Vetting interview with Dennis Bucher, Republican Candidate for Craven County Board of Commissioners, District 7

Interviewed by Mary Griswold, Bob Griswold, Hal James, and Raynor James
     1. How do you want to be contacted?
     Cell phone (252-229-6576) or email (
     2. Your educational background, experience, and demonstrations of leadership.
     I attended Indiana University for 2 years. Then, the father of my wife told me that I “had to get a real job” if I were going to marry his daughter. I went to work for Firestone [tire company] which later became Bridgestone, and worked for them for 37 years. I rose to Vice-President, Northeastern United States where I was responsible for 325 retail outlets, about 4,000 employees, and annual sales of $400 million dollars. My final position with Bridgestone was President and CEO of Bridgestone Aircraft Tires for North and South America with responsibility for manufacturing, distribution, marketing, and sales. After I retired from Bridgestone, I opened up Family Tire 12 years ago with my son and daughter. We had 3 locations, one each in New Bern, Morehead City, and Jacksonville, and we sold all 3 last December.
     3. Memberships and associations?
     Tabernacle Baptist Church (Men’s Ministry Director), New Bern Country Club (where I play golf), the NRA, and Gideons International (they give away a lot more Bibles than just those in hotels).
     4. Why are you running for office?
     Because Steve Tyson [current District 7 Commissioner] called me and said, “I’m not running, and you are.” I talked it over with my wife, and she’s supportive. I served as a New Bern Alderman for 4 years. I was unable to give back to the community for a large part of my life; now I can, and I believe the Board of Commissioners needs someone with a business background.
     5. As a representative of Coastal North Carolina, what is your stance on regulation of recreational and commercial fishing?
     I get frustrated when commercial fishermen get hamstrung by regulation — especially by the Feds. Fish are the property of all citizens, and they should be free to go catch them. We do need to regulate foreign fleets like the Chinese and Japanese that fish in our waters.
     6. Would you support a ban on Sharia Law or any other foreign law in America?
     7. What place does God have in public schools?
     I think that because of the fact that we took God out of schools, we have a mess going on. Our country was founded as a Christian nation. Schools should reflect the wishes of parents, and I think parents would welcome God and the Bible in school.
     8. Should high school students be taught our founding history and the details of the U.S. Constitution?
     Without question. Students should also have to pass a test on the subject in order to graduate.
     9. Would you support a law to remove requirements for a “Certificate of Need?”
     Requiring a “Certificate of Need” doesn’t make sense to me; it limits competition.
     10. What is your position on gun registration, gun free zones, and concealed carry laws?
     I have a concealed carry permit. I don’t agree that you don’t need a permit – you need to have a good background. I have a gun collection, and I don’t like it that they’re all registered, but it can be helpful to the police. Gun free zones are stupid.
     11. Do you support border security, including the wall, and better controlled immigration?
     Yes! With an exclamation mark!
     12. Do you support picture ID requirements for voting?
     I do. Very much.
     13. What is your view on nullification and interposition?
     Yes, the state has the ability to make unconstitutional laws null and void and to protect their citizens from them.
     14. If elected, what is your number one priority?
     To bring my business background to the Board of Commissioners.

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