- lowered taxes during a high growth period
- successfully passed two bond referendums
- kept taxes lower than than the majority of the largest communities in North Carolina
- built Discovery Place Kids/Town Center without a tax increase
- purchased a police station building for $6 million instead of building one at three times the amount projected
- worked to receive federal dollars for a bridge to our industrial park,
- brought in ABB (a $90 million facility)
- welcomed Burkert
- successfully placed Nutec
- created Veteran’s Memorial Park
- purchased land and built Fire Station 3 (again, no tax increase)
- purchased land and began design for Fire Station 4
- developed relationship with CPCC Merancas and the County for the new rec Center on Verhoeff
- hosted a Chinese delegation (who gave 3D printers to two public high schools)
- hosted the first visit of a sitting U.S. Senator
- worked hard to develop positive relationships with not only the towns in our region, but in our state
- increased the capabilities and security of citizens and our police force with new technology
- advanced monies to the State for the widening of Sam Furr Road (ahead of the State priority list)
- moved forward on numerous road improvements
- worked with state and federal leaders for bonus monies to advance road projects at Gilead and 21 and the Gilead overpass
- worked with state officials to allow an underpass greenway from Rosedale to 21 to be included in I77 road construction
- celebrated the expansion of Saertex
- celebrated the expansion of Poly-Tech Industrial
- worked with the Arts and Science Council on a Community Culture Plan
- held leadership positions in State and Regional planning and coalition councils
The current campaigners banked on their warning shots that I would not run for office again. And yet, they misunderstand the entire situation. My voice is perhaps more effective now. And giving back doesn’t require an office or a title. Serving your community doesn’t mean ruining someone else’s reputation to get votes. I feel so strongly about Huntersville’s sense of community that I refuse to be part of the divisiveness, but I will challenge town board decisions. In one Facebook stream last week, people who don’t know me called me the following: Bitch, Trashy, Bi-Polar, UnProfessional, Unethical, Disgusting, Crazy, Worthless Joke, Embarrassment, Cannot Hold a Job, Disgrace, She needs to move. They were reacting to a FB post of my own, which challenged what I personally see as several self-serving decisions of the current town board.
A man named Dave Mancuso, whom I met once and hugged (thank you for reminding me, sir), started a nasty meme contest about me, in response to a rumor that I might be running again for office. In each of the memes, there were statements attributed to me that were simply untrue. Based on a social media campaign years ago that got citizens so riled up and angry that they still believe the rumors that I had something, anything to do with the current construction on I-77, they’ve gotten themselves so worked up that their hate has been targeted at a few people for nearly three years, including me.
As a private citizen, I will continue to plan on making sure candidates are answering questions about the future of Huntersville and their plans for progress. I have been thrilled at the successes at the Huntersville Chamber and watching it grow along with the many businesses associated with the Chamber. My biggest hope is that this election unlike the previous election is less about lies, false statements and mud slinging. Huntersville residents deserve more from those running. They deserve to know what the candidates stand for, details on plans to continue growth and maintain the wonderful community spirit that makes Huntersville so wonderful.
And if you aren’t pleased with what you see, you can always write names in. I’ll be happy to give you some recommendations.