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Keen seeking re-election to county commission seat

By From staff reports
Published in News on February 22, 2012 1:46 PM

Steve Keen

Republican Wayne County Commissioner Steve Keen Tuesday filed for a second term representing District 4 on the board.

Filing for the May 8 primary ends Wednesday, Feb. 29, at noon.

A local property developer and former owner of Adam's Auto Wash in Goldsboro and Greenville, Keen spent four years in the U.S. Navy, receiving an honorable discharge as a operations specialist third class.

Keen, a past member and chairman of the Wayne County Planning Board, said it has been an honor and a privilege to serve the people as their conservative voice on the board.

"I have worked to attract jobs to Wayne County by making our county more business-friendly," he said in a prepared statement. "I have fought to bring more balanced representation to the numerous boards and commissions that impact our families and businesses. I have fought to keep our spending and tax rate as low as possible. Finally, I have been clear, direct and honest with you about the challenges facing our county -- something you should demand from all public servants.

"During my three years as a county commissioner, I have sought to take action to solve the important problems facing our county. Unfortunately, I have often been the lone conservative voice in this fight. When I have raised issues, others want to keep 'talking' about them. It's time to stop talking and start doing."

Keen said he filed for a second term because he believes there is much work still to be done if Wayne County is to again be a regional leader in eastern North Carolina.

It is time to stop talking about the challenges facing the county and to start doing something instead, he said.

"I need your help -- and I need reinforcements -- in order to make that happen," he said. "As we begin the 2012 campaign, I invite you to join in our effort to bring pro-active, solution-oriented conservative leadership to Wayne County. I am in this fight to make a difference, but I cannot do it without your help.

"Like you, I love Wayne County. This is home -- it is the county where I raised my family and built my businesses. I firmly believe that Wayne County can once again be a leader and economic center in eastern North Carolina. Our county needs common-sense, results-focused conservative leadership to make this vision a reality. With your help, we will win this election and realize our shared vision for the future of Wayne County."