Magistrate in Huntersville:
We need a magistrate in Huntersville desperately. Magistrates issue warrants, they provide restraining orders, and other various services that are critical to our justice system and safety. Due to the fact we don't have a magistrate in Huntersville, our police officers must travel back and forth to downtown Charlotte to complete some tasks for their jobs instead of patrolling or town; this is unacceptable and our officers need supportive services in our community to make their jobs easier and our town safer. A local magistrate would also be able to assist those in domestic violence situations and people experiencing mental health crisis that need intervention; situations where minutes matter to save lives. Since being elected I have been dedicated to making this happen for Huntersville, including advocating in Raleigh to the legislatures that have the power to bring this critical public safety solution to our community.
No New Taxes:
When I filed in 2019 for my first term, I promised myself I would combat raising taxes every which way I could. The board has NOT raised taxes since I’ve been elected and I’ll be determined to ensure we don’t if I’m elected another two years and while that sounds like a campaign stumping speech, I’m being serious and sincere. Being a small business manager and farmer have taught me how to be mindful of money so you don’t have to pass on costs to consumers, that is no different than how the town budget works. Managing wasteful spending, balanced budgets, budget forecasting, planning for the worst of times – that’s how you keep from having to raise taxes.Smart Development:
I have seen Huntersville go from a sleepy farming community to becoming the second largest town in Mecklenburg County and one of the largest towns in the state with no signs of stopping. We MUST be smarter about the developments we approve, and the long-term vision set for this town. I have been critical and opposed developments, specifically in the downtown area, because we only get one shot to get it right and I don’t see luxury apartments as the answer. There is an argument that “roof tops bring retail” but if we continue to rubberstamp luxury apartments there will be nowhere left for retail to go.No New Town Hall:
I am adamantly opposed to building a New Town Hall. The price is estimated at this time to be $13 million, however with the rising cost of labor, materials, etc. the $13 million price tag is a guess and could be much larger than anticipated. The town also did not do an efficiency study on the current town hall or even look at planning to expand the current building, which could possibly come with savings. Most of all it bothers me that a Town Hall is meant for the people, but we are not putting the New Town Hall on the ballot for citizens to vote on. Your tax dollars will be paying for this building and you should have a say.Ocular Melanoma Cancer Cluster:
My grandfather, Billy Gene Turbyfill, is Patient Zero in the Ocular Melanoma Cancer Cluster and I also attended Hopewell High School with two of the women that lost their lives to this awful cancer – Ocular Melanoma isn’t a campaign talking point, but a haunting reality that is part of my life and took the life of someone I love. I have not and will not accept that we haven’t found the reason why this cancer is plaguing our community. Since being elected I have advocated for funding for Ocular Melanoma Research at the North Carolina General Assembly and will not stop until we receive the support we deserve.