Letter to the editor: Former mayor voices support for Michael Johnson
To the EditorL
How very fortunate we are to have Michael Johnson running for Mayor to serve our community.
I completed my last two years as mayor as Michael started his first term on our city council and I quickly learned what a great asset Michael was for the city. A Statesville native with a chemistry degree and post-graduate course work from the University of South Carolina, Michael also holds contracting licenses in highway construction, public utilities construction, and housing construction. He has the knowledge to understand the many complicated issues facing our community and his ideas often save the taxpayers many dollars on construction projects; one example is the airport improvement when I served as Mayor. Our city council has elected Michael to five terms as mayor pro tempore.
While serving on city council, Michael has also served Statesville regionally as a member and past Chairman of the Lake Norman Regional Planning Organization (a regional advisory board for highway needs) and as a member and former Vice Chairman and three times as Chairman to Centralina Council of Governments (a regional organization providing technical support to local government on regional and public work issues). He also served as Chairman of the Iredell County Board of Adjustments and is currently representing our region (Iredell and eight other counties) on the N.C. Association of Region Councils of Government.
Michael is always prepared for our city council business, is an advocate for Statesville regionally, represents Statesville on highway planning, and somehow finds the time to teach the Senior Women Bible class at Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Statesville. Since serving on city council, I have participated on committees with Michael serving as chair. Michael excels as a chairman, always being prepared, ensuring that all have a voice, building consensus, and finalizing a plan with results.
From personal experience, I know that Michael as Mayor will accomplish great things for our community. He is the best choice to serve our community as Mayor. I am honored to support him and earnestly ask you to vote for him!
John E. Marshall