Stallings Town Council Candidate-Ira Bostic

To the residents of Stallings, N.C.,
My name is Ira Bostic, and I am a candidate for the Stallings Town Council seat in District 5.

Who am I?
I grew up in Greenwood, SC, and was educated in Greenwood County schools, graduating from Greenwood High School in 1958. I received my BA degree from Lander University in 1962. I moved to Charlotte, NC in 1970 and to Union County in 1986. I have been a resident of Stallings since 2005, residing in Forest Park. I am divorced, and have two sons and one granddaughter.
Occupation/relevant work history:
I am semi-retired after spending 45 years in the plastics and chemical processing machinery industry. I served as Vice President of Leesona Corporation, Warwick, RI, President of Extrusion Systems & Designs, Charlotte, NC, Vice President of R&S Textile Machinery, Charlotte, NC, and President of HGB corporation, Stallings, NC. I presently do consulting work for financial institutions on collateral evaluations of industrial manufacturing systems.
In the Community:
Being semi-retired has allowed me to take an active interest in Stallings and Union County, My desire to see Stallings achieve its potential and community vision drives my involvement in a variety of civic, religious and service organizations including:
• Member of Indian Trail Lions Club
• Vice chairman of Stallings Transportation Advisory Committee
• Member of Matthews & Stallings Comprehensive Transportation Plan Task Group(CTP)
• Past Board Member of Union County Community Shelter
• Participated in Project 365 Program and Extreme Home Makeover projects in Spring Hill
• Member of Stallings United Methodist Church, serving on the Administrative Board, Trustee, Coordinator of Administration, and various other ministries.
• Prior elected office: None
Why am I running for Stallings Town Council?
I believe this is an important election for Stallings because of the trying times facing our town, surrounding communities, region and state. All government entities in NC are competing for decreasing revenues. It is imperative that Stallings do its best to take advantage of all funds available from local, state and federal governments. Even more important is the effective allocation of our available resources.
It is also incumbent on all Stallings leaders to advocate for county policy to ensure that Stallings receives a fair share of water and sewer capacity.
Without adequate utilities we cannot recruit new businesses or retain existing local companies when they cannot expand for lack of resources from the town.
If elected I will use my business background to foster new business creation, promote job growth, and recruit new businesses to Stallings, including a significant business marketing program for the town. We must be aware of our growth needs. If we do not grow our business base we are not going to be able to sustain our people.
Another important goal for the Stallings Town Council is to promote our town by working with other cities, counties, and state and federal representatives. We must not take a backseat to surrounding cities or organizations. The reputation of Stallings can be improved with a focused effort.
I believe that I can bring the experience, leadership skills and commitment gained from 45 years in business and industry to assist in taking our great community into the future. Stallings will be experiencing some of the biggest challenges ever encountered in the next five to ten years. New roads, including the Monroe Bypass, widening of Old Monroe Road, revitalization of the Hwy. 74 corridor and the extension of McKee Road are some examples of projects that will change the face of the town and surrounding communities.
Stallings has experienced unprecedented growth from the years 2000 to 2010. This has stretched resources and brought about changes in public safety needs. We must provide ongoing support to the revitalized Stallings Police Department in order for it to continue as a pinnacle in service, efficiency, training, technology and professionalism. By the same token we must support our fire department and emergency medical services in order for those departments to meet the challenges of the next decade.
I am asking Stallings voters for the opportunity to serve and contribute to our town. My goal is a financially secure town with a prosperous and safe environment that doesn’t become challenged as so many other cities and towns are experiencing.
Your vote and support on Nov. 8th is sincerely appreciated.
Ira T. Bostic

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