Candidate Questionnaires: BOC Dist. 3

Tom Glendinning, candidate for Chatham County Board of Commissioners — Dist. 3


Editor's Note: All candidates were sent two questionnaires by the News + Record. The first asked general questions about candidates and their goals. for each role. Questions are indicated in bold, any question left blank was unanswered by the candidate

Glendinning did not submit the second questionnaire by the deadline provided to all candidates.

Tom Glendinning

Tom Glendinning is seeking the District 3 seat on the Chatham County Board of Commissioners. The former U.S. Marine lost his last political bid to Valerie Foushee in the 2020 race for state senate.

The questionnaires provided to candidates are being posted here with some editing for grammar and privacy. 

How long have you lived in Chatham County? 53 years 

Age on election day: 78

Occupation (where you work, what you do): my own companies: Glencliff Hospital (Ohio), Green Glen, Ltd, Wastek Composting, Inc.

Campaign website/social media: Facebook: Tom Glendinning for Commissioner

Party affiliation: Republican

Current and previous elected offices held or sought & terms you served: Commissioner, Chatham County, Planning Board 2 terms, Board of Equalization and Review six terms, Board of Adjustment one term and still serving

Campaign manager (if applicable): Campaign treasurer (if applicable):

Why are you seeking this office?

I have decades of experience in the important facets of government serving the taxpayers. I was raised in a major city and know what pitfalls to avoid. My family raised me as a Christian. I believe that Chatham County right now needs the proper direction and dedication to American principles that I/we can offer.

What makes you the best candidate on the ballot?

I am the best candidate because I know Chatham County. I have worked here and in the Piedmont for over 50 years. I have employed Chatham residents. I have participated in Chatham politics for forty four years. I have served on Chatham government boards for thirty years.

Give us a job description you’d write for yourself if you’re elected to this seat:

I promise to perform the job of Chatham County commissioner to the best of my ability, knowledge, and experience. Further, I promise to save the taxpayers by crafting government services to the necessary functions of government.

What three specific, measurable and attainable goals would you pursue if elected?

  1. Lower taxes
  2. Better safer schools
  3. Protect property and personal rights for all, including seniors, according to the constitution.

What are the biggest challenges in Chatham and/or N.C. right now — and how would you address them?

  1. Develop a goal and mission statement for growth
  2. Design an educational strategy for parental and citizen control of education
  3. Dedicate ourselves to protect the rights to our property and of our seniors.

Chatham County is one of the fastest growing counties in the state. What do you see as the major challenges/opportunities coming from this growth and how would you address them?

  1. Empower and equip our Planning Department Board with all that they need to make sound recommendations
  2. Seek the counsel of the citizens for what they want in Chatham.

What’s your overall view of the role of the elected body you’re seeking to join? Is it fulfilling its mission now? If not, what needs to change?

The Chatham County Commission should (and shall) focus on the basic responsibilities of government. Period.

Do you believe the 2020 Presidential election produced fair and legitimate results? (Please respond with a “yes” or “no” answer, then, if desired, you have 100 words to support your response.)

NO! The district courts are denying the rights of plaintiffs across the country to hear complaints and torts

Fast facts:

  • Political/government hero: Genghis Khan, George Clemenceau Favorite book: The Bible
  • Book most recently read: The Bible Favorite film:
  • Hobbies: politics, organizing, gardening Community/civic involvement: listed above: govt committees Favorite thing about Chatham County:
  • Personal motto or one-line philosophy: In Cruce Fides
  • Strongest childhood ambition: To be useful
  • Most significant life goal you’ve accomplished: Established the compost industry in the state of North Carolina by introduction to the landscape market in both public and private sectors
Tom Glendinning, Chatham County Board of Commissioners, Dist. 3, candidate questionnaire, Elections 2022


No comments on this item Please log in to comment by clicking here