Faircloth remembers his advocacy for highway building as a member of Governor Terry Sanford's Highway Commission. He focused on Brunswick County, a poor area eventually enriched by its highways. Faircloth also remembers some other road-building projects and states' eagerness to build with plentiful federal assistance. Faircloth was basically running a dictatorship, he remembers, but he eventually returned to his businesses, which he had continued to operate as head of the Highway Commission.