Meet Pat Bradford candidate for
New Hanover County Board of Education
"My relationship with Jesus is the most important of my life, and everything I do flows from out of this."
SMALL BUSINESS OWNER
Pat Bradford is a small business owner in New Hanover County. She is the senior editor, publisher and co-founder of the highly acclaimed Wrightsville Beach Magazine, in its 24th year Telling Stories That Matter.
Pat also founded the award-winning weekly newspaper, Lumina News, and served as publisher and editor from 2002 to 2017, when the publication was sold to an employee for $1.
The benefit to you? Common business sense and real word leadership gained from success and failures honed over decades of hiring and firing, determining compensation and bonuses, strategic planning and budgets, vendor management, comprehending contracts, and bids for proposal.
Pat knows how to work as a team, and respect her team members, even when they differ.
As editor and storyteller as well as resident, her community involvement includes attending and reporting on thousands of municipal board meetings and issues from historical landmark commission to county, city and town councils, along with trips to Raleigh to the state capitol to encourage legislation and community lobbying in Washington, D.C.
The benefit to you? Established relationships and invaluable institutional knowledge of how our boards and local governments work.
Pat admits, "God has led me kicking and screaming," into the most important roles of her life where her extraordinary imagination, creativity, drive, organization and relationships are assets.
With son Michael, who is a battalion chief in the Nassau County, Florida fire department, Pat celebrates her daughter-in-law, Erika (ER nurse), and their children: granddaughter Zoie, age 26 (traveling nurse) and grandson Ethan, 17 (student and star football kicker and soccer goalie).
Along with nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews, and a few cousins, Pat's life has been enriched by mentoring and taking into her home several non-biological children.
In 2006 Pat completed Guardian ad Litem Program training to be sworn by the State of North Carolina and the Fifth District Court as a Child Advocate to give back to the community.
About this time Pat began robust volunteering including all ages of children’s Sunday school.
Touched by the need in the community, in 2011 Pat founded The King’s Breakfast outreach to the hungry and homeless.
Pat volunteered with Boots on the Ground outreach going into the Wilmington public housing communities with Pastor James Jamison with food cooked on location, ice cream, fellowship and ministry.
Four years ago, she became a volunteer at First Fruit Ministries ministering to the unsheltered — those living in cars, tents in the woods, on street corners and city benches — to help them know their value, regardless of their circumstances. There she also offers love to women at the Wilmington Dream Center who have come out of poverty, homelessness, domestic violence and the commercial sex trade.
Pat is an active member of Wilmington’s Global River Church, serving with the Intercessory Prayer Team, the Prayer Ministry Team, Kingdom Women, and shepherding Children’s Flag Warriors.