Andy LangfordQ: What is your background, and what qualifies you to represent the people of Concord?
A: I love Concord. After serving as pastor of Concord’s second-oldest congregation for 15 years, my wife, Sally, and I chose to retire in one of the best places to live in our nation — Concord.
I have been a resident of Concord for 17 years. I know many of the founding families of our community, the numerous folks behind the scenes who made this town great and a wide variety of new residents who are enriching our town. I can represent all people in our community.
I have studied and written about the history of Concord, the opportunities met, and the challenges on the horizon.
I have the knowledge, background and passion to ensure that Concord continues to be a wonderful place to live, work and play.
Q: What do you see as the issues facing Concord right now?
A: Rapid population growth and the resulting challenges is issue No. 1.
Concord is expected to grow by 50 percent in the next few years.
While we are blessed to be growing, this growth affects our roads, homes, schools, utilities, landfill and recycling, public safety and more.
Our City Council must make wise decisions for the future success of Concord’s transportation, housing, parks and greenways, job development and public services.
Q: Why are you the best person for this office?
A: I bring knowledge, experience and passion.
I have read every major history of our town. I have led and participated in over 30 nonprofit organizations in our town, as well as Downtown Development, the chamber of commerce and major health studies.
My efforts have given me a holistic understanding of our city.
I am politically independent. Instead of party or self-interest, I put Concord first.
I am accessible by email and phone, transparent in decision- making and committed to listening to all voices.
Q: What goals do you have for Concord, if elected?
A: Concord is the No. 1 place to live in North Carolina.
My goal is to make Concord the No. 1 city anywhere in which to live, work and play.
My approach will be to listen, study and lead, listen to all voices, study issues in depth and then make hard decisions that are best for everyone.
One goal is to do no harm to the positive leadership already established in our city for many years.
Our politicians, business leaders, professionals, public employees, communities of faith, nonprofit organizations and all the other citizens of our community are already working together to solve our challenges.
I know them. They support me. Such common effort must continue.
Check out my webpage for more: www.electandylangford.com.