Liz Ponder, Democrat, District 5

Liz Ponder, Democrat, District 5

Part one: Let’s talk the issues in 25 words or less. 

1. Do you support the county sales tax referendum? What about the bond referendum for schools?

Sales taxes should increase before property taxes to capitalize on tourism. However due to recent raises, any additional tax unreasonably burdens working families. Yes, bond.

2. What is the most pressing issue facing the district you are running to represent?

Carteret is a top 10 leader in substance abuse overdoses throughout North Carolina. This county needs a longterm treatment facility to help families in crisis.

3. Do you support offshore testing, drilling and development off the state’s coast?

No.  Carteret County’s economic, ecological and industrial security depend on healthy waterways and marine life.  Any offshore development threatens our economy and environment.

4. How can the county better adapt to climate change and prepare for future storms? 

Carteret needs to reexamine flood plains and adapt ordinances to better protect property, businesses and infrastructure. Any preparedness plans should involve local organizations and churches.

5. Do you support school reopening in person, virtually or a hybrid model given the coronavirus pandemic?

School reopening is determined by the school board, not the commissioners. The school board is an independently elected board, and I respect their voter-mandated autonomy.

6. Would you like to see the Confederate monument remain on courthouse grounds in Beaufort?

It is critical that the first impression justice-seekers get at our courthouse isn't conflated with bias. The statue should be safely relocated.

Part two: Meet your candidate. 

Age: 38

Mailing Address: 3110 Arendell St., Suite 0, Morehead City, NC

Contact: ponder4carteret@gmail.com

Education: Bachelor of Arts: History; Bachelor of Arts: Peace, War, and Defense (UNC Chapel Hill); Juris Doctor (Suffolk University Law School, cum laude).

Liz Ponder is running to tackle the hard issues that have plagued Carteret County. She responds to the needs of the community and will zealously advocate for those who feel that their voices are silenced. While a student at UNC, she met her husband Steven, a U.S. Army soldier stationed at Ft. Bragg. Liz attended law school in Massachusetts and was privileged to return to North Carolina in 2017. Liz operates her solo law firm in Morehead City. 

When Hurricane Florence hit our county in 2018, Liz felt compelled to help hurricane victims find temporary housing. She helped host a housing fair at Ann Street Methodist Church, which led to her involvement as the vice chair of the Carteret Long Term Recovery Alliance. Liz helps residents with FEMA appeals, increase insurance payouts and locating housing. Liz is also actively involved in the Beaufort Middle School PTO. Liz and Steven have been married for 15 years. They have two wonderful children, Jacob and Leah.

 

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