Scott is a lifelong Wake County resident who believes in the great people here. He has the experience, education and the dedication to collaboratively work to solve problems and protect our growing county. He firmly believes that our community's best days are ahead.
Scott believes in servant leadership. Professionally, as a public school administrator, he walks shoulder to shoulder with his students, parents and staff to ensure common goals are accomplished. Personally, he’s committed to his family, faith and community.
As a former elected Town Councilman for Apex and now Wake County Soil and Water Supervisor, Scott knows what it takes to foster partnerships that create positive results.
Scott is a public servant and understands that holding office is hard work and that the stakes are high for his community. With Wake County urbanizing at a rapid rate Scott will support policy, programming and resource allocations that ensures the opportunity for success is within reach for everyone.
Scott has worked to support the family farmer, increase efforts in agricultural, technical, and environmental education, and clean up illegal dumping while he's been Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor. He also believes that the government can't solve every problem alone. He knows our community's strength is everyone's responsibility and will seek to partner with business leaders, universities, schools and municipalities in supporting policies that are best for District 21.
Scott believes North Carolina's schools should be the pride of the nation. He knows firsthand that in order to make that happen the state has to do more to recruit and retain the best talent to serve our students. Those professionals have to be equipped with excellent curriculum resources, adequately compensated, and given the respect they deserve whether they be a bus driver, a teacher, a nurse, a custodian, or the principal.
Schools have to be a safe place for students to learn and for staff to work. Scott knows counselors, social workers, administrators and school resource officers have their place but he won't shy away from the real problem- a lack of parental involvement and support.
Scott has a problem with students who aren't passing basic competency standards being routinely promoted to the next grade level only to fall further behind. He sees students being labeled with pseudo-disabilities and given excuses to fail that are outside of their control instead of being challenged to reach their full potential. Scott knows that each child, regardless of color, creed, national origin, socio-economic status, or any other categorization, is uniquely capable in the right environment.
The government has some basic functions. However, Scott has seen some policymakers spend so much time attempting to solve every societal issue that they forget their primary responsibilities. Infrastructure is chief among them. Transportation systems like roads, highways, ports, rail-lines , and airports are hugely important to our state and community.
North Carolina was once known as "The Good Roads State." Today, that almost sounds like a joke when you see our traffic and the trash along our highways. Scott is ready to get back to basics to ensure that we have excellent transportation systems, access to safe and affordable utilities, and properly maintained public property.
Scott believes that infrastructure isn't limited to physical resources. He understands that human resources have to be supported too. Public safety professionals like firefighters, EMTs, and police are deserving of our support and appreciation. Our community wouldn't function without roads, sewers, power, or bridges and it certainly wouldn't function without public safety professionals there to answer our calls.
The economic issues facing Wake County are different from those facing other parts of the state. We have job openings but we have to make sure they are attainable for those already living here. Our young people need opportunities waiting for them when they graduate. Schools, community colleges, and our universities must partner with employers to ensure that students have the skills needed for the jobs of tomorrow.
Scott is concerned that as our property values rise so do our property taxes. He wants to ensure that municipal and county taxing authorities are truthful with their citizens. When property values are reassessed and increased that increases a homeowner's tax bill. This "sleight of hand trick" goes on far too often and allows elected officials to raise your taxes with limited accountability.
Scott fully believes that it's not the government's place to create jobs or choose winners and losers in business. Instead, he wants the government to foster an environment where innovation is rewarded and success is accessible to all.