Forums provide opportunity to learn more about candidates in mayor, council races

Posted at 12:36 PM on Sep 4, 2017

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BY MELISSA NEADER

I am often asked, "Why do you care what goes on in the city of you don’t live there?"

To that question, I usually answer: "We are close neighbors and my address says Statesville, too."

Not only is that our address, but we also work inside the city limits, have family and friends who live in the city, and we shop, eat, and go to events in the city. Plus, we care about folks in the city.

What happens in the city can affect Iredell County residents and what happens in the county can affect city residents. We all live in Iredell County.

Statesville is our county seat, and decisions made by elected officials impact many lives inside and outside the lines on a map. We are all one community. When that community comes together to be informed, grow, encourage, and support one another, that address we see on our mail is more than just our home. It is part of the roots that make the tree of life in Statesville strong and able to withstand the strong winds of difficulty and allow us all to flourish!

I am proud to be a member of Elmwood Strong, nonprofit group located in eastern Statesville. We've joined with Statesville Free News and the Statesville Professional Fire Fighters Association to sponsor two candidates forums for candidates for Statesville City Council mayor because we care deeply about what happens in our community.

We hope everyone is paying attention to these races, because the decisions made during the next four years by those who are elected will affect all of us. We hope you will attend one or both of the forums at the Unity Center (1155 Salisbury Road, Statesville):

• Thursday, September 7, 6 p.m. -- Candidates for Wards 2, 3 and 5 on the City Council and Mayor; and
Friday, September 8, 6 p.m. -- Candidates for two At-Large City Council seats

Voter turnout is generally low in municipal elections that do not coincide with county, state and federal eletions. Please take this opportunity to learn about these candidates, make sure you are registered, and then vote.

Melissa Neader is the president of Elmwood Strong.

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