Age really doesn't matter for Cabarrus County native, Christopher Measmer, 23, who is the youngest county commissioner in the state.
It's all about community ties that link him to all ages within the community.
"Growing up in Cabarrus County, I've had the opportunity to really get to know an array of all individuals," said Measmer, a conservative Republican. "I feel I represent the young as well as the elderly population equally."
Measmer always had an interest in politics. As a little boy growing up in a small family business, Wayside Family Restaurant, discussions of business, politics and government were always a regular topic.
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"Throughout my life I always felt that I would like to run for office...however, I thought I would be 35 or 40 before I would attempt that," he said.
The board is the most generationally diverse of anywhere in the state, according to Robert W. Carruth, Cabarrus County board member. He believes three generations of people on the same board bring a good perspective of things.
Carruth feels like Measmer's enthusiasm and willingness to learn invites new ways to look at things.
"When you've been on the board as long as I have, you sometimes can get cynical and get tunnel vision," he said. "He's somebody that's going to speak his mind and where he stands on things."
Measmer believes the board enjoys a fresh face.
"We have good healthy discussions," said Measmer, who is committed to a conservative lifestyle with strong traditional family values. It's been a "good experience to have someone young to come on the board and have an opinion and have a vote that counts just as much as the other commissioners."
It's definitely a learning experience and somewhat of an adjustment for the other commissioners, staff and himself, he said.
"It's kind of surreal," said Carruth. "He is the same age as my oldest son. It's kind of like having your son sitting next to you."
Measmer attended Central Cabarrus High School where he held an internship working for former U.S. Congressman Robin Hayes' district congressional office during his 2004 election.
"I began to realize all the opportunities that were out there for me to take advantage of," said Measmer, who worked on local campaigns and was a member of Model United Nations.
After graduation in 2005, Measmer continued his education at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
"I grew up on a substantial amount of family property and going from not being able to see your neighbors to living four blocks from the White House," was quite a change, he said.
During his time in D.C., Measmer held an internship at the U.S. Capitol working for Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) and was later hired as part-time paid staff. Every summer, Measmer returned home to Cabarrus County.
For now, Measmer is focused on the Cabarrus County Youth Council where he is constantly looking at ways to encourage youth to become involved in the community.
"I can relate with the high school students and help them and lead them to develop their organization and to help get other younger people interested in political issues that affect them," he said.
As far as what's on the agenda, Measmer is concentrating on the upcoming budget and reevaluation process with the different agencies the board contracts with.
It's important to be conscious of how citizens' dollars are spent by making sure departments are held accountable for their spending and making sure there is no wasteful spending in county government, he explained.
"He's shown a good grasp of issues and the willingness to get involved," said Carruth. "He steps in there with both feet and I appreciate that."
When Measmer is not attending meetings or helping out at the restaurant, he spends quality time with his family. He goes to the gym to relax and loves to play golf.
Measmer is engaged to Laura McIntyre, who is a pharmacy student at UNC Chapel Hill. The two met on November 2, 2004, while McIntyre worked at the family restaurant. Exactly six years to the day after the election results came in, Measmer proposed to his girlfriend. They plan on tying the knot on May 19, 2012.
"One thing I've realized over the past two months is it's important to still do some things for myself," said Measmer, who balances his job as county commissioner with the family restaurant. "Not being married and not having children, I have plenty of time to devote to both. But once I get married, I have to reevaluate how much time I have and if I have any aspirations at that point."
At the end of the day, Measmer wants to make Cabarrus County a place where people want to live and work and eventually a place he can raise his own family.