Too often public officials are seen as little more than politicians who will do or say anything just to stay in office. This shouldn't be what public service is all about.
Those who seek public office must first and foremost recognize they are indeed public servants, seeking to do the will of the people, doing their homework and getting the job done in an effective and responsible manner, with integrity and excellence. In short, those who seek public office must walk the walk, not just talk the talk, working hard to for the folks back home bringing their views to the table and establishing lines of communication providing timely answers to problems which are before them.
We must seek effective ways to work with others of diverse perspectives, spending more time listening, rather than talking. We must accomplish rather than promise and to do rather than attempt to give the perspective that something is being done.
The days of the select few, the backroom politics and good old boy network are gone, or they should be. We must walk each day with the clear recognition that everyone has a voice, everyone has a valid concern and public officials should be the ones bringing these perspectives to bear.
I want to do this for you, representing your viewpoints and being responsible regarding your concerns.
Local Business Owner
(Cooke Realty, Ocean Isle Beach and Cooke Vacations, Holden Beach)
Former University Professor
Married 23 Years to Catherine Cooke
Four Children, ages 8 to 16 in Local Public Schools
Active Member, Beach Assembly of God
BA The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina
MA Communication, Regent University Virginia Beach, VA
Doctorate Studies, Virginia Beach, VA
Fellow, North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership