Thomas F. Mark, Craven County Commissioner District 1

Commissioner since December 2010. Re-located to New Bern, N.C. from Suffern, N.Y. in 2000 following retirement from Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. His career of 32 years of service included sales management, budgeting and marketing.

He resides in Fairfield Harbour with his wife Laraine. They have seven children and eleven grandchildren.

Hobbies: He was a member of the Fairfield Harbour Golf Club and President of the twilight golf league. He enjoys reading fiction and non-fiction books. He has an avid interest in tennis.

Tom is a member of the Craven County Republican Men’s Club where he served as President for three terms. When he took over as president there were sixteen members, when he left there were sixty-one members. Tom also served on the Craven County Executive Committee and was chairman of the nominating Committee to elect the Executive Committee officers.

Tom currently serves as Chairman of the Craven County Board of Commissioners. In addition he serves on the following Boards:

  • Vanceboro Library Board.

  • Highway 17/64 Corridor Commission.

  • Highway 70 Corridor Commission, he serves as Chairman of this Board.

  • Tryon Palace Board.

  • Kellenberger Foundation Board New Bern History Center.

  • Tourism Development Board.

Previous Boards Served on:

  • Coastal Regional Solid Waste Authority.

  • Craven-Pamlico-Carteret Counties Regional Library Board.

Tom’s Priorities for moving Craven County and District 1 ahead are:

  • Maintaining low taxes for private homeowners, builders, small family owned business and farmers, thus helping the Craven County economy.

  • Lower unemployment through economic development that will create jobs.

  • Support USMCB Cherry Point.

  • Sustain effective government.

  • Sustain County Services and improve on them.