“Eight years is a long time,” said Republican District 3 Guilford County Commissioner Justin Conrad, referring to his two terms serving on the board.
In what is a disappointment to many conservatives in Guilford County, Conrad will not make a run for a third term on the Guilford County Board of Commissioners – at least not next year.
He said he may very well, at some point, run for political office again – and that could include a run for the seat he now holds. However, Conrad said on Tuesday, Nov. 9, that, after thinking long and hard about the decision, he’d decided not to run for reelection.
He said that one key reason is that the crazy economy has meant that his business requires a huge amount of time right now.
Conrad has certainly been very involved in commissioner matters and has been front and center on things like seeing the new Guilford County animal shelter through to fruition. But Conrad, who’s in the food supply business, said the supply chain is absolutely a nightmare right now, and that has required him to devote much more time to his business. Conrad said he wants to make sure he doesn’t shortchange his constituents with all the focus he’ll have to put on his business in the coming year and perhaps beyond. He said that was one major reason he chose not to run.
Conrad said that in his line of work, the last six to eight months have been extremely challenging.
“It’s been really, really hard,” he said. “I don’t think people know how hard it is to get things from point A to point B right now.”
But he makes it clear he could end up back in the political arena in the future.
“I am absolutely keeping the door open for another run for office,” he said.
Conrad was key in finding and bringing in Guilford County Animal Services Director Jorge Ortega – who completely turned around the department after a massive animal mistreatment scandal in 2015 under previous leadership.
“Jorge Ortega – I am very proud of him,” Conrad said.
The county’s new shelter just opened about a month ago.
Conrad has been the loyal opposition over the last year on the board that’s now dominated by Chairman of the Board of Commissioners Skip Alston and a 7-to-2 Democratic majority.
“I will miss them, but I am not sure they will miss me,” joked the conservative Conrad, who has fought the majority on mask mandates, higher spending and other issues since the board went from a Republican majority board to a Democratic one.
For the first six years of his service, Conrad was part of a 5-to-4 Republican majority that called all the shots. Ever since new commissioners were sworn in early last December, however, his only Republican ally on the board has been Commissioner Alan Perdue.
“It’s certainly different,” Conrad said of serving in the minority.
Conrad had nothing but praise for fellow commissioners and said he will greatly miss serving with the Republicans and Democrats on the board alike. He said he certainly didn’t always agree with Alston and the other Democrats, but he thought that the board as a whole had been open and honest with each other and was constantly trying to run the county in the best way it could for the good of the people.
Conrad said he was proud of what he and the board had done over the last eight years.
“I didn’t embarrass my family name,” Conrad said.
Justin will be missed. His common sense business friendly attitude helped all citizens. We have George McClellan who has been a conservative from Oak Ridge who is planning to run for the seat. George would represent us well, just as Justin has. Justin, thank you for your service. George, good luck.
George McClellan is no conservative. I overheard him at a Ridgefest in Oak Ridge, dressed as Uncle Sam, saying that the “stench of Trump must be removed from the Party”.
If you like closet Leftists like Romney and Collins, you’ll love the faux conservative McClellan.
Thank you for your service Mr. Conrad. The community needs more like minded individuals.
How about Mayor? Senator for NC?
Mr Conrad is absolutely right. Food supply chains are breaking down everywhere. If you can get product it’s 50+% more in cost. And the cost of transporting it has doubled. No drivers, and fuel has nearly doubled.
It didn’t take he Democrats long to mess up the economy, did it?
Perfect response Austin! Democrats have never seen a limit to what they want to spend, no matter how much it negatively affects the economy. They are like the people who think aq charge card is like free money.
I have come to the conclusion that the hard Left of the Democratic Party are in the driving seat, and that they’re pursuing Cloward-Piven chaos theory as a means to collapse this country, and usher in a CCP/USSR regime.
They’re wrecking America, and it’s deliberate.
I think back to 2012 when Guilford County elected a Republican commissioner Board.The outcome was no increase in county taxes.Thanks to Mr Conrad and group.
Then we have people in this county that will not let a good thing continue ,so they elected a lifetime Democratic Politician by the name of SKIP and until 11/13/21 he and his group have been planning just how to give all the counties money away !!!!!!!! guess what that leads to,, more taxes,and more taxes.I have never met a Democrat that wasn’t always looking under rocks and everywhere to find taxes they could deliGive away. Guilford County you voted in these Democrats in so live with it.
Is there a “red wave” snowball’s chance in hell likely occurring in Greensboro/Guilford County in 2022? The short answer, with Justin’s decision now public, is “no”.
The good news is Democrats are succeeding in destroying everything they touch nowadays. Three years from now the prospects will be better for finally throwing all the socialist bums out.