By Michele Dotson firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Jeff Tarte (R-Mecklenburg) addressed the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce at its regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Thursday, October 24 at Pine Lake Country Club. Tarte spent about 20 minutes touching on a variety of topics, including the 2011 Reevaluation Bill, North Carolina’s ability to attract new businesses, term limits, and the airport authority.
Tarte, who was given the highest rating for a freshman senator by The North Carolina Free Enterprise Foundation, found his way into public office at the urging of his grandfather who told him to go out and do something about the things he didn’t like.
“My grandfather said not to complain if I wasn’t willing to be part of the solution,” says Tarte.
The 2011 Reevaluation Bill is an example of one of the things Tarte says he’s proud to have had a hand in.
“I’m most proud about how we passed it,” says Tarte. “We must be concerned about the process and how we involve the public.”
The lack of public input and transparency regarding the airport authority issue is case in point.
“Authority is absolutely the right thing to do,” says Tarte. “The first time I saw anything to do with this was at 11:30 pm before the vote. We hadn’t engaged the public.”
Regarding term limits, Tarte speaks for himself when he says, “My goal his eight to twelve years. There’s enough time and energy to get some things accomplished.”
Above all, Tarte wants constituents to know he’d like to hear from them.
“I do have my priorities, but if lots of constituents say we want it this way, as long as it doesn’t violate a core moral or value, I will listen,” he says.
Tarte ended by saying he wished more people would be part of the process.
“Don’t be afraid to say hello and engage your elected official,” he says. “We are there to help.”
In other business:
- The Chamber announced its three new Ambassadors for this year: Nate Huggins, from Blessed Assurance Adult Day Care, Tony Long from Mint Hill Tool Rental, and Financial Planner, John Hurst.
- Four new businesses became official members of the Chamber: Cynthia Richardson Carr of OPTICS International, Hal Queen, owner of Chick-fil-A on Albemarle Road, Tara Goodfellow from Athena Educational Consultants, and Heather Mills and Scott Beck from Carolina Education Center.
- A raffle was held for door prizes, including table centerpieces from Abby Rose Florist, a pen provided by Novant Health, a weekend’s car rental from Toyota Rent a Car, and cupcakes provided by Daphne’s Bakery.
- Novant Health will have its Festival of Trees lighting on November 21 from 5:30-7:30 pm at Novant Health Matthews Medical Center located at 1500 Matthews Township Parkway.
PHOTOS BY MICHELE DOTSON
chamber 1: Senator Jeff Tarte fields questions after his lunch-time presentation at the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce meeting. Tarte spoke for about 20 minutes and spent time afterwards talking with visitors and answering questions.
chamber 2: New Chamber members from Optics International and Carolina Education Center show off their membership plaques after the November 24 Chamber meeting at Pine Lake Country Club.