Butch Lawter - County Commissioner
“I want people to know what’s going on and get involved. I really feel my personal skills, professional experience, and local government experience will serve the citizens of Johnston County well,” said Lawter. “My vision for Johnston County would be for our children and grandchildren to obtain a quality education; work in their chosen trade, vocation, or profession (farming to pharmaceuticals); enjoy recreational opportunities; obtain quality healthcare; and raise their families all without leaving Johnston County.”
Lawter is a member of Greater Heights Methodist Church in Clayton. He’s also served local schools, including two years as president of Cooper Elementary (Academy) PTA, speaking and volunteering at Clayton High School, Cleveland High School and Riverwood Elementary. He’s a former member of the Clayton Civitan and volunteered for Relay for Life, Special Olympics of North Carolina, the Chamber of Commerce Harvest Festival, Cleveland Christmas Parade, on the Cleveland Parks and Recreation District Committee, and also as a coach for YMCA, Clayton Little League and Clayton Parks & Recreation. He’s a strong supporter of the arts – attending and participating in Clayton Visual Arts receptions and exhibits, Clayton Youth Theater performances and fundraising, and the Clayton High School Performing Arts programs.
He was recognized as the 2016 Volunteer of the Year for Town of Clayton Downtown Development Association.
Additionally, he serves on regional and statewide planning organizations, such as the Triangle J Council of Governments, Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, and Western Johnston Regional Water and Sewer Authority – organizations that he says have assisted him in understanding the bigger picture of how a community grows encompassing transportation, planning, engineering, building inspections, customer service, public works, emergency services and parks and recreation issues.
Spending 30 years in engineering, land development and roadway construction in central and eastern North Carolina has helped expose me to the ordinances of many other municipal and county governments. It’s given me the opportunity to interact with many departments in these local governments. I’ve participated in their rezoning and special/conditional use processes from plan submittal to approval by elected officials,” said Lawter, who holds a Bachelors in Civil Engineering from Clemson University and a Masters in Civil Engineering from NC State University.
“This experience enables me to understand the design and permitting process for projects that are essential to the strategic growth and economic development in Johnston County. I want to bring all of that to the county and plan to continue to be as active as the day I first moved to Johnston County.”