Incumbent Stanly Commissioners in primary faceoff over Alcoa

Incumbent Stanly County Commissioners Tony Dennis and Jann Lowder face challengers in both the Republican primary and fall general election - and it comes down to a referendum on Alcoa's relicensing.  Stanly County voters are M-A-D about spending over $5 million dollars to obstruct Alcoa's license, while cutting back on schools and other vital services - and - passing on Clean Tech's $300 million investment and 450 high-paying jobs.

Peter Asciutto  I will bring a fresh set of eyes to the ALCOA debate with the goal of breaking the stalemate that is costing the taxpayers of Stanly County over $1,000,000 per year. The current set of county commissioners has not sufficiently explained how our county will benefit if the State of North Carolina manages our dams.

The current five Republican County Commissioners, in their fight against ALCOA, are giving the perception that they do not want to do business with International Companies that are making a profit. How can we recruit foreign companies with that attitude? How do they expect companies to relocate to Stanly County when elected officials continually attack one of our biggest taxpayers?

Heather Couick Stanly County had a chance to start to turn this economy around with the Clean Tech deal and it let it go. This would not have only meant jobs to hundreds of unemployed people but money to the county and schools.

Alcoa has done a lot for the county and will continue to [do so]. The goal, to work with Alcoa to put a plan on the table that will not only benefit them but the County and the people. Because I fear at the rate our current commissioners are going funds much needed elsewhere will be used instead to pay lawyers for a battle they will never win and taxpayers will be the ones who pay, our children will pay with crowded schools and less teachers, small businesses will pay with closed doors due to decreased sales due to lack of jobs, new industry will be too afraid to consider us for fear of being in the middle of a political war, more and more people will move from our wonderful county in order to find work elsewhere.

Dorian Creeden  Alcoa - whether you agree or disagree with the lawsuit - it has negatively impacted Stanly county.  Every effort should have been made to secure the Clean Tech jobs for Stanly County.  Unfortunately, Tony Dennis and Jann Lowder decided otherwise.  Because of incompetent and failed leadership, those jobs are gone forever.

When you are in the ballot booth casting your  vote for Stanly County Board of Commissioners, remember who let the 450+ new jobs get away from a county which desperately needs jobs.

Concerned Citizens of Stanly County  In Response to the Commissioner’s “Let’s Get The Facts Right” Ad

(Commissioners did not sue Alcoa.  The case was against NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources for not protecting public health and water quality for the county.)

1.  The commissioners have aggressively fought to stop Alcoa’s relicensing of the Yadkin Project.  Most of the details of that fight remain a mystery to most of the citizens of Stanly County.  We do know that over $5 million of precious tax money has been recklessly spent on PR, lawyers and lobbyists during a time of economic recession and tax shortfalls.

(NO vote was taken against Clean Tech.)

2.  The commissioners went through the motions, but they never fully supported nor did they properly nurture the Clean Tech decision to locate in Badin.  Clean Tech would have moved to Badin and created more than 450 good jobs.  The large infrastructure upgrades at the Badin Works plant, to be paid for by Alcoa to attract Clean Tech, would have created jobs for many contractors and work crews in the area.  Simply put, the commissioners never wanted to halt their battle with Alcoa over relicensing in exchange for the Clean Tech jobs.  Alcoa had made it clear from day one that they were bringing this major jobs project to Badin, and investing many millions into this jobs project in exchange for the commissioners dropping their active lawsuit against relicensing.

(Commissioners have NEVER voted against jobs.)

3.  Of course the commissioners did not “officially” vote against this major jobs program that Alcoa hoped to bring to Badin.  But again, they did not embrace or nurture Clean Tech but added confusion and made unattainable, constantly changing demands.  They kept moving the goal post.  The final result of their actions drove Clean Tech and good jobs away from Stanly County.

(There have been NO secret meetings.  Closed session meetings are NOT secret meetings.)

4.  The commissioners held an unreasonable number of meetings in closed session that dealt directly with Alcoa relicensing issues and Clean Tech.  Because of these closed session meetings we have no full and proper record of what actually happened behind closed doors.  It is clear the commissioners were unwilling to have these discussions in an open and transparent regular meeting.   The facts are unknown and that allows political spin to replace what should have been accurate reports from the press.

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Comment by CRY ME A RIVER OF OPPORTUNITIE$ on April 29, 2012 at 5:53pm

I doubt the voters in Stanly County will be so easily fooled by the incumbent job-killing commissioners.  It's been quite a "DAM SCAM" for over two years, now.

Comment by flowerchild on April 29, 2012 at 9:19pm

The Commissioners should have called their ad "Let's Get the Semantics Right."  Open your dictionaries students.  The Board is going to teach us how to avoid responsibility for your actions by using clever wording.

Comment by Whigkid on April 30, 2012 at 11:45pm

Have you seen Bruce Thompson's $75,000 kitchen renovation on HGTV?


That’s Bruce Thompson, Stanly County’s PAID Registered Lobbyist.
S-s-s-s-s-s-s-s-sev-sev-sev-sev-seventy THOUSAND to renovate what wasn’t a bad kitchen to begin with.
 
The median household income in Stanly County in 2009 was $41,126.  The median price of homes (that’s entire homes, including a kitchen) in 2011 was around $115,000.  Unemployment is over 10%.
 
This guy clearly doesn’t live in the same universe I do!  And he’s doing it on Stanly County taxpayers’ dimes.
Comment by Stop Global Whining on May 1, 2012 at 11:53am

Oh, come now, Whigkid!  Candice claimed before that $70,000 kitchen remodel that it was a "tired space"!  Would you wanna work out of such a tired space, if it could be brought up to standards for a paltry sum of $70,000?  LOL!

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