Editor’s note: All applicants received two questionnaires by the News + Record. The first asked general questions about the candidates and their goals; the second posed specific political questions to the office.
The questions are indicated in bold, any question left blank has not been answered by the candidate.
How long have you lived in Chatham County?
Age on election day:
Profession (where you work, what you do):
Campaign Website/Social Media:
Facebook Peyton Moody for Commissioner
Editor’s note: Moody’s Facebook campaign page could not be located online.
Party Affiliation (even if your race is non-partisan):
Current and previous elective offices held or sought and offices you have held:
Campaign Manager (if applicable):
Campaign Treasurer (if applicable):
Why are you looking for this office?
To help support and improve our county in a positive way
What makes you the best candidate on the ballot?
Be a longtime resident and business owner raising a family in the county with the knowledge to improve the area for everyone who lives here and businesses who want to locate here
Give us a job description that you would write yourself if elected to this seat:
Be proactive instead of reactive to growth and other necessary initiatives in the county. Remember the council is there to serve the people of the county
What three specific, measurable and achievable goals would you pursue if elected?
Tax reduction, putting departmental resources at the service of the population, controlled growth
What are the biggest challenges in Chatham and/or North Carolina right now – and how would you tackle them?
Law enforcement, school systems, uncontrolled growth. Put the entities in place to make each of them more efficient. Use common sense to do what is best for citizens
Chatham County is one of the fastest growing counties in the state. What do you see as the main challenges/opportunities arising from this growth and how would you address them?
Growth must have the infrastructure to support it. it comes from excellent planning
What is your overall vision of the role of the elected body you wish to join? Does he fulfill his mission now? If not, what should be changed?
Run the “business” of the county without ever forgetting that we are working for the citizens. We must strive to meet all their needs. Currently this is not happening. No structure to the new plans, they seem to have no regard for the wishes of the people. (Each side of the county)
Do you think the 2020 presidential election produced fair and legitimate results? (Please answer “yes” or “no” and then, if you wish, you have 100 words to support your answer.)
Political/Government Hero: Ron Desantis
Favourite book: Bible
Last read book: good to excellent
Favorite movie: Alone at home
Community/civic engagement: Goldston Methodist Church. gentlemen of america
Favorite things about Chatham County: land and people
Personal motto or philosophy in one line: God, family, country
Strongest Childhood Ambition: be like my parents
Most important life goal you have achieved: My family
Office specific questions
Chatham County historically faces large socio-economic divides between the east and west sides of the county. What can be done to bridge this divide and how do you foresee County Commissioners contributing to this process?
This is something that I believe needs a lot of attention. We are two radically different counties in one. We have to start by acknowledging it first and foremost. A recent study citing Chatham as one of the wealthiest counties in the state also pointed out that if the county were split into two counties, the western portion would be among the poorest counties in the state. To merge the two sides, we must first consider the needs of each side. Using zoning as an example, in 2018 undesirable and unnecessary zoning was passed affecting residents of the western part of the county. Now I understand that as a county there has to be some symmetry, but drawing a line that whatever is in Chapel Hill or in the business park is best for citizens of Bennett, is completely idiotic. In my opinion, the current board has not done its best to find the middle ground that works best for the county as a whole. Going forward, I would work to represent every citizen in the county, regardless of side, and to make decisions based on what is best for the people of Chatham.
Increased development in the county has strained its stormwater and wastewater management infrastructure. What can be done at the county level to ensure residents have access to sustainable and clean water sources?
We need to consult better with professionals in areas where the county needs help. Although I know we just need a new wastewater report with lots of options, why haven’t we done this sooner? I think now all attention needs to be drawn to this report so that the board can make a decision to start improving the current situation. Although you cannot plan everything and we cannot predict the future, better planning should have been in place given the residential growth and industrial potential that has been going on for the past few years. And I think without a better plan in place, we will soon be battling this same problem in other areas of our county. Siler City is a perfect example. The town barely has water to run now. We need to set up partnerships to not only guarantee quality and unlimited water to citizens. But also learn from our mistakes in areas like Briar Chapel that are preparing for the sewage that will come from infrastructure growth.
With major investments in the county from VinFast, FedEx and the CAM site, how do you think the county should manage growth while ensuring that the interests of existing residents are heard?
The growth ahead is exciting for our region. But if we don’t control this growth and protect the citizens of the county, this growth quickly becomes frightening. These investments should generate income from many different angles, all of which should benefit everyone in Chatham. While businesses are incentivized to build in an area, we still have to collect taxes and other sources of revenue from those businesses which will ultimately ease the burden on every person in this county, while providing a place close to home to earn well. their lives and support their families. The people of this county cannot afford, and should not afford, to cover the tax implications that come with more infrastructure. Such as more fire/EMS/law enforcement, more schools, etc.… I would ensure that although we are a welcoming place to bring profitable business, we first take care of the people who call this place home every day.
Increased economic growth is also expected to lead to a population boom, many of which will require housing for middle- and low-income earners. How do you think the county should address its looming affordable housing problem?
We need to start by making sure that we make decisions for county residents that don’t add more citizens to the list of people who fall into this category. With the median home price in our county now at $600,000. More and more people will fall into the category of people in need of affordable housing. Raising tax rates will not alleviate this, it will only make it worse. We need a council that can reach out to state leaders and show the need for state funding to help us build affordable housing, in all areas of the county. At first glance, from a broad overview of our county, it will not appear that we need state funding. But we do. And with the increase in population to come, this need will increase. And if we don’t monitor our citizens and control and or reduce taxes, the needs will increase beyond what is expected. Most people in this county cannot afford to bear the financial burden of paying for our leaders’ poor planning through higher taxes and regulations.