If not you, who?
I often drive by Sally Fox Park in downtown Hickory. It's named after former Hickory City Council member Sally Fox, who served on the council for 20 years.
If you talk with Sally, you'll find she values her time on the council. She liked working for the "greater good" and enjoyed meeting people she says she never would have met.
Her public service path started with service on Hickory's Appearance Commission. That led to greater involvement in city matters and then running for council. She's proud of her contributions to create a more attractive Hickory and vibrant downtown.
If you talk with Charlotte Williams, another former elected official, you'll quickly learn that she relished her role as a member of the Hickory School Board. "I am privileged and proud to have served for eight years."
Williams is passionate about public education. One of her priorities as a board member was ensuring strong leadership, notably the selection of Superintendent Dr. Robbie Adell, and working to ensure diversity in both educational offerings and students.
Williams says, "One size does not fit all--and HPS recognized that fact as the district took measures to transform Hickory Career and Arts Magnet High School."
Did you know that these local offices--nonpartisan positions-- are on the ballot this November? In addition to openings on Hickory City Council and School Board, there are openings on Newton City Council, Maiden Town Council and Mayor, Newton-Conover School Board, Hickory Mayor, and more.
Check it out on the County website. See lower left corner and 2017 Elections.
We need candidates for these offices, especially candidates who share our values of inclusion, strong public education, and fairness.
I urge you to think about stepping up and running for office.
To learn what city council members and school board members do, save the date--May 8. Come to Dem HQ, 1612 Tate Blvd., Hickory, and 6 p.m. and meet Sally Fox and Charlotte Williams as well as current Newton City Council member Jody Dixon. They'll talk about what each office involves.
And while there's no such thing as a free lunch we'll have a light supper for all comers.
See you on May 8!
Chair, Catawba County Democratic Party