Looking out for young people in Caldwell County is a daily practice for Brian Foster. Whether he’s teaching adolescent health at our elementary and middle schools, organizing a youth conference for his church, or taking care of his nieces and nephews, Foster is deeply invested in the well-being of children.

In fact, it was through his part-time work with the Caldwell Council on Adolescent Health, a nonprofit founded to reduce teen pregnancy, that Foster became inspired to run for office.

In a conversation with the organization’s director, Foster learned about money promised to the Council by a County Commissioner — money that never appeared. “That broken promise was the catalyst,” he explained. “That made me want to say, ‘Hey, this needs to change!’”

Born in Georgia, Foster has spent 27 of his 31 years in Caldwell County. He attended Lower Creek Elementary, William Lenoir Middle, West Caldwell High, and Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute. “Those first three years really don’t count,” Foster added with a chuckle.

“I’ve been here all my life. I’ve watched the people around me grow, businesses grow, businesses leave. I’ve watched the recession. I believe we are beginning to see the potential of Caldwell’s rise.”

The candidate hopeful operates his own business, Foster Financial Group, and as a small business owner, Foster views economic growth as a key aspect of his platform. Specifically, he wants to be a part of better negotiations with businesses interested in Caldwell County. Foster wants to see new jobs with full-time benefits and living wages offered by companies who will keep their profits local.

Foster is also a big advocate for growth from within. “I’m care about youth retention. Encouraging our young people to stay here and develop careers, to grow businesses and families in Caldwell County,” he said.

Foster understands this kind of growth starts with nurturing young people, helping them figure out their interests and finding opportunities for them to explore and develop their potential. “I’m passionate about mentoring,” he said, “and I want kids to think past ‘good education, good job’”. In other words, Foster wants kids to dream big, and for our community to get behind them.

Foster is advocate of the Council on Adolescent Health as well as of Communities in Schools, Caldwell Friends, and the United Way, and he will continue to be in office. “I will speak up for the nonprofits that work tirelessly for the residents of this county and are underfunded,” Foster said.

The Reverend Charlie Rivens, a local pastor who works with Foster on the Interdenominational Fellowship Movement, and whom Foster describes as one of his own mentors, is excited for Foster’s recently launched campaign.

“Brian’s an enthusiastic young man seeking to bring all age groups together for the betterment of Caldwell County. I’m excited he decided to take this tremendous step.”

Foster has eight years of experience with Tarheel Boys State, a camp at Catawba College that focuses on building government from the ground up. Sponsored by the American Legion, Foster first attended Tarheel Boys State as a delegate and then returned as a volunteer counselor. There, he learned–and later taught–the structures of city, county, and state government, as well as how to articulate a party platform, develop plans for generating revenue, and campaign as a legislator.

Langston Ramsuer worked alongside Foster during his many years at Tarheel Boys State. “He’s a hardworking individual,” Ramsuer said of Foster. “An outstanding guy with great moral character. He’s a great leader.”

To learn more about Brian Foster and his campaign for County Commissioner, visit his Facebook page, Foster for Caldwell.