Challenger makes bid for commissioner seat

Tim Sloan pledges 'true committment'
Feb. 04, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Timothy Sloan, a Democrat and master scheduler at Pfizer, has announced his intent to campaign for the seat on the Lee County Board of Commissioners now occupied by Charlie Parks.

The seat represents District 2, which covers almost all of eastern Lee County, stretching from the Chatham County line in the north to Carolina Trace in the south. The western boundaries fall along Hawkins Avenue and Highway 87; the district also doesn't include a portion of land in and around downtown Sanford, which roughly lines up with the Sanford city limits.

Parks, a Republican and the chairman of the board, said Monday after being told of Sloan's announcement that he has still not decided whether he will seek re-election.

Sloan said in a press release that he believes the image of Lee County needs improvement, and that he hopes to help make it better through a platform focused on economic development, increased funding for public education and a greater emphasis on workforce development partnerships with local companies.

"Lee County is facing too many losses — loss in jobs because no new industry is coming into the county and current jobs are leaving, loss in education because there are no funds to support enhancements in technology for teaching and learning, and loss in workforce training and development as illustrated by the limited collaboration that exists between industry and educational institutions such as Central Carolina Community College," he wrote.

Sloan is a fifth-generation Lee County resident, a 30-year member of the Cape Fear Rural Fire Department and a lifelong member of Salem Presbyterian Church, where he teaches Sunday school, he noted in his release. He is also on the steering committee for the Sanford-Lee County Partnership for Prosperity and serves on the N.C. Farm Bureau Board of Directors for Lee County.

He is a licensed building contractor, has a bachelor's degree from N.C. State University in poultry science and has a professional background in pharmaceuticals, having worked at Wyeth and then Pfizer in Sanford.

"I will bring to this role a high level of professional experience and ability and a true commitment to the citizens who give me their trust," said Sloan, who is running for public office for the first time.