Municipality: City of Kings Mountain
Position Interested In: Second Vice President
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.
"Working As One, Advancing All" says it all! As District 11 representative, I have observed a great staff that gathers input from all member cities of North Carolina to make our organization relevant. My goal is to always advocate for strong cities that, in turn, make North Carolina stronger. The State took away an important tool to make us stronger--annexation. I would like discuss with the General Assembly what we can do to make it possible for municipalities to annex those growth areas that should be a part of our growing cities.
I also want to convince the State to let cities get into the important job of giving citizens connectivity through broadband. Not becoming an ISP, but developing the infrastructure pipeline for the connectivity. This would enable us to serve individuals who need, but cannot afford broadband because of the cost involved.
Economic Development has been identified as the #1 goal for the City of Kings Mountain and it should be for all cities in North Carolina. It is an important tool for the financial health of cities. I would work on advocating business friendly legislation that keeps North Carolina competitive.
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.
In 1989, I was elected to the Ward 6 City Council seat in Kings Mountain. Two years later, I was one of the last elected officials in North Carolina required to resign that seat to run for Mayor. In 1991 I was elected and served as Mayor from 1991 to 1999 (3 terms). Feeling that I was growing stale, I decided not to run in 1999. Instead, I ran for the N.C. Senate, but was unsuccessful. Fifteen years later, in 2015, the citizens once again had faith in me and I was re-elected as Mayor of this great city. I have been energized once again to take the city to its next level. My goal is to ensure that Kings Mountain remains the best city to live, work, and play. I have been active in Kings Mountain, as member of the Cleveland County Healthcare System's board for 26 years, elder at First Presbyterian Church, and associate member of Good Hope Presbyterian, both in Kings Mountain. I have produced the City of Kings Mountain's 4th of July fireworks show for 26 years and initiated the Downtown Christmas Fantasy Light Show.
Tell us about your educational background, professional experience, and/or community or civic activities.
I graduated from Florida Southern College in Lakeland, FL with a BS Degree in Health and Physical Education. For 37 years, I worked in my family's textile business, Dicey Fabrics in Shelby, NC. I worked in the quality, manufacturing and sales departments specializing in upholstery fabric for the furniture industry. Beginning in 1989, as a hobby, I was actively broadcasting sporting events for various radio stations. Little did I know, with the demise of textiles, that radio would become my life's vocation. I purchased AM 1450 WGNC in Gastonia in 2009 and am working full time there now.
Have You Participated in Any NCLM Events or Committees?
CityVision Annual Conference
Town & State Dinner or Town Hall Days
Advocacy Goals Conference
Legislative Lobby Days
COG Focus Group
Please provide any other information you would like the Nominations Committee to consider.
I appreciate the opportunity to submit this candidate interest form. I believe in the mission of NCLM. The networking that I have been a part of has been so valuable to me. I am a person who wants to work with this great staff that has been assembled over the years. I would be honored to support the professionals that are doing the work that makes our cities strong. I see evidence of that everyday!