The statement is as follows:
I, Ophelia Gould-Faison, am proud to publicly announce my first official bid for public office as the write-in candidate for the Halifax County Board of Commissioners-At-Large.
When I am elected, it is my vision and my goal to be “A Voice to Strengthen Halifax County” by holding quarterly listening sessions throughout the county during my tenure.
Over the years I have interacted with many citizens across Halifax County. I have always been approachable and interested in collaborating with citizens about various issues that impact their community.
I look forward to also working jointly with the Board of Commissioners to find solutions that will serve the greatest and highest good for all citizens of Halifax County.
My favorite quote from Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. is “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is …What Are You Doing for Others?”
In order to make a connection with and be an advocate for the citizens of Halifax County, I’ve registered citizens to vote and informed them of state and local voting details.
Most recently, I united with the citizens of Littleton and I addressed Littleton’s Town Board, requesting their need to reconsider raising the water and sewage rates.
This unified effort resulted in Littleton’s Town Board voting on a lower rate adjustment than was initially proposed for the citizens.
I am a member and active with Oak Grove Baptist Church in Littleton, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Kappa Iota Omega Chapter, a charter member of Roanoke Valley (NC)-Southern Christian Leadership Conference (RV-SCLC), a Board Member of The Ella Baker Educational Project of North Carolina, active with The Halifax County Branch of NAACP, and a member of Halifax-Northampton Chapter of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).
I serve as the Chair of The M.L.K. National Holiday Events in Littleton sponsored by Oak Grove and Piney Grove Baptist Churches.
I am the youngest daughter of two Halifax County educators, the late William J. Gould and Sabina A. Gould.
I am a widower, the mother of two adult daughters, a grandmother of four, have two sisters and a lifelong resident of Littleton.
I received my high school diploma from McIver High School, a B.S. Degree in Elementary Education from North Carolina Central University (NCCU) in Durham and continued graduate studies in School Counseling at NCCU as well.
My teaching career with Halifax County Schools (HCS) spanned thirty-two years starting at Hollister Elementary School.
In 2009, I retired from the HCS ending my career at McIver Elementary School.
I enjoy spending time with my family, fishing, and traveling.
As your County Commissioner-At-Large, I am committed to being approachable and “A Voice to Strengthen Halifax County!”