I find it interesting that we have so many candidates running for the District 4 Nash County commissioner’s race. In the past, very few people seemed to want a job that had very few benefits. Danny Tyson has held the position for the past four years and I think he has served his district well.
The entire campaign is centered on the Sanderson Farms issue, each candidate having their respective views. I think Danny Tyson has had as thoughtful of a position on this matter as could be had. Over the past 25 years, Nash County’s economic engine has sputtered along as we have continued to lose our industrial base. Competition for these jobs from other geographical areas has been fierce. We continually hurt our chances by pointing out that we cannot support the current industries. For example, past comments in the news about Consolidated Diesel Company hiring 150 more employees in the coming year, and if they could not hire them locally they would bring them in from the outside. Firestone seems to always have openings, but candidates cannot pass drug test or simply do not want to work the schedule. In addition, I am reminded of the interview with the Sam’s Club management discussing the level of difficultly filling positions prior to the Rocky Mount store opening.
Our mall will soon have more empty space than occupied when both Sears and Best Buy complete their closures.
I believe Sanderson Farms will be a welcome addition to our industrial base. The largest segment of the Nash County economy is agriculture. We absolutely should take this opportunity to play on our strengths. This company would not make a $100 million investment in our community without careful consideration of our ability to support their needs, including water and waste disposal.
Danny Tyson recognizes this election is about jobs that would directly enhance the economic well-being of our community. We need to offer our citizens jobs in which they can be successful. I believe most people want to work and will work, given the opportunity. Unfortunately, our local economy has not supported all of our citizens in the recent past. Sanderson Farms offers opportunities for our community that will allow us to continue to grow. By voting for Danny Tyson, we signal to more industries that Nash County is ready to encourage growth and offer opportunities.
I encourage you to vote for Danny Tyson for County Commissioner.