Jay White leads a demanding life as a full-time defense attorney, county commissioner and father of three.
His list of accomplishments is long and varied. He sits on five boards, teaches Sunday school, volunteers for Meals on Wheels and is vice president for the Cabarrus Rotary Club.
As commissioner however, White has an ambitious vision for Cabarrus County.
"My vision for Cabarrus County is to be a county where you can work, play and raise a family, to be a county where you can have a great quality of life," he said.
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In order to achieve his dream, he has chosen to focus on the development of education, road systems, the environment and the job market. He wants to draw a variety of businesses to the county, which will provide jobs.
White also wants "to hold the line on our tax rate and continue to look for ways to save the county money wherever possible."
White was elected to office in November 2006 for a four-year term.
"By law, my primary duties include adopting an annual budget, establishing the annual property tax rate, setting policies, goals and objectives to direct the county's growth and development and adopting and providing for ordinances and regulations as necessary for the general welfare of the county citizens," he said.
In a more general sense, White believes it is his responsibility to "be a true representative of Cabarrus County" and to "advocate for this country."
In addition to his commissioner duties, White maintains his role as a public attorney and partner at Hartsell and Williams, P.A., a law firm in downtown Concord.
He has worked on cases ranging from murder to DWI's and traffic offenses. In his time with Hartsell and Williams, White has served with the county Department of Social Services (DSS).
"During my time with DSS, I streamlined court procedures, which allowed DSS to process more cases which in turn provided more money to a greater number of parents and kids," he said.
He prosecuted dead-beat parents and collected thousands of dollars in unpaid child support fees, he says.
White, 45, says his experience as an attorney has helped him as commissioner.
As an attorney he learned to listen to people to get to the root of a problem, which has been an asset.
"I have always told people that while I may or may not agree with you, I will take the time to listen to you," he said. "I will try to understand your point of view and will do my best to explain my point of view to you. Dealing with clients has taught me the importance of honest communication."
White also believes his background has given him the backbone he needs to be a good commissioner.
"Because of my legal background, I am not afraid of asking questions and the confrontation those questions may cause. I want all the details before I make a decision, and I am not afraid to ask the tough questions to get those answers," White said.
Service to the community is one of White's main drives.
"As one of the tenets, I repeat every Thursday morning at Rotary says, 'service before self,'" he said. "My wife and I try to live by this, and we try and teach our children the importance of giving back to our community whether it is serving a meal at the night shelter or helping a neighbor in need."
Even though White's schedule is packed, he still finds time to be a dad. White and his wife of 18 years, Darci, have three children, Addison, 15, Bo, 13, and Jason, 10.
White and Darci attend their children's games and competitions, help them with their schoolwork and take them hiking.
"We love going to the mountains and hiking," he said. "It is a time for all of us to leave our busy lives behind and get a renewed energized feeling. It also gives us a chance to reconnect as a family."