A fourth candidate has applied for a vacant seat on the Johnston County Board of Commissioners.
On Tuesday, Brent Wiggs of Little Creek Church Road, Clayton applied for the District 6 seat being vacated by Commissioner Keith Branch who is stepping down effective September 30th. Branch won election in November but recently accepted a new job that will require more of his time.
“I have lived in Johnston County my entire life and I have a great love for this county and the people who live here,” Wiggs wrote in his application on Tuesday. “There are many huge decisions to be made in the coming years for this county that is growing by leaps and bounds and I believe that my conservative views with a true sense of morals and values will be helpful to the seat and to the people of this great place we call home.”
Wiggs, 42, has been a sales representative with Mutual Distributing Company of Raleigh since 1998. He is also a small business owner, operating Little Creek Labs since 2010, where he operates a successful business of breeding champion Labrador Retreivers.
A 1993 graduate of Smithfield Selma High, Wiggs is a current member at First Baptist Church in Smithfield. He is also a Committee Member of the Middle Neuse River Delta Waterfowl. From 2006 to 2011 he was a baseball coach for the Wilson’s Mills and Smithfield Parks and Recreation Departments. He was a Deacon and Committee Member at Wilson’s Mills Baptist Church from 2003 to 2008.
“As a people person who relates to community members from all walks of life, I know how to get results. I am also a small business owner within the community and I know firsthand what it takes to have a strong work ethic and succeed as a business owner.”
Previously, Darryl Mitchell of Edgecombe Street, Smithfield; David Lee Jackson of North Second Street, Smithfield; and Mark Kelly Lee of Whitley Drive, Smithfield have applied for the position.
The deadline to submit an application for the vacant seat is 5:00PM this Friday, September 29th. Under state law, commissioners have 60 days to fill the vacancy.