Missed connections of a new cell phone knocked Jean Fletcher, an incumbent running for Ellerbe Town Council, out of a roundup of candidates printed in the Richmond Daily Journal last week. Her belated answers follow.
Jean C. Fletcher (incumbent)
Occupation: I work for Walmart and have been at the Rockingham store for 28 years. I am currently working as a receiving clerk, and I also serve as the community coordinator for the store.
How long have you lived in Ellerbe? I was born and raised in Ellerbe and now live in a house that my father built in 1956.
Membership in community organizations: I am actively involved in the United Way, Richmond County Chamber of Commerce, Rankin Museum board, Children’s Miracle Network, the Ellerbe Farmers Day 5K race (chairman), N.C. Jaycees Senate (member) and Relay for Life. I am very active in both the First Baptist Church and First Presbyterian Church in Ellerbe, and serve as the chairperson of the Ellerbe Hometown Christmas celebration.
What are the best things about living in Ellerbe? I enjoy the small-town life that we enjoy in Ellerbe. Everyone knows everyone and takes the time to not only speak to each other, but also help each other in all types of situations.
What can you do the improve life for Ellerbe residents? I will continue to work to improve the quality of water the residents of Ellerbe receive. I also plan on working to keep Ellerbe a friendly small town that not only is a great place to live but also a great place to visit. With this in mind, I would work to complete the remodeling and opening of the rest stop that has been closed for some time, thus bringing more people to Ellerbe and more revenue to local businesses.
Why are you running for office? I believe that I bring not only a caring person to the Town Council but also someone who loves Ellerbe and is willing to work hard to improve everyone’s life in our small hometown. I have lived in Ellerbe all my life and want to make Ellerbe the best place to live in Richmond County.
What do you intend to accomplish? I will continue to work to increase local business, increase the quality for life for our residents, clean our neighborhoods, and keep our town safe for everyone.