The Transylvania Times -

Guice Files For County Office


March 12, 2018

W. David Guice recently filed for a seat on the Transylvania County Board of County Commissioners.

Guice, a Republican, served two terms as a county commissioner from 2000-2008.

During his tenure as a commissioner, he served as both chairman and vice-chairman.

Guice was then elected for two terms representing the N.C. House District 113, which includes Transylvania County.

While serving in the legislature, according to a press release, Guice was the primary sponsor of House Bill 642, the Justice Reinvestment Act, which created a pathway to criminal justice reform in North Carolina, becoming a national model for other states to pass similar reform legislation.

He shepherded the bill through the legislative process, ultimately getting it passed with overwhelming bipartisan support, the release said.

His efforts in getting this legislation passed and overseeing the implementation of the legislation ultimately helped save the state a net amount of approximately $229 million over the course of four years, the release said.

As a result, the release said, Guice became a national spokesman on criminal justice reform in other states across the country.

Guice retired from the N.C. Department of Public Safety in November after holding various leadership positions during his career, which spanned 40 years in corrections with the state. During his last six years with the department, he was honored, the release said, to work as an appointee under three different governors.

Guice’s career afforded him significant local, state and national government exposure, the release said.

As commissioner of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice, Guice stood out among his peers as a progressive leader who was committed to justice reform, offender rehabilitation resulting in decreased recidivism, increased access to treatment for offenders with mental illness and/or substance use disorders (to include opioid addiction), and meaningful efforts aimed at helping offenders make a successful re-entry into the community, the release said.

He also emphasized the value of accountability, good supervision, staff and offender safety, consistent application of policy, and the positive impact of good listening and communication skills.

In recent years, according to the release, Guice turned his focus to the rapidly growing population of offenders with mental illness and substance use disorders and highlighted the significant need for improved mental health and substance abuse treatment services within North Carolina’s correction system and within similar systems across the country.

His commitment to addressing the mental health needs of the offender population in the state resulted in his being selected in 2016 as one of five individuals from across the country to testify before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary on the topic, “Breaking the Cycle: Mental Health and the Justice System.”

In doing so, he was able to use local issues as a venue to highlight growing trends of concern across the nation within the justice community, the release said.

Guice and his wife, Kerry, owned and operated the Carriage House Restaurant in Brevard, which later became the Old Hickory House, serving the public for 20 years before selling the business in 2007.

He was born in Buncombe County and graduated from T.C. Roberson High School and Mars Hill College before beginning his career in corrections.

He and his wife have been married for 35 years and have two adult children and three grandchildren.

Guice’s career clearly provides evidence, according to the release, of a wealth of experience as a representative of the people and a breadth of knowledge as an elected government official.

His career has afforded him significant local, state and national government exposure, something that has uniquely prepared him for the role of county commissioner for another term.

“I am running for this office because I feel my ability to connect with people, listen to their concerns and what matters most to them, work with them to fashion solutions that are tailored best to the problem at hand, and my drive to bring people together to see projects through to completion is a unique skill set and one I will be able to use to help make our county one we can be proud to call home,” he said.


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