WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - In a release Thursday, former New Hanover County Commissioner Buck O'Shields announced that he will be running for the position once again, saying that the county faces a variety of issues that he plans to take on.
"Economic development and environmental issues have always been a concern," said O'Shields in a statement. "When I was a county commissioner previously, I worked with fellow commissioners to establish and protect many of the valuable resources utilized by our citizens today. We worked with the state to complete the last leg of I-40 from Benson to Wilmington, put in place a funding source for critical beach renourishment, established the Parks and Recreation Department, and helped implement waste water collection systems along the sensitive creeks and waterways to improve water quality in our estuaries, just to name a few."
O'Shields was previously elected as commissioner in 1974, and reelected in 1978 and 1982. He did not seek reelection in 1986.
According to Shields, in 1981, he was appointed by former Gov. James B. Hunt Jr. to chair of the Governors Waste Management Board.
Since leaving office, O'Shields has served on committees including the Parks and Recreation Board and the Inspections Department Advisory Committee. He was also chair of the committee to study the proposed sale of New Hanover Memorial Hospital in the 1980s.
He is a New Hanover County native, and he and has wife have three children and seven grandchildren.