“Manufacturers like our very own Vertex Rail Technologies are supported by the billions freight rail spends on its network annually. Economic development goes hand in hand with freight railroads.”

Jonathan Barfield was first elected to the New Hanover County Commission Board in 2008 and currently serves as the Board’s Vice Chairman. Barfield’s professional organizations include the National Association of Counties (NACo) Transportation Steering Committee, North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) General Government Steering Committee, NCACC Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee, and NCACC Tax and Finance Steering Committee.

Barfield is the owner of Barfield & Associates Realty, LLC and has been a licensed Realtor since 1997, having served as president of the Wilmington Regional Association of Realtors in 2007. His civic involvement also includes the Cape Fear Community College Board of Trustees, the Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority/Wave Transit, and the New Hanover County Tourism Development Authority.

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