Lisa Carpenter has been an integral member of Onslow County since her arrival in 2011. She successfully managed her responsibilities as a wife, homeschool mom, and Mary Kay Sales Director during her early years in Jacksonville. A transition away from her Mary Kay business of 14 years lead her to be the Committee Chair of Boy Scout Troop 197 and founder of Cub Pack 197 while managing the operations of the family's small business, the Lawn Butler.
In 2019, shortly after joining the Onslow County Republican Women's Club, she was recruited to run for the position of Club President. She was unanimously elected and served in that capacity in 2020 and was re-elected for 2021 as well. While under her enthusiastic leadership, the Club membership grew by 60% and member participation thrived. As a direct result of her "roll-up-the-sleeves" style of leadership, the Club earned the coveted National Federation's Diamond Achievement Award, the first time ever in the Club's 50-year history.
Following the "loss" of President Trump's reelection, the disloyal behavior of certain Republican representatives standing for the fraudulent election results, and the exaggerated "insurrection" at the Capitol, Lisa found a new fire in her spirit to fight for what's right. She decided the best way to initiate change was to shift her focus to local government where she felt she could make a difference.
From the podium at the first 2021 Republican Women's Club meeting, Lisa asked members to step up their community involvement, encouraging them to attend and participate in the County Board of Commissioners and Board of Education meetings, to make sure elected officials were keeping campaign promises. And Lisa leads from the front by doing the same as well.
It did not take long to confirm her suspicions. Our County has a transparency issue. The details of and the process that lead to a land purchase in early 2021 were not fully disclosed and kept the taxpaying citizens in the dark. Something like this can never happen again.
Lisa believes it's time to pull back the curtain and see what's really happening in county government.
Lisa's greatest desire in serving as Commissioner is to be Proactive (getting ahead of issues), Investigative (making no assumptions), and offers A Fresh Perspective (providing clarity and building trust) on the issues that matter most to the people of Onslow County.