There will be some new faces on the Troutman Town Board after the Nov. 5 elections.While Mayor Elbert Richardson is not up for re-election this year, the terms for three of the other five town board members are, and two of them (Mayor Pro Tem Mike Spath and alderman Curt Rogers) have decided not to run again. That leaves Jason Major, one of the board’s newer members, as the only incumbent on the ballot.The field of candidates seeking four-year terms in the three available at-large posts includes several newcomers to the Troutman political scene.Here’s a look at each of the candidates: Jason Major, 37, is married and has been a town alderman since 2011. He is employed as department manager of loss prevention by Lowe’s Home Improvements. He views the “crumbling infrastructure” in Troutman as the town’s most pressing issue.“Forty percent of our water meters are 20 years old or older,” he cites as an example. “We need to treat the town as a business and our residents as our customers.” Major recently initiated a monthly business spotlight at town board meetings that focuses on a local retailer or businessperson. Breanna Bardburn, 25, is single and is the youngest candidate seeking office in Troutman this year. The California native is a real estate agent with Royal Properties in Troutman and owns Christal Clean. She views generating community involvement as the biggest challenge facing the Town Board members.“I feel the residents need a board member who has the best interest of the town as a whole in mind. I want to be the missing link connecting residents with the governmental side of the town they live in.” Shawn Eckles, 32, is single and runs his own marketing firm, E-Marketing. He sees resource management, community building and traffic control as the major issues facing the town. “Our greatest resource is our talented residents. Troutman needs community activities that will bring our talented residents together so that they join forces and create our own industries and businesses, employing our own residents.” Paul Henkel, 65 and married, previously served on the Town Board and is on the Planning Board and Technical Review Committee. Henkel cites his years of governmental experience as a major plus in comparison to the other candidates. Like Major, he also has concerns about the town infrastructure. “We need to engage in a renewed focus on our roads, utilities and town-owned buildings to ensure adequate maintenance, upgrading and replacement as needed. We also need to focus on smart growth as the town gets larger.” Teross Young, 43 and married, is an executive with Delhaize America, the parent company of Food Lion. Young says he loves Troutman’s small-town feel and that the Town Board must be careful about future growth.“We are part of the Charlotte region and people want to live here. So we have to be intentional about how we manage the growth and development that comes with being connected to a large city.” He advocates that the town maintain a sense of community. Sally Williams, 61 and married, is a retired teacher. An active fundraiser for the town’s new municipal park, she sees growth and traffic as the major issues in Troutman.“Having lived here all my life, I feel like I can help with the growth of the town but still keep the small-town feel.”Voting is from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, at regular polling places; early voting at the Board of Elections in Statesville runs from Thursday, Oct. 17, through 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2. For information on where to vote, call the Iredell County Board of Elections: 704-878-3140.
Monday, Oct. 07, 2013
Nov. elections bring new faces to Troutman board
Dave Vieser is a freelance writer for Lake Norman News. Have a story idea for Dave? Email him at email@example.com.
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