Owen Thomas

Title: Council Member

Municipality: City of Lumberton

Position Interested In: District Representative (District 7)

Tell us why you would like to serve in a leadership position at the League. In particular, specify goals you would like to accomplish as an officer or board member and indicate how, if attained, they will help to achieve Vision 2030 – the League’s future vision of how cities and towns will operate in 2030.

As a newly elected board member, much of the value that I see myself adding to the board still stands true. I am representing a portion of rural NC that has been devastated by 2 catastrophic hurricanes in the last few years. I understand much of what it is like for families, business owners, infrastructure, and government to be truly damaged. We are now in a time in our world where we need strength to overcome what we are currently going through. I feel as if I can continue to bring strength and represent the 7th district in the highest regard. I continue to have access and relationships to local, state, and federal government officials. It is very important to me to ensure that district 7 and NC have a seat at the table when we are having conversations regarding funding and implementing legislation.

Tell us about your experience as a municipal official. You may want to include information on your service on the municipal governing body, other related boards and special areas of interest.

As I finish my first term on council, I am very proud to say that I continue to learn everyday. I have learned from mentors in local, state, and federal government. My relationships within the our state local government on the NCLM board has been a huge win in my opinion. Our NCLM staff is professional and does everything in their power to put our local government in the best position and I am so proud of that.

Tell us about your educational background, professional experience, and/or community or civic activities. 

I have a Master of Business of Administration and the relationships I built while a student has led me to a position as an adjunct professor. I am an insurance agent which allows me to have those conversations with staff and other board members as I understand and can give educated advice on those pressing issues. I also serve on a few state government committees that I have been appointed to.

Have You Participated in Any NCLM Events or Committees? 

  • CityVision Annual Conference

  • Town & State Dinner or Town Hall Days

  • Advocacy Goals Conference

  • Regional Meetings

  • Legislative Lobby Days

Please provide any other information you would like the Nominations Committee to consider.

I would like to reiterate how proud I have to be a current member with every other member serving and I look forward to continue to bring value to the board representing District 7.

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