Waxhaw gives McCrory a warm welcome

Mar. 16, 2013 @ 05:14 PM

Gov. Pat McCrory toured Waxhaw’s Main Street Friday afternoon and met with some local business owners.

Earlier in the day, McCrory signed a bill at Cuthbertson High School and had plans of traveling to Matthews after leaving Waxhaw.

The visit to Waxhaw was part of the Governor’s Main Street America tour, Crystal Feldman, press secretary for the Office of the Governor, said.

“I’m trying to get out of the government sector of Raleigh,” McCrory said explaining his visit to Waxhaw Thursday.

Through the tour he is working to learn more about Waxhaw and other local towns. Waxhaw has found a unique niche, he said.

McCrory visiting Waxhaw is a win for both the Governor’s Office and the town, Mayor Daune Gardner of Waxhaw, said.

“This is great PR for the governor and great exposure for Waxhaw,” she said.

McCrory didn’t stay long in Waxhaw but quickly toured some of its business and stopped to speak with a few business owners in between posing for pictures and talking with Gardner, who led the tour.

From 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.,  McCrory and Gardner led members of the Office of the Governor, local elected officials and Waxhaw residents along various parts of Main Street.

“It’s a great thing for Union County,” Mayor Brad Horvath of Wesley Chapel.

Having the governor in Waxhaw is great exposure for the town and Union County and allows him to be more informed not only about Waxhaw but also other local towns like Wesley Chapel and others, he said.

“I hope he sees the importance of what we’re doing in Union County and the importance of small towns,” Rick Becker, Mayor of Mineral Springs, said.

Other local officials walking with McCrory included Mayor Elizabeth Long of Fairview, Mayor Michael Alvarez of Indian Trail, Commissioner Joyce Blythe and Mayor Pro Tem Erin Kirkpatrick of Waxhaw, state Sen. Tommy Tucker and state Rep. Dean Arp.

“It’s great for business,” Alan “Teelo” Teeling, who owns the Bike Dept in Waxhaw, said after McCrory stopped by during his tour.

In addition to speaking with Teelo and others at Bike Depot, McCrory stopped to pose for pictures on one of the business’ bikes.

“We think it’s one of the better things that’s happened in North Carolina,” Angie St. Gelais, a Weddington resident, who visited Waxhaw with her daughters Friday to meet McCrory, said.

She heard about McCrory coming to Union County and was glad to be able to see and meet him Friday afternoon. One topic she was interested in talking with him about were film incentives for the state. Her daughter’s Renee, 11, and Rachel, 9, got to speak a little with the governor Friday afternoon.

“I’m really excited, I never met someone who’s that important,” Rachel St. Gelais, Angie St. Gelais’ daughter, said.

Renee, St. Gelais’ other daughter, said she felt similarly.

Having the governor in town is not something that happens often but he was glad to see him include Waxhaw on his tour, John Page, a local resident said.

“I think it’s wonderful when he gets out and mingles with the people, it makes him feel real,” Peggy Page, another local resident and wife of John Page, said.