Mount Olive native Andrade Olliver is a newcomer on the local political scene, and he is challenging incumbent District 1 Town Commissioner Vicky Darden in the Nov. 5 Election.
Olliver grew up in Mount Olive and graduated in 1978 from Southern Wayne High School where he participated in football, basketball and wrestling.
He attended North Carolina Central University and the Goldsboro/Raleigh School of Theology.
“I have been very active promoting social change and improvement in our community and throughout the state,” Olliver said.
He said he currently operates a food distribution center at the Carver Cultural Center that serves approximately 400 families a week.
He said he recently has offered his services to the elderly and those unable to clean and maintain their properties.
Olliver also works with Wayne County Probation and Parole authorities to help those who have been through the penal system return and become valuable assets to their community.
“I am seeking election to District 1 because I see a potential growth that I feel might be overlooked. I believe adapting a solid path toward community improvement is the key to advancing our town into the next decade,” Olliver said.
With the support of the district, he said, he will work tirelessly and relentlessly to improve the way of life “we so richly deserve.”
He said he is poised to work for better living conditions, economic growth, and promote the quality of life in Mount Olive.
Education, social and technical change are vital factors in preparing the town for the next level of advancement, he said.
Olliver adds, his main focus is to work toward affordable and fair housing and economic opportunities.
Olliver is married to the former Angela Robinson and is father of three adult children, who still live in Mount Olive.
Currently, he is serving as pastor of Abounding Glory Ministries of Mount Olive.
“With your vote, we can truly make a difference,” he said.