Royce Canty, who retired from Buncombe County Sheriff’s Department as a Sergeant of the Detention Division, is a candidate for the Henderson County Board of Commissioners.
The District 2 seat represents the northern part of the county, including Fletcher, where Canty and his family have lived for the past 14 years. He and his wife, Carletta, a registered nurse, have three daughters.
Canty is a graduate of Asheville High School and holds an Associate’s Degree in Law Enforcement Technologies. He has also taken other college courses, and following training at the North Carolina Justice Academy as a Criminal Justice Instructor he was certified to train other Sheriff’s deputies. As a Classification Specialist Sergeant in the Buncombe County Detention Facility, Canty created the Gang Interview Separation Unit (GISU), which enables the Sheriff’s Department to identify and classify gang members among inmates.
In his announcement of his candidacy, Canty stated that his concern for fairness and justice led to his career in public service, which he hopes to continue in elected office.
“Seeing the need and creating a solution is something that I have done in my professional life and can bring that experience to the county commission,” he stated. “My beliefs about how to be in community were gained from my parents, my church, and my life experiences. It means that I give back and stay involved in order to make sure that others can be as blessed as I have been.”
A central goal propelling Canty to seek office is education, both in the public schools and for the community at large. He expects to work with fellow commissioners and other public officials to ensure that Henderson County schools are a place where local children have the opportunity and encouragement to learn. That includes providing a safe and secure environment as well as one in which expectations are high for all children.
In the broader community, Canty joins other commissioners and local council members in his determination to bring a new state-of-the-art library to the northern part of Henderson County. He envisions a place with computers and high-speed internet access that will be available to jobseekers, students who are homeschooled, and every other library user. He also wants the enlarged facility to offer public rooms for community meetings, and to collaborate with local educational institutions (such as Blue Ridge Community College) and other community agencies to provide job training and college classes.
Canty promises to listen to all county residents and understand their concerns before voting on anything that will impact their family and property. “Times are changing, and we need to change with them,” he said.
The seat is currently held by Charlie Messer.
For more information on Canty’s campaign, contact him at CantyforCountyCommission@gmail.com or write to Royce Canty for County Commission, PO Box 126, Hendersonville, NC 28793.