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Retired Marine files to run in School Board race

Posted Tuesday, February 28, 2006

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Pittsboro, NC - Retired Marine Corps Colonel Gerald Totten has filed to represent District 4 on the Chatham County School Board. Colonel Totten earned a bachelor’s degree majoring in management and has advanced education in the Industrial College of the Armed Forces with a concentration in industrial management

Upon retirement from the Marine Corps he has been involved in the manufacturing industry with both commercial and manufactured housing experience as plant superintendent, assistant plant manager and project manager in multi million dollar new plant layout and refurbishing projects. He has been a consultant to private industry in turn-around management as well as general management subjects. His interest and results in Quality Management earned him an appointment to former Governor Jim Hunt’s High Performance Workforce team Development Committee.

Colonel Totten has taught business courses at the Central Carolina Community College for four years, has served Chatham County in various committee posts including the original landfill siting committee, the hazardous waste identification and nuclear waste storage committees during the mid 1980s; was on the four county Private Industry Council for eight years, chairing it for two and is currently a member of Chatham County’s Tax Evaluation and Review Board. He recently chaired a school bond advisory committee and has a long history of budget and financial review of school matters.

Gerald and his wife Barbara have been married for 52 years and live in Siler City where he has been a timber grower and producer for 20 years. He has two daughters, Lezlie Totten Suits of Bear Creek and Tracy Totten Sizemore of Dunedin, Florida. Two of his four grandchildren attended Chatham County schools and graduated from Chatham Central. His motivation for seeking this office is to improve graduation rates for Chatham’s children, more effectively use the dollars allocated, improve the amount of money actually getting to the classroom and using his considerable construction management knowledge to help the board set reasonable funding goals for the upcoming school construction boom.

Committee to elect Gerald Totten
Post Office Box 61
Bonlee, NC 27213-0061

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