Harris Announces Reelection Bid To County Commission Seat

SMITHFIELD – Patrick Harris has announced his intention to seek reelection to the Johnston County Board of Commissioners, District 5. Commissioner Harris was first elected to the Board of Commissioners in 2018 and currently serves on the Johnston County Board of Health; Social Services Board; Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation Board of Directors; and the Local Emergency Planning Committee.

Patrick spent 30 years in emergency response management with a background ranging from the NC Division of Forestry to Federal Emergency Management Agency, where he served on the Southeast Regional Response Team from 1986 to 1994. Patrick was a State Emergency Management Coordinator, Fire & EMS Instructor, and a Fire / Arson Investigator.

Patrick retired as Director of Emergency Services for the Town of Smithfield where he was responsible for municipal fire and emergency medical services management budget oversight and administration for the Fire and EMS Departments. From July 2011 until November 2017, Patrick served as Chief Executive Officer and CFO for Smithfield Crossings Family Healthcare, PA, Urgent Care of Smithfield, PA, and was co-founder and managing member of Harris Health, LLC. Patrick led both corporations to a successful merger with Med First Primary & Urgent Care in November 2017.

Patrick previously served as the Chairman of the Johnston County Republican Party and has served on the executive board in different roles from 2015 to 2018. Also, Patrick is a recipient of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine and was awarded this honor by Governor Pat McCrory in 2015.

Most recently in 2020, Patrick & Victoria founded Barbecue Provision Company – a southern smokehouse BBQ restaurant located in the Carolina Premium Outlets in Smithfield.

“I believe that after serving the past 36 years in state and local government, my commitment to small business, fiscal and resource management, as well as my strong family and Christian values give me the experience and decision-making background needed to serve continue to serve the citizens of Johnston County as a Commissioner.”

“Johnston County has a bright future, and with strong leadership, we will continue to make critical investments in our education system, emergency response teams, and in a smart economic growth plan to fulfill our powerful vision for growth and opportunity.”

“I look forward to this amazing opportunity to serve another term as a Johnston County Commissioner and would consider it a great honor to be chosen once again as your representative.”

Patrick resides in Smithfield with his wife Victoria and has a daughter Taylor Anne who lives in Morrisville.


  1. Mr. Bar-B-Que also known as Mr. Patrick Harris has so pleasantly surprised me since being elected to this commissioner seat. Yes Johnston County Tax Payers I did vote for Mr. Bar-B-Que with more apprehension and hesitant than ever because of his extensive background in local government. You see in the local government position he has been in over the years he had to be very careful not to show his political ideology because the local board are subject to change and we all know how that works right. Mr. Harris I do want to give you a that a boy for staying steady, sturdy and strong with your stand with Mr. Fred Smith and schooling the other county commissioners and school board on how the Johnston County Commissioners control the purse strings that fund this local school board. Sad to say I didn’t have that same apprehension or wasn’t hesitant in voting for Mr. Tony “WRAL” Braswell and was greatly disappointed seeing Mr. Tony “WRAL” Braswell run into the arms of the liberal progressive liberal WRAL after the vote for a CRT Policy to protest his his loyalty in defending Critical Race Theory. Johnston County Tax Payers in my humble opinion I voted for the man I thought I knew (Tony”WRAL”Braswell) and got the devil I never knew.


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