Title: Council Member
Municipality: Town of Wilkesboro
Position Interested In: District Representative (District 10)
Tell us why you would like to serve in a leadership position at the League. In particular, specify goals you would like to accomplish as an officer or board member and indicate how, if attained, they will help to achieve Vision 2030 – the League’s future vision of how cities and towns will operate in 2030.
I would like to serve in a leadership position with the League to help shape and implement the goals of Vision 2030 especially as they pertain to rural areas and more specifically District 10. We are faced with many challenges: aging infrastructure, technology needs, economic challenges, an aging/ changing population while state and federal funds are shrinking. Yet we offer a quality of life not found in more urban areas with our natural beauty/ outdoor economic opportunities, lower cost of living etc. I embrace the Leagues Vision 2030 goals of greater municipal control of revenue and the need for more partnerships and collaborations with counties, other governments and the private sector in all facets, whether it be utilities, parks, economic development.
Tell us about your experience as a municipal official. You may want to include information on your service on the municipal governing body, other related boards and special areas of interest.
This is my second (non-concurrent) term as a Wilkesboro council member. I did not run for re-election after the first term because of family and business responsibilities. I was recently appointed by the Wilkes County Commissioner Chairman to serve on our county COVID-19 task force to encourage testing and vaccine usage and to assist in addressing any other needs the health department has. My specific role is to increase public awareness and education through the use of PSAs on the radio, newspaper ads, cable tv, churches, schools, businesses. I am the town liaison to the Planning Board, the Parks Department, the Police Department and a few others. I am especially involved in the expansion of our town park, Cub Creek. We recently approved the purchase of a 40 acre addition, the building of 6 new pickle ball courts and are in the beginning stages of establishing a $500,000 inclusive playground. I am in conversations with a local benefactor about a sizable donation to help finance this. I believe quality of life issues like playgrounds, exercise and outdoor experiences are crucial to our mental and physical health and foster economic benefits by improving our community.
Tell us about your educational background, professional experience, and/or community or civic activities.
I graduated from the School of Journalism at UNC-Chapel Hill in 1985, worked at the News & Observer a couple of years , the Charlotte Observer for a year and moved back and worked at our local paper until this fall when I retired after we sold the newspaper. My family owned and operated the newspaper for 120 years. Needless to say, a bittersweet decision! I am active at the First United Methodist Church, a board member of the YMCA, an avid runner, road biker, yoga practitioner and hiker. My husband and I have two children: a married daughter in Charlotte and a son who is in law school at Campbell.
Have You Participated in Any NCLM Events or Committees?
Please provide any other information you would like the Nominations Committee to consider.
We live in an increasingly polarized society, be it political party, urban/ rural divide, racial or whatever. We need to build and encourage relationships, partnerships, collaborations at all levels to solve the many challenges of local government (and all government). I believe I have the ability to work with and respect all kinds of people and would welcome the opportunity to work with the League to further its members’ goals.