A local real estate agent who has been active with the Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce said he will run for a seat on the town’s Board of Commissioners this fall.
Brian Pate said he wants to focus on managing Wake Forest’s rapid growth and maintaining its small-town appeal.
Pate said there will always be conflicts in places with commercial and residential growth, but it is important to engage citizens in all aspects of development.
“I think the town can do a better job of educating the public on the processes so that the citizens know when they have input,” he said.
Pate said he also wants to focus on transportation, traffic and connectivity.
Three seats on the Wake Forest Board of Commissioners are up for grabs in the November election. Commissioner Zachary Donahue has said he will not run for re-election. Commisioners Anne Reeve and Greg Harrington are up for re-election but have not said if they will run.
The filing period begins in July. Pate is the first candidate to announce a run for a seat on the board.
Pate, a native of Tallahassee, Fla., who grew up in Myrtle Beach, moved to Wake Forest in 1998 with his wife, Eileen.
He was a member of the board of directors of the Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce for 14 years and served as chairman of the chamber’s government affairs committee for four years.
He leads a team in Wake Forest as part of the Keller Williams real estate company. He also teaches real estate courses.
Pate has two daughters, 15-year-old Shannon and 11-year-old Cassidy.
“My primary job is, was and always will be ‘daddy.’ This is just something I’m adding to my plate,” Pate said of ambitions to land a seat on the town’s governing board. “My kids appreciate why I’m doing this, too. This is a family decision.”
Pate used to own an event management company, and he serves as the announcer at basketball and football games at Heritage High School, where his daughter Shannon attends.
Pate also serves as emcee of town events such as the Wake Forest Christmas Parade and the Fourth of July children’s parade.