Meet the Mineral Springs election candidates

Oct. 08, 2013 @ 10:07 AM

Mayor

Frederick "Rick" Becker

Age/Birth date: 58

 Address: 6603 Sadler Rd, Waxhaw, NC 28173

 Spouse: None

 Children: None

 Occupation: Woodworker, current Mineral Springs mayor, part-time finance officer

 Club, organizations: Optimist Club of Waxhaw-Mineral Springs

 Prior elective office: Mineral Springs mayor 1999 - present

 Phone/email: (704) 843-5870, rick.becker@yahoo.com

ISSUES

Why are you running?

 I love my hometown of Mineral Springs, and would like to continue my service to the town and its people.

What qualifies you for this position?

My experience and my record of dedication and accomplishment are my greatest assets. I have served Mineral Springs since its re-incorporation, and have taken the opportunity during those fourteen years to learn everything I can about local government in North Carolina. I have established good working relationships with the mayors and governing boards of our neighboring municipalities, and always try to use my knowledge and those relationships to foster a spirit of cooperation between Mineral Springs and those municipalities. Finally, I have established an excellent working relationship with your town council, working without regard to political party to "put Mineral Springs first."

What are the three most important issues facing your community:

1. Our underdeveloped and "run-down" downtown business district needs revitalization and redevelopment.

2. We must continue our capital improvement plan to expand and improve on the amenities that residents want and deserve, including more accessible greenway facilities, the long-awaited community center in the historic Mineral Springs School agriculture building, and improvements to our Potter Road municipal campus that might include a "pocket park" with walkways, benches, and even possible playground facilities.

3. There is a small but persistent group of people who opposed creating our town in 1999 and who still harm the interests of the majority of residents by using misinformation to stand in the way of the accomplishment of the town's goals.

 

If elected, what can you do about those issues?

1. I have worked for over eight years on your behalf to obtain Union County sewer service downtown, and work is finally underway on sewer lines to serve the entire downtown stretch of Highway 75. Thank you, Union County! The arrival of sewer service, combined with recently-adopted "conditional district" zoning that allows business owners greater flexibility to develop new facilities will soon lead to the downtown business district we've all been waiting for!

2. "Slowly but surely"...as with all of our capital projects so far, we will continue to budget conservatively, keep overhead low, and get the most "bang for the buck" possible by handling much of the project work in-house, by relying on volunteer help, and by seeking contractors and vendors who provide the greatest value. We will continue to use money we have saved for such projects rather than going into debt and raising taxes; our way takes longer but respects the financial needs of our taxpayers.

3. I will continue to be completely accessible to any resident, and will work with staff to continue to provide the most complete and accurate information possible about Mineral Springs government. For example, few, if any, municipalities in the county have the level of financial detail on their websites that ours does, where monthly finance reports provide complete data down to the individual transaction level.

 

How do you plan to maintain Mineral Springs' outdoor and equestrian image while also growing as a community?

I believe that our planning department and our current zoning and subdivision ordinances are well-equipped to achieve these goals. "Conservation zoning" encourages both large-lot equine development and the preservation of open space within developments, and greenway access for new subdivisions is a fundamental part of our land-use plan. Developing a traditional "main-street-based" downtown business district will allow for more growth in that area, while allowing the further-removed parts of the town to provide the rural environment that Mineral Springs is becoming known for.

 

Gregory Lee Evans

Age/Birth date: 57 10/17/1955

Address: 2212 Potter Downs Drive, Waxhaw NC 28173

Spouse: Linda Ka. Evans

Children: Scott, Stephanie, Sarah, Shannon

Occupation: High School Teacher, Carpentry

Club, organizations: Masonic Lodge, Eagle Scout, Skills USA NC, First Baptist Church of Indian Trail

Prior elective office: None

Phone/email: 704-607-8547 gregevansformayor@yahoo.com

 

ISSUES

Why are you running?

I feel a need for Voice in the Town Hall. Also a new vision to guide the desires of the community as whole, as well as jump starting some of the current visions.The current administration has been in office for many years. Many of the visions they had are not being seen by the community as a whole. I believe as Mayor, I will bring new enthusiasm and leadership the Community and Town Hall. To bring New Vision to move forward and overcome some the obstacles holding up progress. Adding jobs to the community and show new life to old business and encourage new businesses into a once prosperous town.

 

What qualifies you for this position?

I have managed many construction projects as a contractor and manger of people and asserts. I know how to get things accomplished. I am a retired Air Force service man and have been taught throughout my life, any jobs worth doing is worth doing well. As a manager of Air Force assets or a manager of a Town like Mineral Springs, you are spending money that tax payers have worked hard to make. I have an obligation to the community to not waste the money that has been given to the town by tax payers, to use it for the benefit and growth of the community. I have that experience and the knowledge to use these assets to help our community to grow and to improve in the most efficient and expedient way. The experience and integrity to do what the people expect of a Town Mayor. Talking to the community and staying in touch with the towns people. Keeping abreast of what the needs are and doing whatever is possible to make the improvements that are apparent to the community.I have the communication skills and the plan to make that communication open and available to the community. People will know what is being done in Town Hall. They have the right to know!I will give Mineral Springs, VOICE in town hall.

 

What are the three most important issues facing your community:

Improvements in the main stream community, utilities and spur old business, and encourage and and attract new business growth.

 

If elected, what can you do about those issues?

I can go to bat to the county on improving utilities, therefor making a way for the much needed improvements to the community center. Also to improve the utility issues, i.e. gas, water, sewer hookups in the surrounding areas of Mineral Springs. These are the desires and needs of the community as a whole.

 

How do you plan to maintain Mineral Springs' outdoor and equestrian image while also growing as a community?

  I wish to improve the relationship with the equestrian image and also to find ways that the equestrian population can benefit the community as a whole. The outdoor projects that have been started could use additional improvements and maintenance to benefit the community and people of Mineral Springs. I wish to look into further on how to accomplish this. Possibly looking into starting a park where sports and other activities can take place within our own community.Trying to acquire property to place a recreation area for all the community to use. For family gatherings, ball fields and other activities.Bring the community together and instill a sense of pride and community cohesiveness.

 

COUNCIL 

Charles Bowden

Declined to participate.

 

Jerry Countryman 

Age/Birth date: 67 11/02/1945

Address: PO Box 418 Mineral Springs, NC 28108

Spouse: Diane

Children: Christine Bahnweg and Julie Sullivan

Occupation: Retired (Sales Carolina Sporting Arms)

Club, organizations: (answer left blank)

Prior elective office: Current City Council, Mineral Springs

Phone/email: 704-843-1121

 

ISSUES 

Why are you running?

Provide consistent leadership to the community supporting the Vision Plan of Mineral Springs

 

What qualifies you for this position?

Original Council Member. Have been involved with the community since it became recognized as a town.

 

What are the three most important issues facing your community:

Effective development of a Downtown Community. Maintenance of the well established rural community environment. Development of a town community center.

 

If elected, what can you do about those issues?

Continue development through effective planning and zoning.

 

How do you plan to maintain Mineral Springs' outdoor and equestrian image while also growing as a community?

To continue to be guided by the town Vision Plan and those recommendations communicated the the people in the community.

 

Janet Critz

Age/Birth date: 8-21-1957

Address: 6626 Sadler Rd. Waxhaw, NC

Spouse: Jimmy Critz

Children: James (31), John (28) married to Sarah & granddaughter Eva, Janna (25)

Occupation: Housewife, former Home-School Mom

Club, organizations: Christ Covenant Church, community outreach

Prior elective office: 3 terms Mineral Springs Town Council

Phone/email: 704-843-1850, jbclivingwater@windstream.net

 

ISSUES

Why are you running?

To continue the progress that I have been privileged to work toward over the past 12 years. Being a public servant to a community like Mineral Springs is truly a special opportunity and I desire to serve in this capacity. It will always be my goal to improve the areas where it is needed and preserve the amazing qualities that we have.

 

What qualifies you for this position?

My experience, my love and commitment for my community and my ability to represent those who continue to place me in office.

 

What are the three most important issues facing your community:

First, to protect our natural resources and expand our protected areas. Second, to over-see the development of our downtown area, now that we have this amazing opportunity with the long awaited sewer utility provision. Last, but not least, to look for new and different ways to continue to bring our citizens and community together to strengthen community bonds and effectively implement progress.

 

If elected, what can you do about those issues?

Continue on the committed course we have worked so hard to develop through research and community partnership. The success of any true improvement will always depend on honest hard work and the desire to truly represent your constituents.

 

How do you plan to maintain Mineral Springs' outdoor and equestrian image while also growing as a community?

I believe the key to this growth depends on partnering with the equestrian community for their expertise and partnering with neighboring towns so that we might make the most of this opportunity. We must also look closely at successful examples in other communities and learn from them. However, this is truly an exciting area of expansion for our area.

 

Melody LaMonica

Age/Birth date: 52

Address: 5801 Valley Stream Trail, Waxhaw, NC 28173

Spouse: Michael

Children: None

Occupation: Global Director

Club, organizations: Calvary Church, Charlotte

Prior elective office: Incumbent Town Councilwoman, Mineral Springs

Phone/email: 704-644-0789

ISSUES

Why are you running?

As a resident of Mineral Springs for the past 8 years, serving as a member of the Town Council is a way to give back to the community in which we live.

 

What qualifies you for this position?

In addition to serving on the Town Council for the past 6 years, I served on the Planning Board of Mineral Springs for 2 years. My 30 years of corporate experience in various general management roles, provides skills and perspective that prove invaluable in the Town Council position. Volunteer service includes: Secretary to the Brantley Oaks Home Owners Association (Mineral Springs) - 5 years, Volunteer All Children's Hospital (Florida), served on numerous professional and church committees, projects and boards.

 

What are the three most important issues facing your community:

Infrastructure - the addition of sewer lines to the downtown area is critical to attracting small retail, professional and grocery services, in accordance with the Mineral Springs Vision Plan.

Conservation - maintaining a disciplined approach to the management of commercial and residential development with an eye toward maintaining the rural atmosphere of our community.

Accountability - maintaining a low tax base while honoring the priorities and preferences of our residents.

 

If elected, what can you do about those issues?

We continually capitalize on ways to advance our residents goals as outlined in the land use plan and vision plan for our community. Opportunities for grants, advocacy to advance issues, capitalizing on county and state services, day to day decisions, are all aligned to that end.

 

How do you plan to maintain Mineral Springs' outdoor and equestrian image while also growing as a community?

Conservation and managed growth is a major priority for our residents. It is something we take very seriously, as evidenced by our zoning guidelines and the care that is taken with their maintenance and our compliance.

 

Anna P. Plyler

Full Name: Anna P. Plyler

Age/Birth date: 67

Address: P.O. BOX 36 Mineral Springs, N.C. 28108

Spouse: Eddie

Children: Two

Occupation: Retired

Club, organizations: (Answer left blank)

Prior elective office: (Answer left blank)

Phone/email: 704-578-9971

ISSUES 

Why are you running?

I think that it is time for some changes. We need to bring the town back to all the people. The people of Mineral Springs need to know what is going on with their tax dollars. Why we do not have county sewer. The town needs a look.

 

What qualifies you for this position?

Being a tax payer of Mineral Springs.

 

What are the three most important issues facing your community:

Sewer, accountable for town leaders, new image for the town.

 

If elected, what can you do about those issues?

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How do you plan to maintain Mineral Springs' outdoor and equestrian image while also growing as a community?

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