Foster launches bid for Ward 6 seat on Statesville City Council
FROM STAFF REPORTS
Frederick Foster has launched his candidacy for the Ward 6 seat on the Statesville City Council.
A graduate of Statesville High School, Foster attended a criminal justice program at Shaw University and completed the Basic Law Enforcement Training program at Mitchell Community College. He worked as a full-time police officer in nearby Cleveland for nine years.
Foster, who has served on the Statesville Stormwater Advisory Commission, filed paperwork on Friday to seek the seat currently held by Keith Williams.
Filing for municipal elections runs through noon on Friday, July 19.
Here's is Foster's announcement:
I am running for a seat on the Statesville City Council in order to help improve the quality of life for citizens of Ward 6 and the City of Statesville as a whole. I feel that I am capable of working with the current council to find ways of lowering utility rates and bringing better paying jobs to our city. I have lived in Ward 6 most of my life, and I love the community and wish to see it grow and prosper. I have seen businesses leave the area and how it has impacted the community. Our community is comprised of great people who wish to see an improvement in the quality of their lives.
I consider the lack of jobs and a need to reconsider the idea of spending money on projects that may not bring any revenue to help lower taxes for citizens to be two issues that are a cause for concern.
Our citizens are in need of employment that will allow them to better provide for themselves and their families. To be underemployed and finding difficulty paying utilities can be a point of stress for many members of our community.
Our community needs someone who knows and understands them well. Most of all, they need a representative who will listen and act. It is easier for one to know the severity of a situation when he or she is confronted with the situation on a daily basis. I recognize that there is a need within our ward, and I want the people to know that I do not take the situation lightly. The citizens of Ward 6 deserve to have a representative who knows their plight and has their best interests at heart.