Addul AliQ: What is your background, and what qualifies you to represent the people of Kannapolis?
A: I stand and fight for the same American values as the citizens of this city. I believe that my experience as a United States Army soldier, as a small-business owner, while serving in leadership on multiple nonprofit boards and commissions, along with my history of community service, qualifies me to represent the people of Kannapolis.
Q: What do you see as the issues facing Kannapolis right now?
A: I believe it’s less about what I see as an issue and what the people see as issues.
I’ve been speaking with hundreds and hundreds of residents who feel that the understaffed police department is a major area of concern.
I’ve also heard that the high tax rate and the need for affordable housing are important, and I would definitely work to address those issues in a practical and expedient manner.
Q: Why are you the best person for this office?
A: I believe that my passion, my work ethic, my thirst for knowledge, my critical-thinking skills, my unique life experiences, my ability to build relationships and the desire I have to see that we build the best Kannapolis for all of us is what makes me worthy of the voters’ trust.
Q: What goals do you have for Kannapolis, if elected?
A: If elected, I would like to work with the other members of City Council and staff to fully staff our police department, ensure more transparency by working to see that our City Council meetings are broadcast via social media as well as working to address affordable housing and easing the tax burden on our citizens.