Iredell County Commissioner Gene Houpe plans to continue the work he's been doing for two terms if voters reelect him to a third term later this year.
“It has been an honor and privilege to serve the citizens of Iredell County,” Houpe, a Republican, said in a news release after filing his paperwork last month. “We have worked hard to promote balanced growth, a growing economy and support for our schools which provide a trained workforce."
Houpe also serves on several task forces, board and committees, assignments he says help him in building stronger relationships with officials at county, state and federal levels on behalf of the county, according to the Iredell Free Press.
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“I hope to continue working with other elected officials and citizens to ensure Iredell County continues to be a great place to live, work and raise a family,” Houpe said, according to the news agency, which also reported that Houpe wants to continue advocating for grant funding for school, road and airport projects.
Houpe's seat is one of three that will be on the November 2020 ballot. He is also the District 12 Director of the North Carolina Association of County County Commissioners, a title held by just one other Iredell commissioner. In that position, Houpe represents eight North Carolina counties in the region.
Melissa Neader also filed to run for county commissioner, joining Houpe and challengers Scottie Brown, Raymond Burnette and Ryan Pegarsch.