Pitt County businessman Brian Farkas, 28, of Greenville announced his 2016 candidacy to serve in the North Carolina House of Representatives. Farkas is the Director of Client Relations and Development for a local architecture firm based in Greenville.
“Politicians in Raleigh ram divisive laws through the legislature that strip power from local governments, make it harder for people to vote, and dismiss any real opportunities to solve problems,” said Farkas. “It’s time we put a stop to all that. We need to bring everybody to the table again and as your Representative, I’ll work with anybody who’s ready to make the smart investments Pitt County needs to be successful - investments in our universities and community colleges, investments in our roads and agricultural economy, support for our regional healthcare system, and especially Pitt County’s Public Schools.”
Farkas will run as a Democrat against incumbent Rep. Brian Brown in House District 9, which includes all of Eastern Pitt County.
“House Democrats are focused on recruiting quality candidates across the state who understand how to create jobs and improve our economy,” said Democratic Leader Larry D. Hall. “Too often, our rural communities are coming up short thanks to the politicians currently running Raleigh - but Brian Farkas understands the unique challenges facing Eastern North Carolina and Pitt County. Brian will fight to create jobs, improve access to education and put middle class families first. 2016 is going to be an exciting year in HD 9. ”
Farkas earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Master of Public Administration from the UNC School of Government. Prior to joining JKF Architecture, Brian most recently worked for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), one of 27 research institutes that comprise the National Institutes of Health. While at NIEHS, he specialized in emergency management programming to safeguard the lives and prized research of over 1,000 people.
Locally, Farkas serves on the Issues Committee for the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce, is the current Vice Chair of the Public Transportation and Parking Commission for the City of Greenville, as well as Vice President of the Greenville Museum of Art’s Board of Trustees. His campaign website is www.brianfarkas.com.