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CHAD BROWN (chad.brown@gastongov.com)
208 Lee Ellen Court
Stanley, NC 28164

Telephone:
704-516-8017 (mobile)

Riverbend Township
Term Ends: 12/2022

Chad Brown is a former professional baseball player.

He’s a lifelong conservative Republican who began his career in politics after being elected as mayor of Stanley. He’s gone on to serve two four-year terms on the County Board of Commissioners, including serving for two of those years as its chairman.

“I rely on my Christian values to help guide the way I vote,” Commissioner Brown said. “I believe my calling is helping others and also being part of a team to help the citizens of North Carolina. I look forward to making Gaston County open for business, and hope all will want to work, play and stay in Gaston County.”

KIM JOHNSON (kim.johnson@gastongov.com)
2635 Firethorn Ct.
Gastonia, NC 28056

Telephone:
704-914-5240 (mobile)

Gastonia Township
Term Ends: 12/2024

Kim Johnson is a lifelong resident of Gaston County.  She graduated from Hunter Huss High School and received an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from Gaston College.

She retired from the Gaston County Sheriff’s Office January 1, 2020 as the first female Chief Deputy. Through the years she served on many boards; Alliance for Children and Youth, South YMCA, and Caromont Care Advocate Committee.

Although she has retired, she still plays an active role within law enforcement and detention. She remains on the NC Joint Criminal Justice & Sheriff”s Training Committee, JAIL Advisory leadership group and Job Task Analysis (JTA) Committee for detention officers.

She lives in Gastonia with  her husband Gary and son Nic.

BOB HOVIS (bob.hovis@gastongov.com)
1102 Crowders Mountain Road
Bessemer City, NC 28016

Telephone:
704-616-3766 (mobile)

Crowders Mountain Township
Term Ends: 12/2024

Bob Hovis is a lifelong resident of Gaston County.

He has served on the Gaston County Board of Commissioners since 2016, and was the mayor of Bessemer City before that. He’s served on numerous county-appointed advisory boards going back several decades.

He’s also won several accolades for his volunteerism in the community, including being named Gaston County Volunteer of the Year in 2002.

He’s been involved with the Bessemer City Chamber of Commerce for nearly four decades, and served for several terms as the chamber board president.

ALLEN FRALEY, VICE CHAIRMAN (allen.fraley@gastongov.com)
PO Box 399
Cherryville, NC 28021

Telephone:
704-813-4830 (mobile)

Cherryville Township
Term Ends: 12/2024

Allen Fraley has served on Gaston County Board of Commissioners since 2004.

He’s served on several City and County board prior to running for the Board of Commissioners, and now serves as the board’s representative to the Gaston/Cleveland/Lincoln Metropolitan Planning Organization.

Commissioner Fraley is the full-time general manager for the Cherryville ABC Board, where he has worked for the past decade. He is also a licensed and active Realtor, and owned his own insurance business for a decade prior to that.

He’s been married to his wife, Susan, for 35 years, and has two grown children – Zack and Meg. He also has two grandchildren.

He’s an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Cherryville.

925 Ramsgate Drive
Gastonia, NC 28056

Telephone:
704-864-2797 (home)

Gastonia Township
Term Ends: 12/2022

Commissioner Keigher lives in Gastonia along with his wife, Donna. They have four adult children and three grandchildren, all living in the greater Charlotte area.

He graduated from Mater Dei HS, New Monmouth, N.J. in 1970 and enrolled at Belmont Abbey College in August, 1970. He graduated with a Degree in Education and taught in Gaston County for two years before taking a position with The Massey Company headquartered in Mount Holly. 

After 25 years, he looked for a change and was offered the position of Executive Director of the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Clubs of Gaston and Lincoln Counties. 

Following a couple years at the Clubs, he decided to go back to school and trained for and received his life, health, long-term care and annuity insurance license and began a Medicare Insurance Practice in Gaston County, which he is still involved with.

While at The Massey Company, he was mentored by the company CEO, who was very involved with community affairs and service. Commissioner Keigher was inspired, and decided to follow in Mr. Henry Massey’s footsteps -- first by serving as a member of his church’s Education Commission, teaching CCD Classes and later being elected to the Parish Council at Queen of the Apostles Catholic Church in Belmont.

He later became involved with numerous volunteer boards, Gaston – Lincoln Mental Health Board and Catherine’s House on Sacred Heart College campus in Belmont. 

In 1998 he made the decision to run for elected office and won a four-year term on the seven member Gaston County Board of Commissioners. He was elected again five more times and is in the middle of his sixth term.  He currently serves as Chairman of the board, a position he has held in 2004, 2005 and 2016 as well as serving twice as it’s vice-chairman. 

He has been elected to the N.C. Association of County Commissioners as a District Director in 2010 and again in 2014, and served numerous times as Chairman and Vice Chairman. He was elected to the N.C. Board of Directors for two terms, where he represents an eight county region and served on the state Executive Board.

Over the past twenty plus years, he has served on numerous state and county appointed boards, including: Countywide water and sewer study committee, The Centralina Council of Government (five terms), Gaston Family Health Services, Gaston Memorial Hospital Board of Directors, The Greater Gaston Development Corporation as a Business Analyst position, The Gaston County Chamber of Commerce, The Juvenile Crime Prevention Council, The Home and Community Block Grant Advisory Committee, The Gaston County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, The Quality of Natural Resource Board, The Gaston County Social Service Board,(14 years) The Gaston County Health and Human Services Board and the Partners Behavioral Health Management Board. He served as Chairman for many of the listed boards. He was inducted to the Belmont Abbey Wall of Fame in 2018 and is an active alumni member. Currently, Commissioner Keigher serves on the Gaston College Board of Trustees, The Gaston Regional Chamber, The Gaston County Museum of Art and History and The Gaston County Economic Development Commission and serves as a driver for the Gaston County Board of Social Services Meals on Wheels program.

TRACY PHILBECK (tracy.philbeck@gastongov.com)
PO Box 1578
Gastonia, NC 28053-1578

Telephone:
704-813-1902 (mobile)

Dallas Township
Term Ends: 12/2022

Tracy Philbeck is a lifelong resident of Gaston County, graduating from North Gaston High School and earning his associate’s degree at Gaston College before earning his bachelor’s degree in government pre-law at Campbell University.

He is the president of Treescape, Inc.

He serves, and has served, on numerous community boards including the Caromont Health Board of Directors, Dallas Rescue Squad, Gaston College Board of Trustees, The Least of These of Gaston County, The Dream Center of Gaston County and chairs the Intergovernmental and Interagency Task Force on Homelessness..

As a commissioner, Philbeck has served on boards such as the Gaston County Economic Development Commission, Children’s Advocacy Center of Gaston County, National Association of Counties Community & Economic Development Steering Committee, North Carolina Association of County Commissioners Public Education Steering Committee, as well as countless others.

Philbeck has served as Commissioner since January of 2009. During that time, he’s spent five years as vice chair and four years as chairman.

RONNIE WORLEY (ronnie.worley@gastongov.com)
3033 Callaway Court
Cramerton, NC 28032

Telephone:
704-913-5476 (mobile)

South Point Township
Term Ends: 12/2024

Ronnie Worley is a native of Gaston County, and grew up in Cramerton, where he still lives today.

He attended Gaston County schools and graduated from South Point High School and Gupton Jones College in Atlanta.

Commissioner Worley is a North Carolina Army National Guard veteran and retired from the North Carolina State Highway Patrol in 2016.

He served on the Cramerton Board of Commissioners and served two terms as Mayor of Cramerton.

He was elected to the Gaston County Board of Commissioners in 2016.

He is married to his wife, Lynne, and they have one son, Andrew.