Christopher GordonQ: What is your background, and what qualifies you to represent the people of Kannapolis?
A: What qualifies me the most is that I’m a native of Kannapolis.
I grew up here watching both of my grandparents work in Cannon Mills. I went to school here — a graduate of Northwest Cabarrus High School — and I’m now raising my own family here.
The people of Kannapolis are my neighbors, my friends and my family.
I know what the needs are of our citizens. I know the kind of lives that they want to lead and what they expect from their elected officials because I am one of them.
Q: What do you see as the issues facing Kannapolis right now?
A: Kannapolis is a city on the rise, and like all growing cities, there are issues that will come with that growth.
The biggest concern for me is public safety. I want to ensure that as our city grows, our crime rate stays low.
I intend to do this by ensuring that all of our first responders are afforded the necessary equipment and manpower needed to keep our streets safe as our population increases in the coming years.
Our downtown is currently experiencing a huge revitalization.
While I fully support the work we are doing, I want to maintain as much of our city’s character and history as feasibly possible.
We cannot forget who we are and where we came from.
We have a rich history here that needs to be celebrated through all of our revitalization efforts.
Q: Why are you the best person for this office?
A: I bring a very diverse background to the Kannapolis City Council.
I have managed and owned construction companies that worked directly with HUD to create safe and affordable housing in cities across the state.
I have worked in the sports and entertainment industry as a race car driver and a consultant for Fox Sports.
I now work in marketing, designing and managing brand experiences for multiple Fortune 500 companies all around the world as well as owning my own design studio here in Kannapolis.
This life experience has afforded me the opportunity to work with people from many different walks of life other than my own. It allows me to view issues from various perspectives and understand the needs and wants of others regardless of economic or social standing.
It also allows me an understanding of what businesses, both big and small, need to be successful and how we, as a city, can help them to achieve goals that will reap benefits for everyone.
Q: What goals do you have for Kannapolis, if elected?
A: If elected, I would work to ensure our first responders have the necessary tools and manpower to keep our streets safe as our population continues to grow.
I would also work to ensure that with this growth we are maintaining as much of Kannapolis’ history, character and charm as possible.
We need economic growth — new businesses and local businesses setting up shop here. This will not only generate jobs and opportunities for our citizens but also revenue for our city. This added revenue will in turn allow us to keep the city tax rate low and fees where they are.
As a resident of Kannapolis, the last thing I want is higher taxes and more fees.