A native of Guilford County and a graduate of Northeast Guilford High School, Kirk earned a Bachelor of Arts in Administration of Criminal Justice from Guilford College. Kirk and his wife Nancy live on their farm in McLeansville. His son Todd, daughter-in-law Marsha and grandsons Logan and Carson live in Winston-Salem.
Kirk is the owner of Perkins and Associates, a real estate appraisal, construction and brokerage firm. He is a North Carolina State-Certified Residential Real Estate Appraiser, a North Carolina Real Estate Broker and a North Carolina Licensed General Contractor. He is a member of the Greensboro Builders Association and the Greater Greensboro Realtors Association. Prior to starting his own business he worked for the North Carolina Department of Corrections.
He serves as a liaison for the Board of Commissioners on the Agricultural Advisory Board, Greensboro Transportation Advisory Committee, and the Parks and Recreation Commission. He also serves on the Board’s Economic Incentive Committee, Jail Construction Advisory Committee and School Budget Committee.
Kirk, an Eagle Scout, is a member of the Sierra Club, The Nature Conservancy, and serves on the Board of Directors for the SPCA of the Triad and the Cape Fear River Assembly. He is a member of Bethel Presbyterian Church where he has been an Elder, a Sunday School teacher and Chairman of the Finance and Missions Committees.
About the Campaign
I was elected to serve District 4 on the Board of Commissioners in November 2004. In December 2007 the Board elected me to serve as Chairman. I have strived to fairly represent and improve the quality of life for the citizens of District 4 and all of Guilford County. I am running for reelection because I want to continue to be a part of helping Guilford County provide a strong economic environment for all citizens, quality education for students of all ages, safe neighborhoods and workplaces, affordable housing, effective emergency services and law enforcement, fair and realistic social services and protection and enhancement of our environment and natural resources.
A commissioner should lead and not govern. I have worked to find common ground with the other commissioners and with other elected officials of Guilford County. I want to continue to expand public trust in our Board of Commissioners, which I feel I have helped create.
The most important challenge I see is to provide responsive and responsible stewardship and leadership for our county. Government services are not free and the challenge is wisely using tax revenues for the benefit of our citizens. I support all efforts to increase efficiencies of Guilford County government and minimize tax burdens on our citizens. I believe the free market is the best engine for growth and economic development. The market should be regulated fairly to promote balanced and sustainable growth with only limited necessary government interference. I want to work with all government agencies, private concerns and our geographic neighbors to expand and enhance our local and regional economies. We need a skilled and educated workforce that is fairly paid and provided with safe and rewarding workplace opportunities. Guilford County is a special place with smart and energetic citizens who are the building blocks for economic development.