Local businessman, professional engineer and longtime community service volunteer William (Bill) Lapsley announced today that he will seek election for the District 3 seat on the Henderson County Board of County Commissioners.  The seat has been held for the past 12 years by Mr. Larry Young.
Lapsley stated that his many years of experience managing a successful business, as well as leading many of the areas non-profit boards, will provide the Board with a unique opportunity to impart technical expertise and community involvement experience directly to the decision making process.
Says Lapsley, “It has been an honor to serve the citizens of Henderson County for the past 40 years in a long list of volunteer positions. Among them, Pardee Hospital, Four Seasons Hospice, Department of Social Services, Rotary Club of Hendersonville, United Way, Boy Scouts, YMCA and several others.  I am now looking forward to working with the other commissioners in the same way.  The office of County Commissioner is a position that directly impacts the Quality of Life in Henderson County.  It is of the utmost importance to have five people who have the background and experience to make informed and thoughtful decisions for all of us.”  He continued. “Since I started evaluating the potential of running, I have been humbled by the overwhelming amount of support and encouragement I have received.”
Hendersonville businessman Jeff Miller added, “Bill has an incredible knack for quickly understanding all sides of an issue, developing common ground and consensus and getting things done.  I have seen these strengths in Bill at the board level and in the professional arena.  He is simply one of the finest men I know.”
Lapsley indicated three specific areas in which his experience and interest will be focused:
• Economic Development – Our local economy must remain vibrant and strong to maintain the community services that we all enjoy.  Support for our existing business community and attracting new high paying jobs in all sectors is a critical responsibility of the Board.  I have volunteered many hundreds of hours of my time toward this area as a Past Chairman of the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce and the Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development.  I have shared in the successful recruitment of Continental Teves, UPM-Raflatac, FedEx Ground & FedEx Freight, Prince Manufacturing, Elkamet, and more recently Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and Empire Distributors of North Carolina.
• Infrastructure – For our economic development program to work, it is imperative for our community infrastructure to be maintained properly and expanded when necessary.  The Board has a leadership role in this effort to make sure all components of our infrastructure are being addressed.  This includes roadways, water systems, wastewater systems, electric power, communications, natural gas, etc.  I have spent over 40 years in the planning, design, permitting and construction administration of all of these type improvements in Henderson County. The knowledge and experience that I will bring to the Board is unmatched.
• Public Health – The community needs and deserves the highest quality health care services for all of our residents.  This has been a particular interest of mine over the past 15 years.  My experience with the Department of Social Services, Four Seasons Hospice, the Pardee Hospital Board of Trustees and now the UNC Healthcare Board of Trustees, provides a unique background to lead the County’s efforts in all areas of public health.
Mr. Lapsley is a graduate of the University of Wyoming with a degree in Civil Engineering.  He is a licensed professional engineer in North Carolina, South Carolina and other states.  He and his wife Joan Vanoli Lapsley have lived in Henderson County for 40 years and have 3 grown sons, all of which were raised in Henderson County and graduated from West Henderson High School.
For more information, contact Bill Lapsley at 828-687-7177  Ext. 307.