Barbara StrangQ: What is your background, and what qualifies you to represent the people of Concord?
A: I have spent over 15 years in the criminal justice system in various roles.
Currently, I work for Wells Fargo as an AML/sanctions risk officer in the Transaction Fraud Risk and Intelligence Group.
I also hold a Juris Doctorate degree and, while attending law school, I was selected to participate in the National Negotiations Competition held at William and Mary Law School.
I am also a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and have bachelor’s degrees in both criminal justice and political science.
While attending UNCC, I served as a North Carolina Student Legislature delegate. In this capacity, I drafted and presented two House of Representatives bills in Raleigh dealing with child welfare and police safety, two issues very important in our community.
I feel that my professional and educational background, as well as my understanding of laws and policies, will be an asset for the citizens of Concord.
Q: What do you see as the issues facing Concord right now?
A: Concord is continually growing, and we need to ensure that this growth causes as little impact as possible on the quality of life of our citizens.
We need to proactively address our city’s infrastructure needs.
I feel that the city of Concord needs to work closely with our school board, county officials and state officials to ensure all aspects of growth are examined before approving new development.
Roads, schools and waste management resources, as well as expanding our transportation alternatives must be considered.
Q: Why are you the best person for this office?
A: As a community leader in Concord for over 15 years, I have led and been involved in a multitude of community organizations, activities and initiatives.
I am a Guardian ad Litem for Judicial District 19A; the founder and president of the Winecoff Neighborhood Association; a former National Night Out chairperson, an organization that raises community crime-prevention awareness; aided in the implementation of the Project SAFE program; and one of the former chairpersons of the Jimmy Murphey Christmas Program that provided Christmas meals and gifts for those less fortunate in our community; as well as a member of the PTO/PTA for over seven years at Northwest Cabarrus Middle and Winecoff Elementary schools.
I also served as assistant scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 221 for seven years.
All of these groups have led to a better Concord for those who reside and visit here.
I am a strong advocate for our community who believes Concord is a great place to work, live and play in and will work tirelessly to ensure Concord will remain the best place to live and raise our families for generations to come.
Q: What goals do you have for Concord, if elected?
A: My No. 1 goal is to be there for all citizens of Concord by listening to their concerns and working with them to create solutions that address issues in their communities.
I plan to explore options that will better our city, including grant opportunities provided by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development to enrich our neighborhoods.
I also plan to promote economic development more closely aligned with our small-town community values by supporting existing businesses and by encouraging economic diversity in new businesses.
I will partner with residents, neighborhood groups and community organizations to continue improving our police-community relations and to strengthen communication to ensure that all members of the public are informed.
Finally, with the city of Concord becoming one of the most rapidly growing cities in the South, I plan to build on my current relationships with members of the NCDOT and North Carolina state officials to advocate for our city and to ensure responsible growth in Concord.
I feel that my relationships combined with my educational and professional experience will be a beneficial asset to the city of Concord.