Houston enters race for Ward 4 seat on Statesville City Council
FROM STAFF REPORTS
Former mayoral candidate and local business owner Kyle Houston announced his campaign for the Ward 4 seat on Statesville City Council on Tuesday afternoon.
Houston, who finished third in the 2017 mayoral race, is seeking the council seat currently held by Michael Johnson. Two other candidates have also entered the Ward 4 race.
The filing period for this fall's municipal elections ends at noon on Friday, July 19.
Here is Houston's announcement:
Today, I officially filed to run for the Ward 4 seat on Statesville City Council. I am currently the principal agent and an owner of Allstate: Houston Insurance Agency in Statesville. I serve on the board of directors for three local organizations, Greater Statesville Rotary Club (President), Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce, and Performing Arts Live of Iredell (Vice Chair).
I was born in Statesville and have lived in Statesville most of my life, but I have also had the privilege of experiencing life in other cities in North Carolina (Sylva, Matthews, Charlotte, and Brevard). I am a graduate of David W. Butler High School of Matthews and I attended UNC Charlotte to study political science and economics from 2008-2013.
Our Insurance agency employs 10 residents of Statesville, and we are actively engaged in reinvesting our resources back into this community through volunteer efforts and charitable contributions. Some of our noteworthy causes since opening in January of 2017 have been:
► Sponsoring a Career Academy & Technical School scholarship;
► Donations to the family of a local shooting victim;
► Statesville Professional Firefighters Association;
► Performing Arts Live of Iredell; and
► Donating to and volunteering with G4G Ministries and Fifth Street Ministries to provide free hot meals to the community.
Many people may recall my run as a candidate for mayor for the City of Statesville in 2017. Two years later, very little has changed on the Statesville City Council after only three seats were flipped during that same election in 2017.
Statesville continues to have a crime rate that is 37 percent higher than the national average, household income 38 percent lower than the national average, unemployment 87 percent higher than the national average, and city schools that produce test scores 25 percent below the national average.
A little over a year and a half ago, I experienced firsthand what violent crime feels like when a friend of mine, my sister, and I were victims of a home invasion at my home on Davie Avenue. I have seen firsthand how families struggle financially as they struggle to pay their insurance bills. I have watched as local businesses, such as our mall, have struggled to maintain relevancy in a booming economy.
These issues, and more, are why I have once again decided to run for a city office. Our city desperately needs new ideas, and pragmatic leadership. With that, my campaign will focus on several key points:
► Incentivizing businesses that can pay living wages to open locations in Statesville;
► Disincentivizing business property owners that leave their properties vacant or in disrepair;
► Pro-active measures utilizing modern technology to reduce crimes, such as theft, vandalism, and other violent crimes;
► Increased transparency within City Council;
► Loosening regulations and restrictions on private property owners who which to improve and modernize private property;
► Expanding high speed broadband access to all residents within city limits at reasonable costs; and
► Improving our local school system and encourage more students to attend a technical school to fill immediate job needs within our community
I believe that Statesville has many positive things to offer, and I believe that we can be leaders in the State to finally live up to the idea that we are the “Crossroads to the Future.” Please consider supporting Kyle Houston for City Council, Ward 4 Seat.