Justin Simpson

Q: What is your background, and what qualifies you to represent the people of Mount Pleasant?

A: It is my great honor and privilege to have represented and served the people of Mount Pleasant on the Board of Commissioners for the last four years. As a member of this incredible community for the past 22 years, I have seen us move from a struggling small town with only a history to a small town with a vision for the future. I received my bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a master’s degree in ministerial leadership from Southeastern University. I live on Main Street, and work full time as a youth pastor in Concord.

Q: What do you see as the issues facing Mount Pleasant right now?

A: The greatest issues facing our town are an aging infrastructure and a need to grow the tax base. The need for growth and economic development must be measured against keeping the small-town vision and character our community has cultivated since its inception. We must grow to meet the demands of a 21st-century world, but we must do so without compromising who we are as a community. Growing the right way will provide the tax revenue we need to replace an aging infrastructure and set us up for stability in the future while maintaining the small-town character and charm we were built upon.

Q: Why are you the best person for this office?

A: I believe that I represent both the legacy of Mount Pleasant as well as its future. In 2015, I said, “I am running because I want to see our town build on the legacy of our rich history, while responsibly growing and changing to meet the needs of our next generation.”

I hope to be the bridge that connects the rich history of my parents’ and grandparents’ generations to the vibrancy and vision of what’s next for our community. My experience on the board the past four years puts me in the best position to honor the past while embracing the future.

Q: What goals do you have for Mount Pleasant, if elected?

A: My main priorities for the next four years would be continued investment in the redevelopment of our downtown, developing and implementing an infrastructure improvement plan, managing strategic and incremental growth of our tax and population bases, and continuing to update and improve our comprehensive town plan. I would continue to work with town staff and community leaders to better serve everyone who calls Mount Pleasant home. We have accomplished a lot in the last four years, and I hope to continue what we started over the next term.

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