Lisa Stone Barnes, a Nash County native, is an active member of the community, and a business and legal professional. She is currently serving her second term on the Nash County Board of Commissioners where she has worked to promote quality of life while also keeping taxes low for citizens. Prior community and public service engagements include serving as a member of the Nash County Planning Board, the Rocky Mount Farmers Market Board, and the Southern Nash High School Athletic Boosters Board.
Lisa began her career in the legal field as a real estate paralegal with a private firm where she developed a love for, and interest in, the legal system. She also worked for a short time in the Rocky Mount Planning and Development Department. Lisa is a graduate of the UNC School of Government’s Advanced Leadership Corps program and is a mentor with the Local Elected Leaders Academy.
Combining her interest in the legal system with her passion for public service, she worked as the Republican judge at Coopers Precinct from 2006-2012 and currently provides prison ministry services at the North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women. She also volunteers with Dew4Him Ministries, a non-profit organization which provides leadership training and bible study classes for women of all ages and denominations.
While community and public service is an important part of Lisa's life, her family is her first priority. Lisa currently works in agribusiness alongside her husband, Johnny Barnes, to whom she has been married for over 30 years. They have three children-- Bethany, Joshua, and Jacy. Lisa and her family are active members of Ridgecrest Worship Center.
Lisa graduated from Southern Nash High School and went on to obtain an Associate of Arts degree from Peace College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from North Carolina State University. Lisa also completed the postgraduate Legal Assistants Program at Meredith College.
North Carolina is a great place to live, work and raise a family. In order to keep our state moving in the right direction, we need leaders with the right expertise, vision and leadership skills. Lisa believes our citizens deserve high-paying jobs in a diversified economy, access to quality healthcare, good roads and infrastructure, and quality education. We need leaders in the General Assembly who understand that government’s main function is to balance the budget, control spending and keep taxes low, so that individuals and communities can continue to excel and reach their highest potential.
Lisa’s diverse experience with business, managing budgets, volunteering in the community and working to solve real problems on the Board of Commissioners will enable her to provide conservative leadership with a common-sense approach. She believes the only way to successfully serve all citizens in House District 7 is to listen first. Only then can leadership work to provide practical solutions that address real problems. Lisa is committed to listening to and representing the citizens in House District 7 and working with members of the General Assembly to ensure that North Carolina's best days are still ahead.