05/31/04 — Pate promises to continue keeping pledges

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Pate promises to continue keeping pledges

By Matt Shaw
Published in News on May 31, 2004 1:56 PM

N.C. Rep. Louis Pate says he had kept the promises made during his campaign for the N.C. General Assembly.

He intends to keep representing the "conservative values of Wayne County" in the Legislature, he said in his campaign statement.

Pate, of Mount Olive, was elected to the N.C. House in 2002. He also served one term in the 1990s. He is unopposed this year in the 11th District.

"I have worked very hard to serve the people of Wayne County, and I have developed strong relationships with our local government and business leaders," Pate said. "I filed for this office with great hope for the future and a sincere belief in the goodness of Wayne County's people."

During his 2002 campaign, Pate promised to oppose any tax increases. He voted against the 2003 state budget for that reason, he said.

He also promised to support fire and emergency first-responders and has worked to provide them more funding, he said.

Finally, he promised to bring more jobs to Wayne County. He has worked closely with economic developers and local officials to improve local infrastructure and community college retraining programs, he said.

"I have worked hard to keep in touch with my constitutients, and I would appreciate the opportunity to continue serving them in the N.C. House," he said.

"I pledged to provide conservative leadership for Wayne County, and as a state representative, I have represented the conservative values of Wayne County every day," he continued.

Pate is chairman of the House's ways and means committee and belongs to the agriculture, appropriations, education, and local government II committees.

Pate is the former president and chief executive officer of Garner Brothers Building Supply. He is an Air Force retiree, retiring as a major. He holds a bachelor's degree and master's degree in business from Golden Gate University.

He and his wife, Joyce, have been married for 38 years. They have three children and six grandchildren.