Tommy KincaidQ: What is your background, and what qualifies you to represent the people of Kannapolis?
A: I’ve been a part of the Kannapolis City Council during difficult times for this city, and I have worked with lawmakers of both parties at the local, state and federal levels to help Kannapolis grow and make sure we’re represented in Raleigh and Washington.
I have the experience and knowledge that we need now to continue fighting for Kannapolis.
Not only do I understand how local government works, but as the owner of a successful small business, I know the best ways to work with both small and big businesses to grow our economy without resorting to massive tax hikes or unnecessary regulations.
I’ve worked to build consensus as part of this council, but at the same time, I’ve held firmly to my standards of financial responsibility and smart growth while keeping taxes low.
Q: What do you see as the issues facing Kannapolis right now?
A: There’s a possibility of a recession in the next couple of years, and there’s a lot of uncertainty both at the national and the local level.
The 2008 financial crisis put a damper on a lot of the growth that was expected to come with the North Carolina Research Campus.
I want to make sure we’re hoping for the best but also making smart plans now so that our current efforts to revitalize the downtown and create jobs aren’t hindered.
We must keep our city safe, which means making sure our police and fire departments are adequately funded and trained.
We must create opportunities for young people and families. Many people talk about wanting new families to call Kannapolis home, but we also must do all we can for the families who have been here for generations.
Q: Why are you the best person for this office?
A: We need experienced, stable leadership to see our current projects through and make sure the city is on firm ground for the future.
I’ve helped make sure that those projects — from downtown redevelopment, to public safety, to small business growth — have been well-thought out and executed well by our leadership.
If re-elected, I will continue to work for the needs of the whole city, both now and in the future — not just a single issue or a single part of town.
Q: What goals do you have for Kannapolis, if elected?
A: Continue to identify reasonable opportunities for growth that attract more residents and businesses to our city.
See the current downtown projects through to successful completion so we can rebuild our tax base in ways that will help the whole city prosper.
Continue to support economic development by keeping taxes low and not only attracting new businesses but also supporting the businesses that are already in Kannapolis.
Make sure that when my last term as city councilman ends that I am leaving the city stronger and better prepared for the future than it was when I joined the council.