Lake Waccamaw West Ward Commissioner
Melisha “Moe” Russell
1)What are your qualifications?
I obtained an Associate Degree in Business Administration from Johnston Community College and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Campbell University. Having worked at the Sampson Independent Newspaper, I acquired the skills necessary to work successfully with the general public. Presently I am a homemaker and assist my husband with administrative duties in our family owned and operated business, Premiere Sleep Solutions.
2) Why do you want to serve as a member of the board?
My interest to serve others surfaced while I was enrolled in undergraduate political studies. Being very people oriented and extremely passionate about the community in which I live, Martha Lowe’s decision not to seek reelection opened the door for me to fulfill the desire to run for public office. My goal is to always be open minded to the concerns of the residents of Lake Waccamaw. I want to focus on the issues that matter, be realistic about what can be accomplished and foster and promote economic growth and development; yet, at the same time preserve the unhurried charming setting we are blessed to awaken to each day. For many in Lake Waccamaw, it is a heritage they never forsake, such as is the case with my husband and his 95 year old grandmother Mary Martin Russell, whose family has lived here for more than a century and hopefully my eight year old son Brier will continue this tradition.
3) Do you think economic development or infrastructure is more important for Lake Waccamaw?
I feel that infrastructure is extremely important -by maintaining infrastructure with the water and sewer systems to prevent any possible contamination of our beautiful Lake Waccamaw.
4) What do you consider to be the main issue your town needs to face in the next five budget years?
Curtailing spending appropriately to ensure taxes stay manageable and we provide the best service possible to the residents of Lake Waccamaw. This will also allow the town to equip our Police and Volunteer Fire Departments’ with the tools necessary to maintain the excellent service they currently provide.