative, I worked with people, found out the different needs in the community, managed fundraisers, planned youth tours that supported scholarships, coordinated Bright Ideas programs for grants for teachers, accepted applications for grants from company foundation and worked with local, state and federal politicians to create more awareness of issues in rural electric areas.

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Mooresville Citizen: Why did you choose to run for this position?

James B. Mallory: To continue to work toward realizing the county's vision of being the premiere community in which to live, work and raise a family by achieving our strategic goals and objectives in a dynamic period of growth and change.

MC: What sets you apart from other candidates?

JM: Leadership experience in a large government organization that is mission focused.

MC: What qualifies you for this position?

JM: My leadership experience, legal background, and desire to serve our communities.

MC: What are some of the things you hope to change in Iredell County, if elected?

JM: Continue to work with my fellow Commissioners to strive to  provide exceptional public services in an efficient and cost effective manner that meet the needs of our citizens in growing county while maintaining the lowest property tax rate of all our nine neighboring counties.   Continue to proactively anticipate requirements and shape the environment to create conditions conducive to economic development supporting 21st Century jobs for our citizens and workforce for our employers.

MC: How do you plan on implementing those changes?

JM: Use our strategic planning process to focus the county workforce on ensuring we accomplish our goals and collaberate with our citizens, businesses, non-profit organizations,  municipalities, economic development team, boards of education, Mitchell Community College, Chambers of Commerce, regional organizations, and our legislative team in the House and Senate in developing policies that define and achieve our common goals - a true Team of Teams.

MC: Anything else you'd like the public to know about you?

JM: My wife, Mary, and I have raised four children in Iredell County who graduated from Statesville High School.

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