Appointee to board of commissioners to seek election to first full term next year

Republican county commissioner Craig Turner is announcing his plan to run for the seat that he currently holds on the county’s governing board in next year’s elections.

An attorney by trade, Turner was appointed to the board of commissioners earlier this year to fill out the unexpired term of its former chairman Amy Scott Galey, who has gone on to serve in North Carolina’s state senate. Turner, who owes his appointment to the leadership of Alamance County’s Republican Party, intends to seek a full, four-year term on the board to follow his current appointment, which is slated to run out in December of 2022

A native of Alamance County, Turner is characterized in his campaign announcement as a “veteran, a successful attorney” and “a political outsider” as well as “a fighter for conservative causes.”

“Craig voted to increase funding for public safety to make our community safer, including 5 percent more funding for the sheriff’s office” the announcement elaborates. “He also voted to cut property taxes, so families can keep more of their hard-earned money.

“Craig’s priorities,” the announcement continues, “are keeping taxes low, supporting economic development and attracting new businesses to the area, makings sure parents have a say in their children’s education, working to expand ROTC programs in local public schools, and supporting our farmers by protecting agriculture.”

A graduate of Williams High School, Turner went on to attend the United States Naval Academy before he embarked on an eight-year career in the Navy that included a stint as a radar intercept officer in an F-14 Tomcat. He subsequently attended Elon’s Law School, where he graduated at the top of his class.

Turner currently practices law at the Fox Rothschild Law Firm in Greensboro. He is also a long-time parishioner at Burlington’s St. Mark’s Church and an active member of Alamance County’s Republican Party.

Although today’s announcement marks the unofficial start of Turner’s campaign, he won’t be able to formally register his candidacy for the board of commissioner until the state board of elections launches a two-week candidate registration period for next year’s elections on Monday, December 6.