local elections

Eleven percent of eleven percent just doesn't cut it

Here are the final vote counts in Gibsonville's municipal election:

Mayor Leonard “Lenny” Williams will keep his seat. He got 388 votes — 71 percent of the votes. Opponent Paul Thompson garnered 148 votes — 27 percent.

In the aldermen’s race, incumbent Mark Shepherd came in first with 382 votes — 25 percent. Incumbent Clarence Owen came in second with 364 votes — 24 percent. Incumbent Paul Dean came in third with 297 votes — 20 percent. Joel T. Isley received 259 votes — 17 percent. Steve Harrison received 173 votes — 11 percent.

All told, it was a good experience, and definitely not something people should be afraid of trying. Congrats to those who prevailed, and for those of us who didn't, get ready for round two. :)

2015 NC Municipal elections tomorrow

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Campaign update: Newspaper voter's guide questionnaire

This should be published in a special insert in the next few days:

What is the city's biggest challenge, and how, if elected, would you tackle it?

The biggest challenge I see for Gibsonville (and other towns/cities) is the heavy-handed micromanagement by the NC Legislature. They’ve passed laws severely limiting local control, from blocking ordinances that protect citizens from toxic pollution to doing away with fees towns can levy on businesses operating there. The General Assembly has also added new sales taxes on automobile repairs and other previously untaxed services, but neither Alamance nor Guilford County will receive a penny of those revenues, due to population size. Our citizens will pay the taxes, but won’t see any of the benefits they’re paying for. It’s wrong, and local government officials need to stand up to Raleigh and stop this assault on their ability to serve local citizens. If elected, I will gladly join a delegation and do that, because there’s another Legislative Session starting in just a few months, and I fear there’s more meddling in local affairs on the agenda.

I believe it was Abraham Lincoln who said, "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt." ;) More bloviating below the fold:

On the campaign trail with Small-Town Steve

And no, I'm not going to put "Small-Town Steve" on my yard signs, and I really haven't gone very far along said campaign trail. But I thought it would be a good exercise (for me at least) to explore some of the ideas that drove me to file for office and have dominated my thoughts since then. Don't really have any local dragons to slay or threads of corruption to unravel, so some of you may find this a little boring. But when you get right down to it, where you live is pretty dang important, right? I believe that local government should be more than just a collector of taxes and provider of services. It should also strive to improve the quality of life for all its citizens. The former is formulaic, but the latter requires vision and understanding, traits that seem to be rare these days. Let's talk about that:

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