Friday, June 14, 2024

114 West Elm Street
Graham, NC 27253
Ph: 336.228.7851

MEET THE CANDIDATES: GOP candidates for county commissioner (voters to select three)

Ryan Bowden

Full name: Kenneth (Ryan) Bowden
Nickname: N/A
Born: Date of birth: April 5, 1983.
Place of birth: Burlington, NC, Alamance County.
Education: Southern Alamance High School 2001; Graduated from Universal Technical Institute Houston, Texas 2002; Graduated from the 53rd Greensboro Fire Training Academy in 2004.
Military service: N/A
Occupation/place of employment: Firefighter with the City of Greensboro and Small Business Owner/Operator with Sunset Slush of Alamance County.
Family: Spouse: Tina, married 18 years this November.
Children: Brianna age 16 and Brylee age 10.
Religion/church affiliation: Christian; member of Grace Chapel Church in Burlington.
Organizations: N/A
Political career: Current Member of Alamance-Burlington Board of Education. Served as Vice-Chairman in 2023.Elected 2020 and Term ends 2024.
Address: 4220 Chippenham Ct., Graham.


Leonard Harrison

[As noted elsewhere, Leonard Harrison did not provide biographical information or responses to the newspaper’s election questionnaire. The Board of Elections says Leonard Robert Harrison, of 3161 Fieldstone Lane, Mebane, will be listed on the ballot as Leonard Harrison.]

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Barry Joyce

Full name: Barry C. Joyce
Nickname, if any: —
Born: Date of birth: October 1, 1952.
Place of birth: Bur-lington, Alamance County.
Education: Western Alamance High School, 1970; Elon University, B.A. in Business Administration, 1980; NCA&T and NC State, Masters in Education, 1984.
Military service: U.S. Army, 1971-1974.
Occupation/place of employment: Somers Pardue Agency, VP Commercial Sales.
Family: Spouse: Theresa, married 52 years.
Children: Kelly Webster, 45, of Burlington; Erica Hudson, 42, Dunn, NC;
Religion/church affiliation: Nondenominational.
Organizations: American Legion Member; Former ACC Trustee; Former Burlington Jaycee.
Political career: —
Address: 2945 Doris Drive, Burlington.

John Paisley, Jr.

Full name: John Porter Paisley, Jr.
Nickname: —
Born: July 20, 1948 in McLeansville, Guilford County
Education: B.A. in Business Administration, Elon College, 1970; Juris Doctorate, Wake Forest University School of Law, 1973;
Military service: N/A
Occupation/place of employment: attorney/ John P Paisley Attorney at Law
Family: Spouse: Joyce Aldret Paisley, married 50 years
Children: Child: Janet Paisley Terry, Cedar Point, and Grandchildren: Jackson Porter Terry and Paisley Anne Grace Terry; Child: Susan Paisley Hedrick, Burlington, and Grandchildren: Emily Hedrick McCann, Burlington, Great-Grandchildren: Noah McCann and Daniel McCann, Grandchildren: Brian Hedrick, Bur-lington; Child: John Porter Paisley, III, Germert, the Netherlands, Grandchildren: Tijn Paisley and Fenna Paisley; Child: Elizabeth Aldret Paisley, Albuquerque, NM;
Religion/church affiliation: First Presbyterian Church
Organizations: Alamance County Bar Association – Past President; Elon Alumni Board – Past Member; Jaycees – Past Member; Alamance Civitans – Past President; Boy Scouts of America – Eagle Scout and Order of the Arrow;
Political career: Chairman, Alamance County Board of Commissioners – Schools Facility Committee, Recreation and Parks Commission; Alamance County Transportation Authority (ACTA); Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART) Board;
Address: 1104 East Willowbrook Drive, Burlington.


Ed Priola

Full name: Edward J. Priola
Nickname, if any: Ed
Born: Date of birth: May 9, 1954
Place of birth: Topeka, Kansas
Education: B.A. in Political Science, SUNY New Paltz, 1982; M.A. in Organizational Communication, Bowie State University, 2007; Doctor of Management, University of Maryland University College, 2016.
Military service: Unable to volunteer due to knee injury.
Occupation/place of employment: Communication Professor teaching for Campbell University (in-person and online), University of Maryland Global Campus (online), and Purdue University Global (online).
Family: Spouse: Larisa, married 12 years.
Children: —
Religion/church affiliation: Christian.
Organizations: Volunteer, Alamance County Meals on Wheels (since 2022); Substitute Teacher, Alamance Burlington School System (during 2022-2023 school year);
Political career: Given a White House Appointment to the USDA, 1989.
Address: 737 S Eighth Street, Mebane.


Pamela Tyler Thompson

Full name: Pamela Tyler Thompson
Nickname, if any: —
Born: Date of birth: April 13, 1959.
Place of birth: Burlington, Alamance County.
Education: Southern Alamance High School, 1977; Cosmetology, Associates Degree, 1980.
Military service: None.
Occupation/place of employment: Drug Addiction Advocate; Alamance County Commissioner.
Family: Spouse: Craig T. Thompson, married 34 years.
Children: Natalie Shaye Thompson, 33, Greensboro; Sophie Nicole Thompson, 29, Jamestown; Evan Gabriel Thompson, 26, Gibsonville.
Religion/church affiliation: Harvest Baptist Church, Burlington.
Organizations: Celebrate Recovery-Addiction advocate; NC Governor’s Crime Commission-Commissioner; Piedmont Triad Regional Council-Executive Board; Alamance County Library Committee; Alamance Burlington School System Liaison.
Political career: Alamance Burlington School System Board of Education, 2012-2020, Chairman in 2015; Alamance County Commissioner, 2020-present.
Address: 2222 Delaney Drive, Burlington.

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