Braswell held seat for 12 years including a term as Chairman
Today (Thursday), former Johnston County Commissioner Tony Braswell announced his intent to file for election to the seat he held for 12 years.
“I have been out of office for over a year now, and had the opportunity to step back and spend time in our community. I believe that my record as a fiscal conservative, commitment to our community, and my advocacy for our citizens is essential for Johnston County” said Braswell. “This campaign will address what is important to the taxpayers and voters and my experience gives me the ability to talk about the depth of issues in our county. As the owner and operator of two small businesses, I understand the need to control spending, differentiate between needs and wants, and hold people accountable.”
Braswell’s top issue is a property tax rate cut in 2019. There has not been a revaluation in Johnston County since 2011, and property values will increase. State law requires a revenue-neutral tax rate.
“The 2019 budget year is the time to lower the tax rate so everyone can benefit from the growth this county has seen for years. The current financial policy sets the fund balance and should not change.”
Braswell’s other priorities in running for the District 6 seat are education budgeting, working with stakeholders in the towns across Johnston County in land use, and eliminating the trash decal system. As a Vietnam Veteran, Braswell is also committed to a strong Veteran’s support system.
“We can work with the Board of Education as partners, not adversaries. As Commissioner, I would like for more of the allocation used for teacher supplements and basic classroom supplies.”
Braswell is also committed to working with County staff and other elected officials to keep Johnston County as one of the leaders in responsible public safety.
“I will work with the county’s public safety, public health, and all other emergency systems that continue to make our county safe.”
“I am asking for your prayers, your vote, and your support to help make Johnston County all it can be and represent the citizens in this county in a manner they expect. I promise to work tirelessly as your County Commissioner and together we can make a difference.”
Graduated Pine Level High School
Attended Harbarger Business College, Johnston Community College
Married to Nobie Tench Braswell for 24 years
7 Children, 9 Grandchildren and recently adopted Khloe age 8, and Aidan age 10
Served in the US Army for 3 years, 1 tour of duty in Vietnam, and received the Army Commendation Medal for meritorious service in that country and currently has a service connected disability with VA.
Spent 32 years in the AGRI Insurance industry, retired in 2005 as Vice President, Division Manager for fifteen states.
Owner Legends Real Estate and Holt Lake Gas & Grill and attends Temple Baptist church
Elected Held Offices:
Johnston County Commissioner 2004-2016
Vice Chairman, County Commissioners 2012-2014
Chairman, County Commissioners 2014-2016
Mayor, Town of Pine Level 1999-2003
Commissioner, Town of Pine Level, 2 Terms
Board of Directors, NC Association of County Commissioners
Life Member – Johnston County DAV
Charter Member – Pine Level VFW
Past Commander – Pine Level American Legion
Charter Member – Vietnam Veterans of America, Smithfield Chapter
Past Member – Johnston County Veterans Advisory Committee
Charter Member – Johnston County Vietnam Veterans of America
Appointments and Civic Organizations:
Chairman, NC Veterans Affairs Commission
Past Vice Chairman, Board of Commissioners Johnston Medical Center
Past Member, Johnston County EMS Advisory Board – Commissioner Rep
Past Member, Chairman Johnston County Fire Focus Committee
Member, Selma Masonic Lodge 320
Past Member, NCPK Committee
Past Member, Pine Level Fire Department
Past Member, Pine Level Lions Club
Past Board Member, Johnston County Council on Aging
Past Board Member, Tobacco Farm Life Museum
Past, CE Insurance Instructor
Health and Human Services Committee NC
Child Fatality Task Force Appointment