Three challengers will take on the incumbents for Mint Hill Hill Board of Commissioner in Tuesday’s election.

Lloyd Austin

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Q.  In your opinion, what makes you unique from the other candidates running for the same office?
I am a long time resident of Mint Hill and I am currently serving my fifth term as Mint Hill Town Commissioner. I have a strong sense of the needs of the citizens in the community. Living and working in Mint Hill, allows me the opportunity to talk with citizens on a daily basis. I also serve on the Centralina Council of government which is made up of elected officials of nine counties facing many of the same issues that we have here in Mint Hill.

Q.   Why did you choose to run for office?
I strongly care about the town of Mint Hill and its citizens and I want to continue to serve and help our town to grow in the direction that will benefit us all.

Q.   What is the most important issue you have on your agenda while running for office?
Making sure Mint Hill can continue to maintain the services we now provide and that the town can continue to operate with the high standards which we currently have, with no tax increase.

Carl Mickey Ellington

http://www.voteformickey.com/
Q.   In your opinion, what makes you unique from the other candidates running for the same office?
My lifelong commitment is to the Town of Mint Hill.  Including family ties that go back many generations.

Q. Why did you choose to run for office?
As a multi-term commissioner, I feel like there is still work yet to be done to make sure we have the best town in the state.

Q. What is the most important issue you have on your agenda while running for office?
The comprehensive land use plan, which will help us take a proactive approach to development in our town.

Dennis Green

http://greenslock.com/MintHill.aspx
Q.  In your opinion, what makes you unique from the other candidates running for the same office?
My experience working in local government for 18 years. So that gives me I guess a unique experience from the other side that the other candidates don’t have.

Q. Why did you choose to run for office?
I ran several times in the past. I just want to serve the community and help the community. I feel like some of the issues I’ve brought up in previous campaigns might not have  been done if not brought up by me. I brought up the issue about increasing the commercial and industrial and getting a better mix. Previously Mint Hill has been pretty much residential and the tax rates have been based on all residential and that’s really not a good thing—you need a mix. We’ve actually made some great progress I think the past couple of years. So I think it brings up issues even if I don’t get elected, but hopefully I can get elected. I think I got some new different ideas, different views looking at things, looking at the outside. I think it’s just time for some change.

Q.  What is the most important issue you have on your agenda while running for office?
The economy’s in bad shape, we really still need to continue on a path of a good diversity of a residential, business, commercial mix. The key is looking at economic development and continuing on that right path and getting a mix of businesses there so that our tax bases are stable.

Q. What would you do differently in the office you are running for than those already serving in the office?
I can’t really say exactly what I could do different. I know I’ve been there (at the meetings) and there’s been some votes where Tina (Ross) seems to be by herself out there. I think we’ve made some bad choices—that doesn’t make anybody up there (on the board) bad people, I’m certainly not saying that but maybe they’ve been there too long and we need to get new ideas in on these different issues.

Adam M. Kaplan

Electadamkaplan.com
Q. In your opinion, what makes you unique from the other candidates running for the same office?
I believe we are all focused on the best interests of Mint Hill, and that my contributions would complement my fellow board members.  I would bring a fresh perspective based on my life experiences, analytical thinking ability and advocacy skills.  I believe I can contribute productively to discussions about the future of our community; and that my unique experiences and skills would enhance those of the other board members.
By way of background, I have a law degree and a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering.  I worked full time for an international law firm while attending law school at night.  I also briefly lived in California and worked in the legal department of a Fortune 100 computer company, which was one of my clients.  After visiting Charlotte and Mint Hill in particular, my wife and I knew we wanted to raise our family here.  I am strongly committed to seeing Mint Hill remain a great place to live and raise a family, as my wife and I hope to still be here in 60 years.
If elected, I would be given only one vote, but our community would be given a fresh perspective and committed advocate.

Q. Why did you choose to run for office?
I choose to run for office because I see it as a way of giving something back to my community.  Mint Hill is growing, and we need a strong advocate for what is best for Mint Hill.  Working as an intellectual property attorney, I have developed analytical and advocacy skills that would be an asset to Mint Hill.  I hope to have the opportunity to use these skills for the benefit of our community.

Q.  What is the most important issue you have on your agenda while running for office?
The most important issues currently facing our community have a common denominator – growth.  While some of us would like the growth of Mint Hill to be minimal and others would like growth to be expansive, we must all accept that growth is inevitable.  Decisions made by our elected officials over the next 5-10 years are going to affect our lives, our children’s lives, and other investments in Mint Hill for decades to come.
I would address growth by taking a quality over quantity approach.  I would do my best to make sure our community’s development is smart, not just fast.  The growth in Mint Hill should be steady and calculated to improve our lifestyles and investments, not just increase the tax base.  I would try to ensure our infrastructure (roads, water services, sewer, etc.) grow proportionately with the commercial and residential construction. Similarly, Mint Hill’s growth will inevitably impose more responsibilities on our first responders.  If elected, I will strongly support our police department, fire department, emergency medical services, and other first responders.

Q.  What would you do differently in the office you are running for than those already serving in the office?
Mint Hill isn’t broken. My wife, Erica, and I moved here because we liked it, not because we wanted to change it.  We appreciate the quiet, friendly community and the proximity to shopping, arts, parks, and center-city Charlotte.  I want to preserve what is great about Mint Hill, and help guide decisions that keep it that way, while offering a fresh perspective and fostering quality economic development.  That balance can be hard to achieve, and I believe my background and professional experience make me ideally qualified.
I also hope to alleviate some of the workload born by many of those currently in office, and advocate, not just as a citizen, but also as an elected official, on our community’s behalf to those outside of Mint Hill.

Brenda McRae

(No Web site)

Q. In your opinion, what makes you unique from the other candidates running for the same office?
I am by no means “unique” but I do bring 35 plus years of business experience to the board.  I have worked as a bookkeeper, customer service representative, purchase agent, shipping manager and am currently the Operations Manager for a wealth management firm. I am a good listener, and a problem solver by nature. My business experience is useful in working with the town staff and the other commissioners to make Mint Hill a great place to live, work and play.

Q. Why did you choose to run for office?
For six years I was a reporter for a local weekly paper and I attended board meetings and wrote on local politics.  I researched issues that came before the board, and was given a great deal of knowledge about how local government works by town staff.  There was not a “hot button” issue that prompted me to run, I ran for office because I wanted to give back to Mint Hill and I believed that my experience made me a good candidate for the role of commissioner.

Q. What is the highest or most important issue you have on your agenda while running for office?
Growth is still a big issue for Mint Hill.  How do you balance the need to grow with the need to keep the small town feel that has drawn so many people to move here?  With the economic downturn we are experiencing right now, how do you stimulate growth in areas such as the downtown and make sure that it is high quality?

Q. What would you do differently in the office you are running for than those already serving in the office?
I think that the current Board of Commissioners is doing a good job leading Mint Hill into a bright future. We need to continue to listen to all of our citizens and to plan for the future.

Eric S. Random

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ericrandom
Q.  In your opinion, what makes you unique from the other candidates running for the same office?
I believe I bring a different and new perspective to the table that will allow having a new set of views in leadership.

Q.  Why did you choose to run for office?
I chose to run for office because I felt that we have missed out on many opportunities and unnecessarily spent funds that could have been put to better use. I feel that I would like to try and correct these types of issues going forward.

Q. What is the most important issue you have on your agenda while running for office?
I think the most important issue right now is the growth of our community. I think it is vital that we plan accordingly for not just what we have today, but for what we plan to have for years from now. Whether that is police and fire services, or water and sewer utilities, they all need to be examined and built accordingly.

Q. What would you do differently in the office you are running for than those already serving in the office?
I believe I would more closely oversee the budget and find a way to use the funds we currently collect in a more effective and efficient way.

Katrina (Tina) Weaver Ross
http://electrossforminthill.com/AboutTina.htm

Q. In your opinion, what makes you unique from the other candidates running for the same office?
I think the record will indicate that I am an independent thinker, someone who appreciates diverse input, and that I have a willingness to evaluate positions other than my own.

Q.  Why did you choose to run for office?
My family has a history of public service and I am proud to continue that legacy. As a teacher in the public schools and as a dedicated community volunteer, I have been able to fulfill my desire to give back to my fellow citizens. Serving as an elected official has allowed me to raise my level of community service to an even higher level. I enjoy helping other people and solving problems, and serving as an elected official allows me to do both. Choosing to run again for commissioner will provide me with the opportunity to continue to provide service to my community.

Q.  What is the most important issue you have on your agenda while running for office?
I do not have a personal agenda; my desire is to provide the best possible government for the citizens of Mint Hill.