Longtime Charlotte business owner William “Bill” Griffin has announced that he will run for the Mecklenburg County Commission District 5 Seat. “I would like to join the Mecklenburg County Commission to bring stability to the Board,” said Griffin who owns Griffin Home Health Care. “I am deeply committed to the citizens of Mecklenburg County and I want to assure that we are taking care of all our citizens and everyone’s freedom to achieve success. I pledge to make Mecklenburg County a vibrant and fiscally strong community once again. “Commissioner Neil Cooksey has certainly set a high standard representing the district and I certainly wish him well in all his future endeavors. I plan to maintain the same type of honest and common sense values he’s displayed on the board representing District 5.” Griffin, a native of Charlotte and his wife Tamara live in Charlotte and have four children and two grandchildren. He has been very active in state and national affairs for many years. He is a strong advocate for the protection of individuals and their health care needs and supported efforts for North Carolina to become the first state to license durable medical equipment suppliers. In conjunction with the North Carolina Attorney General, Griffin assisted to provide regulations governing the public for safety in the durable medical equipment industry. In addition, he has worked with members of the United States Congress to help clarify the mission of the durable medical equipment industry and testified before a Congressional Subcommittee for small business in 2009. Griffin has served in various capacities in the Charlotte community. He is currently the President of Arthritis Services and has served on the Board of Directors for over 20 years. He is the Chair of the North Carolina Board of Pharmacy DME Sub-Committee. Griffin served as President of the North Carolina Association for Medical Equipment Services and as treasurer for the Continuity of Care Association. He is immediate past Chairman of the Diaconate at Providence Baptist Church, where he also sings in The Sanctuary Choir. As a result of his founding and establishment of Griffin Home Health Care 29 years ago, a successful provider of health care products and services, he has provided employment for a number of citizens in the community. The Charlotte and Gastonia locations serve the general public in a 16-county region in and around Mecklenburg County.