MEET THE CANDIDATES: Statesville City Council Ward 1

  

Pictured above: Statesville City Council ward one candidates Tim Dearman, Mark Kleinhenz, Chris Lamberth, and Tammy Wyatt – Submitted Photos

Statesville, N.C. (WSIC NEWS) – WSIC is surveying local candidates ahead of the 2019 municipal elections. All candidates were sent the same survey. Answers from Statesville ward one candidates appear below. WSIC will host a LIVE forum for ward one candidates Friday, September 6 at 11 a.m.  Questions for candidates can be submitted to news@wsicweb.com.

Tim Dearman

What political party are you affiliated with?

Unaffiliated and this is a nonpartisan race.

Why are you running for this position?

To continue a lifetime of service to Statesville.

What qualifies you for this role?

Leadership experience, management experience, education, training, longevity in Ward 1, and a record of outstanding service to Statesville. I was co-chair of both successful All-America City awards, Chamber Citizen of the Year, Statesville High School Volunteer of the Year, Chair or President of Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Development Corp., Greater Statesville Rotary, Mitchell Community College, Fifth Street Shelters, and much more.

What changes would you make if elected?

I would bring progress back to the City of Progress and ensure open meetings.

What issues/problems do you notice and how are you going to address them?

A lack of planning for essential capital needs. Address them by using 30 years of budget experience.

What are some of the beneficial/positive things you notice and how are you going to maintain/improve them?

Statesville has a great location and plenty of water and sewer capacity to accommodate growth.

Why should voters choose you?

The strongest resume of community service, leadership, local knowledge and Ward 1 residency.

What are some of your main goals/objectives you hope to accomplish if you’re elected to this position?

Putting progress back into the City of Progress.

Have you ever held any position(s) before in public office? If so, what position(s) and when?

No.

In the community where you are running, what are your favorite activities/things to enjoy?

Walking the dog, golf, reading and family.

Compare and contrast yourself to your opponent(s).

In comparison, we are all God’s children.


David Jones

What political party are you affiliated with?

City Council is a nonpartisan position; I am a registered democrat.

Why are you running for this position?

To provide leadership, knowledge and common sense.

What qualifies you for this role?

I am a retired Army Colonel with 27 years of leadership experience with three successful combat tours in the Middle East while serving in key leadership positions. Currently I am the broker owner of a successful real estate firm in Statesville for the last 12 years. I have a master’s degree in strategic planning from the United States Army War College; the focus of this degree is on using the whole of government at the national level to achieve the nation’s goals and objectives. This knowledge and principals are the same for governance at the local level.

What changes would you make if elected?

I will provide new leadership and common sense that is focused on bringing economic growth to Statesville for the benefit of the citizens while keeping public safety as a top priority.

What issues/problems do you notice and how are you going to address them?

The actions of this city council has embraced our city at the State and National level while discussing the same problems that were identified numerous years ago with little to no positive action. I am going to address these issues by providing leadership and common sense to gain consensus among other city council members to make a positive change for the benefit of the citizens of Statesville.

What are some of the beneficial/positive things you notice and how are you going to maintain/improve them?

Statesville is a great place to live and work and raise a family. The city is well located in the central part of the state with great infrastructure in and around it. The City has strong industries that operate here now; we as a community need to continue to support those industries while looking for opportunity to bring new industries to Statesville with the goal of raising the household median income level.

Why should voters choose you?

I have a proven track record of leadership, and the skills and knowledge to represent Ward 1 and the citizens of Statesville.

What are some of your main goals/objectives you hope to accomplish if you’re elected to this position?

Change the negative image of this community, while focused on positive initiatives the city council can put in place that create positive returns for the citizens of Statesville. Maintaining public safety where the city’s employees are operating at a high level of performance and improve public safety where operations and equipment shortfalls need to be addressed or improved. Economic growth in all sectors, industrial, commercial, and retail, that will have a positive impact on raising the household median income, improve public services while maintaining a low tax rate.

Have you ever held any position(s) before in public office? If so, what position(s) and when?

I have never run for public office since I was serving in some captivity in the armed forces, either active Army or the North Carolina Army National Guard, from 1988 to 2017.

In the community where you are running, what are your favorite activities/things to enjoy?

I was born and raised in Statesville and I have raised my three of my sons in Statesville as well. Being active with my children through school activities, sports programs, fishing and hunting is what I have enjoyed the most. I love being an active member in the First Presbyterian Church and all the different agencies that our congregation touches throughout this community.

Compare and contrast yourself to your opponent(s).

I do not know the other candidates that are running for the Ward 1 seat; however I do respect the fact they are willing to run and make a change.


Mark W. Kleinhenz

What political party are you affiliated with?

Registered Republican

Why are you running for this position?

My strong and diverse business background at Lowe’s Corporate (11 years), and running my own consulting company (7 years), will serve me well in being an effective leader when connecting with businesses seeking to create a home base in Statesville.  For the past 28+ years, I have also served my country in the United States Navy both on Active Duty and as a Reservist.  I have strived to serve with honor, and earned the rank of Captain.  I feel called to continue to serve my community in the same manner in which I have served my country.  I will actively participate and lead initiatives to improve the same city where my family lives, works and plays.  Our family has lived in Statesville for 19 years and it has earned our collective hearts.  As your City Councilman, I want to work together with YOU and your families to improve and enhance our community.

What qualifies you for this role?

Leadership, Common Sense and Drive to make Statesville better tomorrow than it is today.  Over the past 28 years, as a Supply Corps Officer in the Navy, as a Merchandising Executive at Lowe’s and running my own consulting company (MWK & Associates), I have amassed excellent experience in the core functions expected of a city councilman.  I will work with fellow Council members to pass smart municipal ordinances, budgets, and make appropriations, to appoint and approve key city positions and compensation decisions for city employees.  All of these functions I have been involved with or led in my previous roles.  I feel confident that I will do a great job for the City of Statesville and our citizens.

What changes would you make if elected?

I will help to lead and vote for initiatives that will focus on and position Statesville for growth.  I want to represent a city that I know wants to actively become a place where new businesses and families want to locate.  I will work with my constituents and fellow council members to actively pursue and create jobs to bolster the economic development of Statesville.  I will work to bring forth COMMON SENSE solutions.

What issues/problems do you notice and how are you going to address them?

I notice that in the past members of Council have had conflicting interests here in the city – owning property, benefiting from voting on issues that might benefit themselves, their friends, their families or their businesses.  I own a home in Ward 1.  I own and rent my old home in Ward 2.  Beyond that, I have NO personal monetary interests or ties to any projects, buildings, land or businesses here in Statesville.  MWK & Associates is engaged in Retail Consulting and resides / operates in Statesville.

There are NO conflicts that I can envision with a position on the City Council where I will have to recuse myself.  Additionally, and I hope this is not lost on the voters, I will actively work – to fill the void after this election – to represent Statesville in Raleigh and Washington DC to bring in business opportunities that will create jobs and bolster the economic development of Statesville.

What are some of the beneficial/positive things you notice and how are you going to maintain/improve them?  Have you been downtown lately? 

I am downtown all the time!  I bank downtown, get my haircut downtown, eat, shop and socialize downtown.  I am always VERY proud to take our out of town guest to see and experience Statesville’s downtown!  It took vision and diligence to make our street scape a reality.  Store fronts are full.  Now, people go downtown to eat, socialize and shop!  We need to continue to work hard to maintain the current “vibe”!

Why should voters choose you?

I have lived in Statesville for 19 years.  So, I am neither a “Newbie” to Statesville nor am as they say “Old Statesville”.  I believe that will help me bring an appreciation of Statesville and its history, while also bringing a new perspective to the role.  Voters should consider me because I have been successful in accomplishing goals my entire life and have demonstrated sustained, superior performance that I will in turn bring to my duties as a Councilman.  Other reasons to choose me:

  • I am an Eagle Scout and for the last 11+ years I have been an Assistant Scoutmaster at Troop 348.
  • I graduated from The Citadel where I learned the valued ideals of leadership, honor and commitment.
  • I still serve our country as the Reserve Commanding Officer of Fleet Logistics Center – Bahrain where I lead 85+ officers and sailors in providing excellent gaining command support to the 5thFleet AOR.
  • I doubled support to the gaining command in the past 1.5 years by thinking outside of the box and “marketing” our unit to other Navy Reservists throughout the country!I will not be mobilized as a Reservist between now and my retirement date.
  • Lisa and I have volunteered at the USO Charlotte Airport for the past 9 years.
  • I will lead by example.
  • I will serve with honor.
  • I will make decisions in the best interest of Ward 1 and the city of Statesville.

What are some of your main goals/objectives you hope to accomplish if you’re elected to this position? 

  • Bring civility in working WITH city employees / leaders on projects and decisions.
  • Actively work with other council members to achieve the best solutions for Statesville.
  • I will work hard to support our police department, fire department and justice system
  • I will strive to improve recreational opportunities for the citizens of Statesville
  • I will work tirelessly to ensure Statesville remains the vibrant heart of our community

Have you ever held any position(s) before in public office? If so, what position(s) and when?

I – like I believe everyone running for this seat – have not been elected to any public office.  Help me make my third time a charm!

In the community where you are running, what are your favorite activities/things to enjoy?

We focus most of our time on improving our home, supporting our children and enjoying the company of good friends!  We enjoy going downtown regularly.  While I am a member of First Baptist Church of Statesville, in the last few years we are have enjoyed “visiting” other churches, meeting old friends and making new friends.

Compare and contrast yourself to your opponent(s).

No one else running for Ward 1 has stepped up to run for City Council in the past. This is my 3rd attempt to win a seat on the Statesville City Council.  I have not been afraid to run against incumbents and I look forward to running against a solid group of candidates this time!

  • I ran 6 years ago against Mr. Johnson (7 term incumbent) in Ward 2 when I lived in Ward 2.
  • I ran 4 years ago against Mr. West (incumbent) after I moved to Ward 1.
  • I filed on Day 1 – again!  I did not wait until the final 2 days to actually file to run.  I knew I was running and did not need any additional time to see who was throwing their name in to the hat before I decided I was running.

I do not anticipate ever having a reason to recuse myself from a vote!  I fear others running could have future conflicts:  I am not a current Iredell County employee…  I – nor does my family – have any ownership / personal interest in property (like our “Small Mall”) where a vote may come before the Council in the future…  I hope my fellow members of Ward 1 will vote for me to represent them as their member of the City Council.   Thank you!  MWK


Chris Lamberth

What political party are you affiliated with?

Republican

Why are you running for this position?

I want to see the City of Statesville become what it has potential to become while using the taxpayer’s money appropriately.  I am tired of seeing money spent on wants instead of needs.

What qualifies you for this role?

I am already a public servant of nearly thirteen years.  I interact with people on a daily basis in our community and listen to what they have to say.  I feel that the position of councilman is a position of public service which requires one to listen and speak for the people that they represent.

What changes would you make if elected, and what issues/problems do you notice and how are you going to address them?

I would aid in the change of non-sense spending.  Money and time would be directed to the things that will bring economic development to the city.  I would like to see the sanitation fee repealed.  The roads in the outlying parts of the City are deteriorating.  Money needs to be directed to maintain infrastructure (NEED).  The City needs to be marketed to bring in potential industrial investors.  We need high paying industrial jobs, not high-density residential zones.

What are some of the beneficial/positive things you notice and how are you going to maintain/improve them, and why should voters choose you?

I see that more folks are getting out and getting educated on the issues within our city.  I will be open and honest on what I believe and how I feel things need to be done.  I will listen to what the people have to say and also be open to what they have to say.  I will do everything in my power to ensure that the people of this city get what they are paying for.

What are some of your main goals/objectives you hope to accomplish if you’re elected to this position?

I want to see an economic development plan in place that has short, and long-term goals.  We need to ensure that our business parks and future industrial sites meets the needs of potential investors in our community.

The wants of few should not dictate the needs of many.  We have got to focus on the needs of the City and not the wants of a few in certain areas.  When you live on a budget and get the idea to go on a big family vacation to some big dreamland resort in Florida, you do not just forego paying bills and utilities and take off.  You make rational decisions about it and start putting money to the side to pay for the vacation down the road, while maintaining your budget and normal life operations at home.  The same needs to be done in the City.  We have got to stop financing everything.

The city needs an equipment replacement schedule.  We have vehicles that are over twenty years old that are still being used to service our city.  I understand that some things last longer than others, and that is even more of a reason to have a schedule of replacement.  Having this schedule will allow us to budget money appropriately for new equipment when it comes due for replacement.

Have you ever held any position(s) before in public office? If so, what position(s) and when?

I have never held a public office before, but I do work for someone who does.

In the community where you are running, what are your favorite activities/things to enjoy?

We have the soccer complex and the rec center within walking distance of our neighborhood.  I enjoy taking my daughter to the waterpark in the summertime and kicking the soccer ball around with my son as well.  I have also attended a couple events held at the Statesville Country Club and I enjoyed those as well.

Compare and contrast yourself to your opponent(s).

I am sure that each of us that are seeking office have certain qualities and experience that the others do not.  That is what makes life great.  I am certain that the five of us that are running will agree on some things and disagree on others.  Rest assured, I will stand by my beliefs and morals when making decisions for the city.


Tammy Wyatt

Your name and the position you’re running for?

Tammy Wyatt for City Council Ward 1

What political party are you affiliated with?

Republican Party

Why are you running for this position?

As a native of Statesville, I want to do my part to keep Statesville a great place to work, a wonderful place to live and raise families, and contribute to the success of this great city. Being on the city council is a great way to provide sustenance to the continued expansion of my hometown.  Together we can make it better!  Your voice matters, and I will gladly represent your voice for Ward 1.

What qualifies you for this role?

My decades of experience in business management and organizational leadership have tuned me in the economic needs, expansion capabilities, and potential for this great city. A lifetime of business, finance management, customer service, retail and my own business have provided me with the skills and experience I feel will be useful at city council and serving our community. With many years of volunteering, I have played a significant role in the enrichment of youth values via church youth group leader, The Girl Scouts of America being a leader of four troops simultaneously, and actively participating in church.

What changes would you make if elected?

If elected I would like to see items on the agenda be more of an open forum to promote citizen engagement and allow the community to voice its opinions and concerns. Then use the information collected to find solutions for improvement. Often decisions have been made that do not reflect the majority of our community.

What issues/problems do you notice and how are you going to address them?

Issues that need to be addressed: Economic Vitality, which would provide employment opportunities that give a better quality of life for our citizens, revision of outdated city ordinances.  Symbiotically initiate economic development.  Further strengthen our current economic balance with local entrepreneurs and expand their opportunities.  Avoid negligence spending of taxpayers’ money, I will personally ensure that every taxpayers dollar sees its value when placing my vote.  In regard to the Flag, I personally say LET IT FLY!  Antiquated city ordinances should not be a restriction on patriotism, nor prevent the capability to acquire new lucrative businesses to our city. More emphasis needs to be placed on the East Broad Street

What are some of the beneficial/positive things you notice and how are you going to maintain/improve them?

Downtown Statesville is flourishing with new unique and exciting businesses. The downtown events are a communal gathering for all cultures.  It gives me great satisfaction to see the citizens coming together, volunteers helping, people relaxing and having a great time.  A downtown that is thriving is a marketable tool that will appeal to commercial endeavors seeking new locations for their operations.

Why should voters choose you?

If you want someone who is not afraid of hard work, someone who is committed to represent your voice, and will go that extra mile than I am the choice for a better future. Your voice matters! A fresh perspective may provide new approaches to help resolve issues.

What are some of your main goals/objectives you hope to accomplish if you’re elected to this position?

If elected I plan to be instrumental in business expansion which will promote more employment opportunities, continued support of local businesses, avoid negligence of taxpayers’ money, and work to improve outdated ordinances that prohibit the appeal for economic growth.

Have you ever held any position(s) before in public office? If so, what position(s) and when?

While I have not officially held a position in public office, I am currently a public official appointed by the NC Secretary of State as a Notary Public.

In the community where you are running, what are your favorite activities/things to enjoy?

My Favorite Activities: In downtown Statesville would be Friday after Five, Pumpkin Festival, Art Crawl, Holiday Shop and Stroll and after partaking in these activities dine at one of the wonderful restaurants. In my community I enjoy walking and/or riding bikes on the green way. You will find me often spending time with my grandchildren at the Statesville Soccer Park, playing Bingo at the Statesville Fitness Center, and taking a dip at the Statesville Leisure Pool. The Balloon Fest is definitely one of my favorite events to enjoy with my family. I enjoy volunteering for various local organizations and helping out in my own neighborhood!

Compare and contrast yourself to your opponent(s).

While I am not extremely familiar with all my opponents running for Ward 1, I feel that each one possesses great character traits, and only want a better future for the City of Statesville like myself. My diverse background and vast experience in communal and financial leadership make me an obvious contender for Ward 1 City Council.

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