"Putting Pinehurst First"
Statement of Candidacy
July 8, 2021
Today I filed as a candidate for election to become a member of the Pinehurst Village Council.
As the Village of Pinehurst considers an array of issues during the next four years--in a post COVID-19 country--I see my 28 years of public service in the Federal government combined with my 13 years in the non-profit and private sector as an asset.
If the voters of Pinehurst decide to add me to the Village Council, I promise to view every issue through the lenses of “Putting Pinehurst First.”
The key issues I hope to talk about over the coming months with my fellow Pinehurst residents fall into categories I refer to as the three T’s:
- Traffic, and
I look forward to meeting as many voters as possible between now and election day November 2.
It’s a beautiful day in Pinehurst!
"Before people care what you know, they need to know that you care—and I care about Pinehurst."
— Patrick Pizzella
About Patrick Pizzella
Patrick Pizzella and his wife Mary Joy (MJ) have been homeowners in Pinehurst since 2012. His love for Pinehurst started in the 1990’s when he began regular golf trips with friends to the area. These years of visits confirmed his belief that one day he would live and be active in the Pinehurst community.
Pizzella’s professional career includes 28 years in the Federal government and 13 years in the non-profit and private sector. This year he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Leadership Institute and to the Board of Directors of the Job Creators Network.
Pizzella recently served as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) in Washington, DC from 2018—2021. President Donald J. Trump nominated him to serve as Deputy Secretary and the U.S. Senate confirmed Pizzella on April 12, 2018. Pizzella served as Acting U.S. Secretary of Labor from July 20, 2019, until September 27, 2019. DOL's mission is to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights. DOL administers and enforces more than 180 federal laws and thousands of federal regulations. These mandates and the regulations that implement them cover many workplace activities for over 10 million employers and over 150 million workers. DOL has almost 14,000 employees and a budget of about $12 billion.
Pizzella previously served as a Member of the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) after being nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate in 2013. On January 23, 2017, President Trump designated Pizzella as Acting FLRA Chairman, a position he held until December 8, 2017.
Prior to joining the FLRA, Pizzella was Principal at Patrick Pizzella LLC. He was confirmed by the Senate and served as Assistant Secretary of Labor for Administration and Management DOL from 2001 to 2009. Pizzella was designated by President George W. Bush to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation from January 2004 to April 2005.
Previously, he worked at Preston Gates Ellis & Rouvelas Meeds LLP as a Government Affairs Counselor from 1998 to 2001 and Director of Coalitions from 1996 to 1997. From 1990 to 1995, Pizzella was Director of the Office of Administration at the Federal Housing Finance Board, and from 1988 to 1989, Deputy Under Secretary for Management at the U.S. Department of Education.
He has previously held positions at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and the U.S. General Services Administration.
Pizzella received a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of South Carolina and he is a graduate of Iona Preparatory School. He is a native of New Rochelle, New York.
MJ was a member of the Village Historic Plaque Committee from 2016 to 2019 and has been a member of the Garden Club of the Sandhills since 2014. She grew up in Ridgeland, South Carolina and is a graduate of Clemson University.
How to Donate
If you would like to donate to the Patrick Pizzella for Pinehurst Council campaign, please mail checks to the address provided and note the important information provided below.
Patrick Pizzella for Pinehurst Council, P.O. Box 5748, Pinehurst, NC 28374.
- Donation checks must include (1) current address and (2) occupation (if retired, please list the industry in which you worked in for the majority of your career).
- Mr. Pizzella has decided to limit the maximum cash contribution to $250.00 per individual.
- Campaign contributions from any corporation, business entity, labor union, professional association, or insurance company are prohibited.
- Please also note that all contributions are required by campaign finance policy to be made available to the public. Consequently, all contributions can and likely will be made known to the public by the media.
How to Get Involved
If you would like to further support the Patrick Pizzella for Pinehurst Council campaign, here are some ways you can get involved:
👋 Host a Meet & Greet
🏡 Place a Yard Sign
🗳️ Work the Polls
For more information, please email PizzellaForPinehurstCouncil@gmail.com.
Published Articles by Patrick Pizzella
There is always dignity in work
Part of what makes the United States unique is our celebration of this holiday on the first Monday in September. Only America and Canada have Labor Day today. In many countries, it's called "International Workers' Day," and it's on the first of May. That difference is instructive.
Viewpoint: Rising Suspensions and Debarments Among Federal Contractors Is Good News for Taxpayers
Benjamin Franklin once said, "There is no kind of dishonesty into which otherwise good people more easily and frequently fall than that of defrauding the government." That's probably because people often forget that the ultimate victim of such fraud is not some faceless, faraway bureaucracy. It's taxpayers like you and me.
Three Steps the Labor Department Is Taking to Make Government More Effective
The management scholar Peter Drucker once said, "Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things." At the Labor Department we are committed to doing the right things. We have increased accountability within our programs and have taken a hard look at the department's processes and use of resources to ensure we are being as effective as possible in serving the nation's workforce.
Decluttering at the Department of Labor
Early last year, Marie Kondo drove America into a decluttering frenzy by introducing millions of viewers to what she has dubbed "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up." As the organization guru reached peak popularity, thrift stores like Goodwill and the Salvation Army overflowed with donated furniture, clothes, and household items that no longer "sparked joy" in their owners.
U.S. Department of Labor leads the way on 'Buy American': Patrick Pizzella
At the Department of Labor, we take our role as stewards of taxpayer dollars very seriously. As we celebrate the Labor Day holiday, we are proud to continue our investment in the American worker and the American economy, and look forward to finding new and innovative ways to support America's workforce moving ahead, writes Patrick Pizzella, the U.S.
Bringing Transparency to Administrative Law Judge Dockets
"Information is data endowed with relevance and purpose." So noted management guru Peter Drucker, writing in the Harvard Business Review. At the Labor Department, we have worked to understand the data generated by our organization. We also have worked to understand where there are holes in the existing data.
How to cut the budget, for real
As Lane Kirkland, former president of the AFL-CIO, famously declared: "Any jackass can draw up a balanced budget on paper." Indeed, as the recently announced "Super Committee" begins to look for ways to save $1.5 trillion over the coming decade, it might want to go beyond what theoretically looks...
Photos of Patrick Pizzella
Clockwise, from top left:
(1) Speaking at his confirmation hearing for Deputy Secretary of Labor, July 13, 2017;
(2) Patrick with wife Mary Joy ("MJ") and dog ("Dixie") at home in Pinehurst [Photo by: John Gessner];
(3) Speaking at 125th Anniversary of Labor Day event in Washington D.C., August 29, 2019;
(4) Walking with Dixie in the Pinehurst Parade;
(5) Patrick with President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan in the Reagan Presidential Library, 1993.
Paid for by the Patrick Pizzella for Pinehurst Council campaign.