Bob Byrd, a former county commissioner, retired Alamance Regional Medical Center executive and longtime community leader, will seek one of the Democratic nominations for the 2020 Alamance County Commissioners election.
“I’m proud of the work I did for four years as a commissioner,” Byrd says. “But there is still more work to be done to make Alamance County a place in which young people will want to settle, have successful careers and raise their families.”
Byrd will focus on three primary issues:
- Strong public schools
- Effective and efficient government
- Good jobs and a sustainable environment
“A school system with the best teachers, using the best methods with the right supports, in excellent facilities, and available to every child, will provide the strong foundation necessary for a strong and prosperous Alamance County,” Byrd says. “When our kids succeed, we all succeed.”
The county is responsible for ABSS facilities and teacher pay supplements, as well as other components of the ABSS budget.
Byrd believes the commissioners also have a responsibility to support professional local government employees as they work to make the county a better place to live, work and play. County commissioners must balance the budget, keep the tax burden reasonable and invest wisely for the future, he says.
“I know the importance of sound fiscal management and operating within a budget,” Byrd says. “I also know that successful growth does not happen without wise investments and good planning.”
Byrd supports intelligent incentives to help draw world-class employers and create more good jobs. He also believes the county must support its own entrepreneurs, small businesses and farmers.
Preserving Alamance County’s natural riches are also vital for our future, both as economic assets themselves and also as a key component of the county’s quality of life.
“Our county is rich with parks, trails, waterways, and farmland that help define who we are,” Byrd says. “We need to protect these resources for future generations.”
Byrd has also worked extensively on healthcare and mental health issues. As a county commissioner, for example, he worked with the Alamance County Sheriff’s Department and other local law enforcement agencies to launch a local Stepping Up Initiative, which aims to reduce the number of people with severe mental illness in the county jail.
He also serves on the board of directors of Cardinal Innovations Healthcare, the regional mental health authority responsible for services in the 20-county area that includes Alamance County.
Byrd was first elected as a county commissioner in 2014 after retiring from Alamance Regional Medical Center, where he served on the executive management team for over 35 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Penn State University and a master’s degree in health administration from Duke University.
In his personal life, Byrd is actively engaged with the Alamance Racial Equity Alliance, serves on the boards of Alamance ElderCare, Allied Churches of Alamance County and Burlington-Alamance Sister Cities, directs the 18-piece Alamance Jazz Band and is active with many other community organizations.
“The boards, organizations and initiatives I’ve served on are important to Alamance County,” Byrd says. “Each strengthens our community and improves our quality of life.”
For more information about Byrd’s platform, background and campaign, please visit BobByrd.us.