WAXHAW – Bob Morgan said serving on the Waxhaw Planning Board on and off since 2010 separates him from the four other candidates running for Waxhaw mayor.
He also believes his experience as an attorney will give him an advantage if elected. Morgan worked in litigation in New York before moving to Waxhaw. The position allowed him to speak in public and represent clients. He no longer works in litigation but reviews software licensing contracts.
The most important part of strategic planning, according to Morgan, is hiring a new town manager who will stay in that position. He said there have been a few town managers in recent years, so he wants to pick the right person who will fix the town’s “broken” zoning code, bring in more commercial business and allow people to enjoy Waxhaw.
“I want to make sure we find the right manager and that town manager has to be passionate, strong and invested in the community,” Morgan said.
Though he and his wife set down roots in Waxhaw in 2009, he has made an effort to learn more about the town’s history since announcing his campaign. Morgan said he and so many others love Waxhaw because of its “small-town feel,” but since it is no longer a small town, he still hopes to preserve that atmosphere.
Morgan originally applied to fill a town commissioner vacancy left by Fred Burrell earlier this year, but the board opted to appoint Candace Definis. When Morgan found out that Mayor Stephen Maher would not run for re-election, he decided to run for mayor instead.
“I’m a humble, private person and I knew this would make me more public,” Morgan said. “So ever since then, I’ve been doing tons of self-reflection, self-analysis and self-improvement to get ready for the job of mayor. Because I don’t want to be Waxhaw mayor. I want to lead and serve as Waxhaw mayor. I think that makes me a little bit different from the other candidates.”