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Tracy Philbeck is a lifelong resident of Gaston County. He went to North Gaston High School and later earned an Associates Degree from Gaston College before graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Government Pre-Law from Campbell University.

He serves, and has served, on numerous community boards including the Caromont Health Board of Directors, Dallas Rescue Squad, The Least of These of Gaston County, and The Dream Center of Gaston County.

As a commissioner, he has served on boards such as the Gaston County Economic Development Commission, Children’s Advocacy Center of Gaston County, National Association of Counties Community & Economic Development Steering Committee, North Carolina Association of County Commissioners Public Education Steering Committee, as well as countless others.

Tracy enjoys reading, fishing, and spending time with his family. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Rebecca, and God has blessed them with two beautiful children, Eliana and Levi. They spend Sundays at their local church, Parkwood Baptist Church, in the morning, followed by an afternoon watching Panthers football!