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.