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I am running for county commissioner because I am deeply concerned about the specter of unchecked and undirected growth overwhelming our county in the coming years. In 2014, a study was published predicting the creation of a megalopolis between Raleigh and Atlanta in the next 50 years.

A megalopolis is an area of uninterrupted urban development, and examples are the Boston/Washington D.C. and Ft. Lauderdale/Miami regions.

Alamance County is projected to grow in population by 30% in the next 20 years. With a current population of about 155,000, we will gain about 40,000 new residents. If some are married and some are children, it stands to reason that we will gain at least 15,000-20,000 households.

Where will these people live? We need county government that is forward-looking and anticipates future challenges.

Smart Growth

North Carolina is one of the fastest growing states in the country, and Alamance County is right in the middle of it all.  We have so many great attributes that make a community attractive:  a community college, a university, interstate access, rail service, a good public school system, an airport, and low taxes.  As we grow in population, it is so important that we use smart growth principles to maintain our quality of life and our identity as a community.

Over the years, so much of county government discussion has focused on the tax rate and how to chop up the county budget.  Amy believes county government should have a greater vision, one that seeks to plan for the future.  We should think about what kind of community we would like to see in thirty years and take steps now to try to create that future.

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Smart growth is critical for Alamance County
Agriculture in Alamance County, Support Amy Galey for Alamance County Commissioner
I respect those who earn a living working the land, and value the benefits that local agriculture brings to the community.

Preserving Agriculture

Amy’s work to preserve the agricultural history of the county arises from her growing up amid the farms of Union Ridge. She respects those who earn a living working the land, and she values the benefits that local agriculture brings to the community.

Amy supports farmland preservation through purchasing the development rights of farmers who volunteer to participate in the program.  She has worked with the Jordan Lake One Water Association to find ways to increase funding for conservation easements in Alamance County, paid for by those who use the Jordan Lake for drinking water.  She seeks ways to support local agriculture while respecting the property rights of those who live in the country.

Amy also works with farm-to-table initiatives like Healthy Alamance to encourage farmer’s markets and other ways to bring farmers and consumers together.  She believes that the more profitable farming is, the more sustainable agriculture will be.  Amy acknowledges that at its heart agriculture is an important business, and farmers are entrepreneurs who need the encouragement and support of the community.

Education

When people are looking to move to an area, two things they think about are crime rate and the quality of the public school system. Amy supports gradual increases to the Alamance Burlington School System while recognizing that some in our community simply can’t afford rising property taxes. As we think about the community we envision for our future, public education that is responsive to the needs of the middle class is fundamental.

We should have well maintained and adequate facilities, disciplined and orderly classrooms, and students who are being prepared for the future.

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We should have well maintained and adequate facilities, disciplined and orderly classrooms and students who are being prepared for the future.