Election Day is upon us and it is time to head to the polls. Here are some suggestions for Cornelius based on the methodology outlined in my upcoming column from this week's Herald Weekly. Be sure to check that out on Thursday.
Cornelius is fortunate to have a solid Board and a solid list of candidates. With only six candidates and just one open seat on the Board, it is guaranteed there will be a number of familiar faces on the Board after Election Day.
Commissioner Dave Gilroy should be at the top of your list. He has been a stalwart on the Board for years ensuring the town maintains low taxes and avoids bad decisions. (i.e. Mi-Connection, I77 HOT lanes). More than maybe any other elected official in North Mecklenburg, Gilroy is unafraid to speak his mind, ask hard questions, and hold your government accountable at any level.
Also on your list should be Dr Mike Miltich.
Miltich narrowly missed making the Board last time falling just 138 votes short.
A few months later, Miltich should have been selected as the replacement for John Bradford when Bradford stepped down from the Board to run for the legislature. That would have been the right thing to do, but unfortunately in a divided decision someone who did not even run for office was selected.
Dr Mike showing the fortitude to run again in the face of that kind of "politics" is admirable. Plus, he is a committed opponent of the I77 toll project.
As for Mayor, voters should consider leaving this race blank or writing in someone else. As a founding member of the HOT Lanes Bucket Brigade and appointee to the NC Turnpike Authority, Mayor Chuck Travis is fully committed to bringing tolls to the area.
That alone should make it hard for many in Cornelius to pull the lever for him in this uncontested race.
Just my 2 cents...