When ABB hosted their ribbon cutting here in Huntersville, I was honored to be asked to make a speech. My speech was simple: I noted the number of people, of differing ideologies, representing different organizations, who came together for a common purpose – to provide jobs and economic diversity to our community. And, I said that in today’s political climate, we should be held up as an example of people coming together for the common good.
Shortly after we cut the ribbon, Speaker of the House Tillis asked me if I might be interested in running for his seat, since he would not be running again for State office. I told him I was just the type of person that he didn’t want – because I made it a point to listen to ALL viewpoints and didn’t always follow the party line, because I believed other parties had good ideas, too. Speaker Tillis said at the time that I was exactly the type of person he saw representing this area….and I found that to be an extraordinary compliment.
That conversation has been on my mind for nearly six months and because filing for the Huntersville Town Board is this month, I’ve decided to make an announcement today.
I have loved being part of Huntersville’s growth. As a Town Board member, and as Mayor, I’ve been front and center for many of the exciting things that have happened as our Town has blossomed. It hasn’t always been easy, it hasn’t always been pleasant, but it has been worth it.
I often say that there is a difference between a politician and a public servant. I prefer to think of myself as a public servant – my aspirations are not for greater pay or greater exposure, but with the hope that perhaps my involvement can make a positive difference.
That said, I’m announcing today that I am running for another term as Mayor of the Town of Huntersville, because here is where I believe I can make a difference. It is at the local level that I believe we can make changes without being hamstrung to fundraising efforts; it is at the local level where I am not stopped from representing the citizens who voted for me due to party caucus requirements or pressures and it is at the local level where my neighbors hold me accountable every single day at the grocery store, the park or in my driveway. It is here where I can stand up for the rights of our citizens, stand up for the rights of our towns and look beyond our borders for regional partners and the potential for economic development internationally.
Public service is not a job that will provide a person with a healthy bank account, but it is at the local level, I believe, where countless riches abide. It has been my honor to be Mayor and I hope the voters will allow me to do so again for the next two years. Huntersville is where my heart is.