Candidates run unopposed in Kittrell
KITTRELL — Four candidates in Tuesday’s election for Kittrell are all running unopposed.
Up for a third two-year term as mayor is Jerry Joyner. Commissioners Jason Green, Betsy Simpson and Susan Pulley are also on the ballot.
Pulley did not respond to requests for comments in this story.
Joyner, 53, is a graduate of Appalachian State and has worked for Nortel, the Research Triangle Institute and several advertising agencies. He desires partnership with area municipalities.
“We’ve been able to keep tax increases from happening in the town despite having less revenue,” Joyner said. “We’d like to get some properties cleaned up and work on abandoned properties.”
He added that cooperative efforts utilizing Job Corps students could develop into new programs reaching out to assist elderly residents. Joyner sees opportunity as more growth comes to the southern areas of Vance County, including the Kittrell area.
“I try my best to respond to the needs and wants of the community,” Joyner said.
Jason Green was appointed to fill the term of Jack Ball, who moved to another state about a year ago. He said he’s familiar with the routine and wants to keep helping the town leadership work toward common goals.
“I want to serve the community in any way I can,” Green said. “I was appointed by the commission, and they asked me to serve again.”
Green, 29, is a Northern Vance High School 2002 graduate and first responder with the Kittrell Volunteer Fire Department. He is employed by Buffaloe Milling.
Betsy Simpson is seeking a third two-year term. She said she sees hope for growth.
“I was a registered nurse, and am retired now,” Simpson said. “We have made a little progress, a couple of new stores, and we are looking forward to more. We have not raised the taxes, and that’s important.”
Polls open at 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday and close at 7:30 p.m.
Contact the writer at email@example.com.