I was raised in Northeastern Ohio by a single mom who worked as an early childhood teacher during the day and worked a second job, as many single parents and teachers still do today, at the local library in the evenings. My father also worked two jobs as a tool and die maker on night shift in a local shop and during the days as a self-employed contractor operating heavy equipment. Hard work was a value that was not only taught, but also modeled very well by my parents. I learned very early on that any opportunities I had would be opportunities that I made for myself and was thankful for a community that valued education and job creation.
I worked my way through college and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from East Carolina University. I graduated Magna Cum Laude and was East Carolina University's Wall Street Journal scholar. I married Mark Flanagan in 1999 and made our home in Farmville.
I have over 20 years experience working in the accounting and finance world in multiple controller positions for companies in Eastern North Carolina. I was prompted by an entrepreneurial spirit and identification of a niche market to go out and start my own business in 2008. As a result, Betsy Flanagan Consulting was born to provide accounting and business management services to many businesses throughout Eastern North Carolina. I have enjoyed much success in meeting a need that local businesses have and working with them to develop processes and systems to help them grow their businesses while increasing their profits.
After our children started school, I quickly noticed the gaps in what our public schools were able to offer our students and what I felt they needed. That led me to get very involved at the school level. After years of local advocacy and a year of involvement in the Parents for Public Schools of Pitt County's Parent Engagement Program, I ran a successful campaign to join the Pitt County Board of Education. I have been working diligently with my fellow Board members to strengthen our public schools through responsible leadership and pro-active policies to meet the needs of our Pitt County families and business community. During my term on the Board of Education, we have been making great strides in increasing outcomes for our students and have a renewed focus and commitment to career and technical education in our schools. In December 2019, my colleagues on the Board of Education voted me to be the Chair to lead our efforts in the upcoming year. Throughout my term and through interactions with many local elected leaders, businesses, and Pitt County's recent downgrade to a Tier 1 county, I realized it is time for some fresh ideas. I will bring a new positive energy to Pitt County leadership with my willingness to collaborate with all citizens of Pitt County.
Why Do Politics?
If you want change, you have to work for it. It's not easy, but it's necessary. We need people who want to work together to successfully move forward. Pitt County has amazing potential with a top-notch medical facility, university, and strong manufacturing base. We also have a strong heritage to build upon and can make Pitt County one of the best counties in North Carolina. My husband, Mark, and I have three children and I want to make Pitt County a place that they want to come home to (or better yet, stay in!) to raise their own families someday.
Pitt County Board of Education, District 4 Representative (term ends 2020)
2020 Chairwoman, Pitt County Board of Education
Past Member and Vice Chair, Town of Farmville Planning and Zoning Board
Elder, Farmville Presbyterian Church
Past Chair of Farmville Presbyterian Church Missions Committee, Finance Committee, and Education Committee
Committee Member, Friends of BSA Troop 25
Past Treasurer and Vice President of Sugg Bundy PTA and Farmville Middle School PTA.
Investment in Pitt County's Future
As a financial consultant, I see the importance of being a transparent fiduciary with a high degree of integrity and accountability in all dealings. I believe that these same characteristics should be the number one qualification in the elected officials who are sent to do the work of the people. I have a consultant mindset with a strong financial background, a servant's heart, and a commitment to be accessible and collaborate with all of our communities throughout the county. We can all work together to make Pitt County a choice community to live and work in.
My Guiding Principles
Take a long-term investment approach to make sure our tax dollars are being used to strengthen our tax base in Pitt County for the long-term.
Develop a responsible plan for how to prepare for the aging facilities and growing needs of our public schools, population growth outpacing capacity in many of our schools in Pitt County, and additional classrooms needed as a result of HB90 legislation.
Work collaboratively with all communities and entities to maximize sustainable economic development in Pitt County.
Continue to work with our law enforcement and EMS services throughout the county to make sure our citizens are safe and served efficiently in the event of emergency.
Continue to work with county agencies to support a high level of quality of life in Pitt County for all citizens.
Collaboration is key! The ideas of many working together always yield a better result than any one person or group working in isolation.
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