Weddington Mayoral Candidate-Stephanie Belcher

Who am I?
My name is Stephanie Belcher and I am running for Mayor of Weddington.  I am the mother of two wonderful teenage girls, a wife and business woman.  My family has lived in Weddington Hills for almost ten years.  My husband, Rick, teaches Chemistry and coaches soccer at Weddington High School.  My daughters, Victoria and Allison, attend WHS and WMS.
I grew up in a small town in Maryland that prided itself on community, schools and civic responsibility.  In fact, my first official volunteer job, when I was ten, was to raise and lower the American Flag for the community.
My entire family is actively involved in Weddington. You can find us on the fields at WCWAA, cheering on our schools, participating in scouts and supporting community events. We think that Weddington is a great place to live and are committed to its long-term success.

Why am I running?
I believe that Weddington’s next Mayor must be focused on creating a cooperative working relationship with the Council, County and community.  My goal would be to bring objectivity and consensus building to Weddington.  My motivation is simple; I want to see Weddington continue to be a great place to live, where we make smart decisions that are focused on public safety, bringing our community together and long range planning.  My business background, small-town roots, conservative values and community service provide the right combination of skills to be an effective Mayor.
I am not a professional campaigner or person looking for a political career; I am simply a Weddington resident that cares deeply about our town, who wants to safeguard our long term prosperity. I am running because I believe that if you want a say in how your town is run, then you must get involved.

My experience
I have been an active volunteer my entire life.  Locally, I have led a Girl Scout troop for the past 8 years, a member of Weddington Hills HOA and a parent volunteer at all of our schools. I am the current Chair of the Weddington Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and have been an active member for over 3 years.  During the time I have been on this Board, much has been accomplished:
• Routine litter sweeps,
• Annual town tree lighting
• Town supported festival, two years running
• First ever Easter Egg Hunt
• Float in the Waxhaw 4th of July Parade
• Personally led a Parks project to meet with area organizations to improve communication
• Community Web-Page that will be launched later this year
• Professionally, I have held various executive leadership positions over a 24+ year career in healthcare.
• Currently, Vice President of Payer Solutions at Enclarity, Inc., a data and software company.  Responsibilities include strategy, market analysis and business development.
• 20+ years of experience as a senior executive for CIGNA, BCBSNC, Horizon BCBSNJ. Specializing in operations, project management, product development, Six Sigma and IT.
• Numerous published articles and speaking engagements on healthcare data and trends.
• Member of the Board of Directors of the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange
• Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Delaware.

My beliefs about leadership, teamwork and the government
Leadership requires acting with integrity and leading by example.  Monday morning quarterbacking and negative public discourse do not enable effective leadership.  I believe that a leader must be positive, forward thinking and have the ability to look at all sides of an issue in order to make effective fact-based decisions.
Teamwork means finding common ground across all points of view.  If we start with good intent, take our time to thoroughly research the history and rationale behind an issue, the town can achieve consensus and find solutions that will benefit the majority.
As Abraham Lincoln said “The legitimate object of government, is to do for a community of people, whatever they need to have done, but cannot do, at all, or cannot, so well do, for themselves — in their separate, and individual capacities.  Town government is truly where the individual and the government meet.  It is where we expect our friends and neighbors to act with the best of intentions, not personal motivations.  We expect our leaders to deliver on public safety, sound financial management, infrastructure planning and to keep an eye on those activities that affect our prosperity and future growth.

Why this election is important
Weddington will have a new Mayor for the first time in eight years and at least one new council member.  Our community has the opportunity to determine the tone and tenor of how business is done. I encourage everyone to look at the issues, examine what the candidates have said and how they have helped our town and then decide how you want Weddington to be managed.
Specific to what I believe is important to Weddington and what every resident expects from its leaders, I support:
Public Safety First
Conservative Financial Management
Preserving our Rural Charm
Championing our Local Schools
Planning for the Future
Bringing the Community Together

As Mayor, I would continuously seek the community’s feedback and be our town’s chief advocate.  I want to see us maintain our small-town roots, high property values and low tax rate.  I would bring common sense-long range planning that is focused on preserving what attracts everyone to Weddington and act thoughtfully about how Weddington grows.

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