Holding local public office tends to be a thankless job. Candidates with the depth of knowledge to address the priorities that matter are rare. That is why it is refreshing to see Pat Pizzella running for Pinehurst Village Council.

As a former U.S. acting and deputy secretary of labor, Pat knows how to make government work for the benefit of taxpayers. He also has a long track record in stopping extraneous government expenditures, which in our nation’s capital is not easy to do. And as a long-time Pinehurst homeowner, he has a first-hand appreciation of what makes our community special.

Although everyone who runs for the Pinehurst Village Council talks about maintaining the charm and integrity of the Pinehurst community, in the years ahead it will take a much stronger commitment to stop the ongoing threat of unruly development that only leads to more multi-unit housing and more traffic congestion. Simply put, we need someone on the Village Council who knows when to say “no.”

Pat Pizzella also understands the consequences of poor public policy decisions and how these decisions get made in the first place. That is why he is the one candidate for Village Council who has called for total transparency in hiring of out-of-state consultants to make community policy recommendations. Village residents deserve to know who is planning on their behalf and how much it costs.

Pinehurst now finds itself at a crossroads when addressing future development. The community cannot afford many mistakes or else the attributes that attracted most of us to the village will quickly disappear. My wife and I met Pat this summer and have spoken with him numerous times. Based on these conversations, we believe Pat is committed to protecting what matters for Pinehurst.

Charles Sewell


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Patrick Pizzella as of 9/22 has $31k + on hand spent over $20k with the bulk of his donations coming from beltway cronies and lobbyists from all over the country. Please feel free to check out NC State Board of Elections reporting if you don't believe me. Don't you find it insulting that people from all over the country get to decide who is elected to Village of Pinehurst council? It just goes to prove what shallow voters we have in Pinehurst. The influence of money in a local election. Ask yourself, why would the former Sec of Transportation Elaine Chao aka #MoscowMitch wife want to donate $250 on 7/20 to Patrick Pizzella? Also, Patrick Pizzella, lobbyist, lobbied for Russian connected front group, worked with Jack Abramoff https://www.opensecrets.org/news/2019/07/labor-secretary-pizzella-lobbied-worked-with-jack-abramoff/ Although, never accused of any wrong doing his character comes into question. Patrick Pizzella is not the man you want on Village council. Jeff Morgan is a plant for Lydia Boesch of Pinewild Annexation fame. Emily Stack is just the female version of school board member Hensley. I wonder what Kevin Drum thinks of his opposition? FYI - just because the ballot states "you MAY vote for 2" doesn't mean you have to vote for 2.

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