"A Nurse, Mom and an Airman's Wife, Working Hard to Improve our Quality of Life"

Goldsboro City Council District 5

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Highest Priorities:

1. Targeting Areas that Impact the Health of our Citizens and Workforce

2. Transportation Opportunities and

3. Affordable Housing in District 5 and for the City of Goldsboro


My name is Phyllis Merritt-James. You may ask, who am I? I attended Goldsboro City Schools and graduated from Goldsboro High School in 1983. I then attended and graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1987, with a BS in Nursing. Thereafter, I worked at Duke University Medical Center, married the love of my life and embarked upon the life of an Air Force wife. We were stationed in South Dakota but after 2 years, home beckoned and we chose to relocate to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, where we have resided since. My husband and I are the proud parents of 3 young adults. I have worked in the nursing profession for 35 years (including but not limited to as an RN in neurosurgery, Intermediate Care, ICU and case management, with the last 19 years as a Nurse Practitioner). I’m currently employed as a Family Nurse Practitioner with North Carolina Nephrology.

You may ask why am I running for a seat on the City Council? Because I have a servants’ heart and a collaborative approach to all interactions. There are many determinants that impact the Health of our

citizens and Workforce resulting in dysfunction and disparities (the greatest of which are mental stressors and socioeconomic conditions). By working with community partners, stakeholders and our constituents, we can make a difference in these areas.

We have limited bus routes, limited scheduling and limited Transportation options for workers with after normal business hour jobs. Exploring and advocating for ways to address those workers' transportation needs is indeed top of mind. With expansion of additional manufacturing jobs in our area, that would be seen as a tremendous asset. Of course, we need a strong fund balance to support the same.

Last but not least, Affordable Housing is a concern shared by many communities and especially in Goldsboro. As your District 5 City Council representative, I will explore and advocate for ways that will address those needs. More affordable moderate to low income housing options would be sought. I have a strong understanding of budgeting, planning and the commitment it takes to address the cross-sectional needs of our community and the City. We must all work together to help one another and to consider “the least of us”. Our District is a very diverse cross-section, and I am committed to being your voice and advocate for actionable change and not just lip service. It is important that ALL areas

receive the attention and support required for the optimal well-being of our District and the City.

If you believe in the need to move Goldsboro forward, please consider and support my candidacy to be your next District 5 Councilwoman.


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