Huffman launches campaign for seat on Troutman Town Council
Special to SVLfreenews.com
Troutman Town Council member Janith "Jan" Huffman has filed to run for a council seat in the November 5 election.
Huffman was chosen by Troutman Council on January 10, 2019, to fill the unexpired term of James Troutman, who resigned due to a health issue. Sworn into office on January 15, she has participated in planning retreats, budget sessions, consultants and meetings with N.C. Department of Transportation representatives and Troutman citizens to discuss highway issues.
She is one of two candidates who have filed with the Iredell County Elections Office. The filing period ends at 12 noon on Friday, July 19.
Huffman sees controlling growth in housing and industry to be important issues for Troutman as residents strive to maintain the "small town feel." Job retention and creation are important so that residents can work and live in the same community, she said in a news release.
“A variety of housing is important to draw new residents with skills that attract companies and for aging citizens who wish to stay in Troutman," she said. "With careful planning and input from citizens like we saw during the Strategic Planning process, we can manage growth successfully. Growth supports existing local businesses and the Town’s tax base.”
Huffman said updating the town's aging infrastructure, sewer and streets is an ongoing challenge for town leaders.
"We have a plan in place for improvements to sewer and street repairs in this year’s budget,” she explained.
Another issue important to Huffman is partnering with Iredell County on recreation issues and the fairgrounds. She describes herself as a "problem solver" and said Troutman has a good group of Council members who work well together. She is happy to see additions to the ESC park.
Huffman was born in Catawba County. Her career includes working for Catawba County Government as Public Health Nurse Supervisor, County Personnel Director and PeopleSoft Administrator. She later worked for Cleveland County Public Health as Public Information Officer, Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator and Public Health Accreditation Coordinator.
She has a B.S. in Nursing from UNC – Chapel Hill and a Master of Public Administration from Appalachian State University.
Since 2013, Huffman has been a member of Falls Cove Property Owners Association Board and is now board president. Huffman served on the Troutman Board of Adjustment beginning in 2013 and most recently as chairman. In 2018, she was chosen Troutman Citizen of the Year.
She is an Iredell County Extension Master Gardner, serving as recording secretary and a member of Mooresville Lake Norman Newcomers Club. She is a Friend of J Hoyt Hayes Troutman Memorial Library.
She is married to Macon Huffman. They have a daughter, Alison Adams, son-in-law, David Adams and two grandsons. The Huffmans moved to Iredell County in 2011 after living in Georgia and South Carolina.