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Paul Higdon, a Macon County Republican running for the district three commission seat, allowed Macon County News to ask a few questions about his background and goals for Macon County. The Macon County News has allowed each sitting commissioner and commission candidates to give their side of the story in a question and answer session so that voters can know more about their governing philosophy.

Can you tell us a little about your background?

I grew up in Macon County where my family has lived for generations, graduated FHS in 1967, spent two years in the U.S. Army and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with degrees in Environmental Health Science and Biology. After college, I worked for Macon County Environmental Health Services for nearly 10 years and have been self employed in a small family business, Sewer Solutions Inc, for the last 16 years and I am also a partner in Reuse Innovations Inc.

 

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The United States economy appears to be making a comeback, with several months of private sector job growth and the amount of people filing for unemployment benefits slowly decreasing. Yet, as many Americans read and hear about the economy propping back up from the brink, they are watching gas prices soar. According to AAA, gas prices have risen $.49 cents this year alone, and with North Carolina’s gas tax just over 39 cents per gallon, Tar Heels are strongly feeling the effects of the rising demand for fossil fuels throughout the world.

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The community-wide initiative, Read2Me, which is geared toward promoting early literacy for children throughout the county, is teaming up with North Carolina author, Gloria Houston, to bring her book Littlejm to the pages of Macon County's free independent newspaper, the Macon County News.

Read2Me is a public awareness campaign geared towards encouraging the community at large to become highly invested in promoting children learning to read early in order to help all children realize their potential in school and in life.

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Ricky Snyder
Democratic Challenger: District Three

Can you tell Macon County News a little about your background?

“I currently manage two apartment communities: Oak Forest Apartments is a Section 8 Elderly for senior citizens 62 and older, and Orchard View Apartments a Tax Credit (Affordable Housing community). I have been in Housing for about 30 years, the last 13 years at these properties. Affordable housing has been for me a way to help families with low income housing. I am very knowledgeable in housing and in the construction industry. I have certifications in HVAC (Heating and Air conditioning), Blue Print Reading, Electrical Controls, and Home Inspection.

 

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