Vision

My Vision for Mills River

I grew up in Florida during the 1970’s and 1980’s. That was a tough time in Florida, because the orange groves disappeared, and were replaced by strip malls and housing developments and apartment complexes. Cities like Ormond Beach and Spruce Creek and Altamont Springs became indistinguishable from larger cities like Daytona Beach or Orlando. Everything began to revolve around the service industry. The Florida that exists now is not even close to being the same place where I grew up. That could happen in Mills River. We are already on our way. That’s something I don’t want to see happen here. When my family would come back to North Carolina and Tennessee during the summers, I loved seeing all the…

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Issues

What are the issues?

There are numerous challenges currently facing Mills River, or which will become issues in the near future. For too long, the attitude of the current town council has been reactionary rather than proactive, and if we are to maintain the ‘small town’ community atmosphere in Mills River while promoting responsible growth, we need new leadership. So what are the issues facing Mills River? TAXES Property taxes for Mills River residents have, in the last year, quadrupled. Many of the people that I’m speaking to have felt this increase, because it’s hitting them squarely in the wallet (if you own a house valued at $300,000, then your taxes just went up by $360 per year). The biggest reason for this increase…

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Who I Am, Why I’m Running

Why would anyone want to run for town council in Mills River, North Carolina? Well, I’m running because I think I’m uniquely positioned to do a good job for this growing community. After working my way through college at Stetson University in Florida (working the night shift at a newspaper), I began a long career in information technology. I also possess a Master’s degree from UNC-Wilmington. At Barnes and Noble and Sterling Publishing, I worked as a Systems Administrator and, later, as a Digital Project Manager, where I was responsible for developing departmental budgets, multi-million dollar websites, and IT infrastructure projects. I have a tremendous amount of experience with large-scale budgets and with planning multiple projects at once. Along with…

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