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Lapsley hosts reception, launches website

By Bill Moss, Published: March 15, 2014, Hendersonville Lightning

The owner of an engineering firm, Lapsley is challenging three-term incumbent Larry Young in the May 6 primary.

Henderson County Board of Commissioners candidate Bill Lapsley held a campaign reception and fundraiser at the Cedars on Thursday, drawing a crowd of more than 80 people, his campaign said in a news release.

The candidate also launched his campaign website, www.votelapsley.com. The website highlights Lapsley's campaign priorities in economic development, infrastructure and public health.
"I have volunteered many hundreds of hours of my time toward this area as a Past Chairman of the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce and the Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development," he says. "I have shared in the successful recruitment of Continental Teves, UPM-Raflatac, FedEx Ground & FedEx Freight, Prince Manufacturing, Elkamet, and more recently Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and Empire Distributors of North Carolina."
A past chairman of the Pardee Hospital Board of Directors, he has also worked with the Department of Social Services and Four Seasons hospice and is currently a member of the UNC Health Care Board of Trustees.
When it comes to roads, water lines, sewer systems and other public construction projects "the knowledge and experience that I will bring to the Board is unmatched," he said.

A graduate of the University of Wyoming with a degree in civil engineering, Lapsley is a licensed professional engineer in North Carolina, South Carolina and other states. He and his wife Joan Vanoli Lapsley have lived in Henderson County for 40 years. They have three grown sons who were raised in Henderson County and graduated from West Henderson High School.



A humble man

Published: Sunday, February 16, 2014

Blueridge now.com

To the editor: When one thinks of the word humble, Bill Lapsley comes to mind. I have known and worked with Bill in various capacities over the past 20 years. A more humble person you will not find. Bill has always stepped forward to accept any challenge in Henderson County that could have a positive impact on the lives of our citizens.

Pardee Hospital, Four Seasons Hospice, YMCA, United Way, Department of Social Services, Boy Scouts and many other organizations have benefited from Bill’s participation and leadership. Bill and Joan Lapsley have not only given their time but have always been among the first to contribute financially to assist organizations within our community.

Bill is a consensus builder and believes in listening to all sides of an issue. Open-minded, committed, dedicated, caring and service-oriented are only a few of his qualities. These have served him well in his successful business and in assisting in the recruitment of the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., FedEx Ground & Freight, Continental Teves, UPM-Raflatac, Prince Manufacturing, Elkamet and many more that have provided good jobs for our families, friends and neighbors.

Please join me in supporting Bill Lapsley for Henderson County commissioner.

Sheriff George H. Erwin Jr. (Retired)

Fletcher


Lapsley Files for Board of Commissioners - Businessman will face incumbent Larry Young in District 3

From staff reports

Hendersonville Times News

Published: Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 8:46 a.m.

Local businessman, engineer and community service volunteer William "Bill" Lapsley officially filed for election for the District 3 seat on the Henderson County Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday.

Lapsley's campaign will be focused in the areas of economic development, infrastructure and public health.

Lapsley had announced his intention to challenge incumbent Commissioner Larry Young for the seat on Feb. 4.

Lapsley and Young will face off in the May 6 Republican primary. Young has held the District 3 seat for the last 12 years.

Over the past 40 years, Lapsley has served in volunteer positions with Pardee Hospital, Four Seasons hospice, the county's Department of Social Services, the Rotary Club of Hendersonville, United Way, Boy Scouts, YMCA and others. He currently serves on the board of UNC Health Care.

"I'm honored to have the opportunity to run for County Commissioner," Lapsley said in a prepared statement. "The office of County Commissioner is a position that directly impacts the quality of life in Henderson County, and serving my community has always been one of my greatest joys."

For more information, contact Bill Lapsley at 828-687-7177, Ext. 307.


Lapsley announces run for District 3 seat

From staff reports

Hendersonville Times News

Published: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 10:50 a.m.

With a platform focused on economic development, infrastructure and public health, William “Bill” Lapsley announced Tuesday he will seek election for the District 3 seat on the Henderson County Board of Commissioners.

William “Bill” Lapsley will be running for the District 3 seat on the Henderson County Board of Commissioners. He will face Larry Young at the ballot box.

Lapsley will face Commissioner Larry Young at the ballot box during the May 6 Republican primary. Young has held the District 3 seat for the last 12 years.

A longtime community volunteer and professional engineer, Lapsley said his years of experience managing a successful business, as well as leading many of the area's nonprofit boards, would provide the Board of Commissioners with a wealth of technical and practical expertise.

Lapsley said the quality of life in Henderson County is largely dictated by decisions of the commissioners, making their positions the most important for citizens to fill.

“I think those five people need to be the best educated, the best trained and the most experienced people in a variety of topics that we can possibly get,” he said. Compared to Young, Lapsley said he believes his “qualifications, experience and community service exceed what he has offered to the board.”

Over the past 40 years, Lapsley has served in volunteer positions with Pardee Hospital, Four Seasons hospice, the county's Department of Social Services, the Rotary Club of Hendersonville, United Way, Boy Scouts, YMCA and others. He currently serves on the board of UNC Health Care.

The county owes Young “a debt of gratitude for his service,” Lapsley said. “I think he should be applauded. But I think after 12 years, it's time for a change.”