In his second bid for the N.C. Senate District 2 seat, Democrat Greg Muse said he feels like state action to support efforts to protect Cherry Point are one of the issues most critical to this district.


In his second bid for the N.C. Senate District 2 seat, Democrat Greg Muse said he feels like state action to support efforts to protect Cherry Point are one of the issues most critical to this district.



“I, as so many of you in the region, depend on this facility to fuel our economy,” Muse said. “Not enough can be said about the benefits of having the largest Marine Air Wing located in our back yard.”



He said Craven, Pamlico and Carteret counties would be most affected by cuts at the base.



“Every candidate can talk about helping schools, improving transportation, and creating jobs, but we should know that the impact of losing this facility would be a devastating blow to this whole region,” Muse said.



A father of two school-age children, Muse said he is familiar first hand with the problems faced by North Carolina educators in an education system in which teachers are under greater stress and dealing with limited resources. He thinks that he has children in the school system gives him added insight into school needs.



He said state employees feel they get overlooked and forgotten and he thinks reasonable solutions to the bureaucracy that may have gotten too large are possible, like reasonable solutions need to be found for the concerns of small business.



Although running as a Democrat, Muse considers himself conservative.



“There are a great many concerns of local small businesses that could be dealt with to help them continue to be successful,” he said.



He thinks that important concerns of both large and small businesses are ignored.



“We do want our issues addressed and that should matter,” he said.



Other government services also “need reasonable cuts,” he said, and “well-thought-out solutions to affordable health care, alternate energies, and the list goes on,” are legitimate concerns about how government is presently providing service to its citizens.



Muse said he has long demonstrated a strong work ethic and has dealings with other small business in all three counties over 30 years.



Muse said he also feels strongly that “the rich history we have in downtown New Bern at Tryon Palace” and the N.C. History Center is important for the whole state and must be preserved.



“This was the state’s first capital, started by the founding fathers to create a nation based on hope for a better life” and continuing to support the complex is vital to teaching that lesson, and tourism remains important, he said. 



Gregory ‘Greg’ Dean Muse



Born: 1961, New Bern 



Residence: James City Community



Education: Craven County Public Schools, Calvary Baptist Christian School



Professional: Small Business Owner, Craven Music Company, Caribbean Breeze Tanning Salon, Sanddollar Beach Binge, former licensed firearms dealer



Elected Office: None. Candidate for N.C. Senate District 2, 2008



Personal: Married, two children



Activities: New Bern Elks Lodge #764, former New Bern Moose, volunteer in Democratic political campaigns for Sen. Pete Bland, late Rep. William Wainwright, Rep. Alice Graham Underhill



Hobbies: Fishing, horseback riding