Saturday, July 18, 2015

I am running for re-election!

It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as the District B Representative on the Cary Town Council.

We are truly blessed to live in one of the greatest communities in America. I am excited to announce that I am running for re-election to continue to work to make Cary an even better place to live, work and raise a family - and to give back to the community that has provided so much for me and my family.

It has been a pleasure to get to know so many of you during my time on the council and together we have worked to address a number of issues in our community. We have accomplished a lot, but we still have work to do.

When I asked for your vote in 2011, I made a lot of promises. I promised to focus on economic development and job creation. I promised to continue our redevelopment and revitalization efforts inside and around the Maynard Loop and downtown. I promised to better manage Cary’s growth and I promised no-nonsense common sense leadership. Most importantly, I promised to listen.

I have kept my promises.

Economic Development and Job Creation

Quality of life doesn't mean much if you don't have a good paying job. During my time on the council I have worked hard to create a business friendly environment here in Cary that encourages business growth and creates jobs.
Sound fiscal policy, low taxes and reduced government bureaucracies have resulted in significant business growth in Cary and one of the lowest unemployment rates (3.6%) in the nation.

There are now more Cary citizens working in Cary than those who commute outside town limits for work. That was not the case before I was elected.  As a successful businessman I know what it takes to create jobs in a tough economy. As a parent of six I know how much that matters.

Cary is now a significant player in the state and southeast in regards to job recruitment and retention.


One of the reasons I first ran for council was that I was disappointed with the town's efforts - or lack thereof - inside and around the Maynard loop and Downtown. Sure, the town talked a good game downtown, but nothing was happening. That is no longer the case.

I have worked hard to ensure that Downtown and "old Cary" receives their fair share of town investments.

I have fought to make sure that Cary keeps its promise to build a signature park downtown and prevented the majority of this land from being developed. Phase one of the park will begin construction in a few short months.

I championed the redevelopment of Cary Elementary into TheCary Arts Center which we paid for with cash that a previous council had earmarked for a pool. This project was completed on time and $3 million under budget.

The Academy Street and streetscape improvements are currently under construction along with the Mayton Inn. I have also supported a number of infrastructure improvement projects, festivals, public-private partnerships, and the elimination of impact fees downtown to further promote private investment. There is now a buzz and excitement in downtown Cary like never before. New restaurants, office uses and retail are locating in and around downtown - we even have a brewery on the way!

Great things are happening in and around downtown! With your support I promise to keep things happening.

Growth Management

The question isn't will we grow, it is how we will grow that matters. Let’s be honest – Cary is one of the most desirable places to live in the country. The only way to stop people from coming to Cary is to make Cary a less desirable place to live. Nobody wants to do that.

As a member of the council I have supported a balanced growth approach that supports quality development projects while maintaining a reasonable 3-4% growth rate. This helps to ensure that infrastructure and services keep pace with growth and that any new growth does not further burden surrounding communities. I support development that protects the character and charm of existing neighborhoods and oppose that which does not. I know the word "NO" and am not afraid to use it when a proposed development does not meet the community’s expectations.

No-nonsense Common Sense Leadership

We are all tired of elected officials who say one thing to get elected and then do another once they get elected. That isn't me. As a member of the council I have earned a reputation as a no-nonsense pragmatic leader. I say what I mean and mean what I say.

My values and life experiences are what guides me - not political ideology. Common sense solutions and principled leadership will continue to move Cary forward - not partisan politics. There is nothing partisan about water and sewer, public safety and good roads.

I believe that a transparent government is an inclusive government. So do a number of my council colleagues. That is why we work very hard to communicate with Cary citizens both through our blogs and social media. You, the voters deserve to know what we are doing on the council and how we vote. We do work for you after all.

You may not always agree with every decision I make, but you will always know where I stand.

I am also very proud of how well this council works together. If you have paid attention over the years you know that hasn’t always been the case. And while each of us are individuals of different backgrounds, beliefs and priorities, we also understand that this isn’t about us – it’s about community.

I believe our positive relationship to be largely responsible for our success. Of course we don’t always agree with each other, but we do understand that compromise is a two-way street and we work very hard towards solutions that all of us can be satisfied with and move our community forward.

I thank you for your trust in me to serve as your representative on the Cary Town Council. I hope that through my efforts I have earned your support for re-election and I ask for your vote again on October 6th.

Please visit my campaign website at to learn more about our work to keep Cary the greatest place to live in America and how you can volunteer to help. Thanks again!