5 are vying for 2 seats on the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners | News

LINCOLN COUNTY — The race for Lincoln County commissioners is heating up and highly competitive with five Republican candidates vying for two open seats on the board. Bud Cesena and Milton Sigmon are seeking a second term. Glenn Fiscus and Tim Holder raced in 2020 and returned to this race. Jamie Lineberger rounds out the five.

Bud Cesena

Beginning her public service career in 1976 as a member of the Charlotte Police Department, Cesena has held many positions during my 30 years in the police service.

“My last seven years have been spent in emergency management, building and renovating police buildings and doing special projects for the chief, deputy chief and city manager,” he said. declared. “After leaving the police department, I became deputy chief and then chief of the CMS School Police Department.”

After retiring from CMS, Cesena became CEO of Landmark Security and was appointed by Senator Tillis to the North Carolina Private Protective Services Board. He is now chairman of the board.

“This is my first attempt at re-election,” he said. “I feel like this council has accomplished a lot in the three years I’ve been there. We built a new courthouse, increased water and sewer capacity, provided much-needed equipment and staff to the sheriff’s office, and in the coming budget year we will finalize projects such as prison expansion, airport expansion and a 175 acre recreational facility on King Wilkinson Road.

This board funded individual ChromeBooks for our Lincoln County students, added Cesena, and gave teachers a boost to their supplement. More recently, the board moved $1.6 million to fund fund increases and bonuses that the state did not cover.

“I am proud to say that we have not approved any additional housing developments because our traffic patterns cannot handle them,” he said. “We have taken steps in the UDO to ensure that growth will be curbed until the traffic issues can be resolved. Updating the UDO is especially important to me, as well as establishing a stormwater ordinance for areas in Lincoln County that need it to control runoff and pollution. I would like to see a new sheriff’s range that will also allow public access. I would like to see the results of the library survey and, if necessary, build a new library that also incorporates a senior center. I did not vote for any tax increase and this year the tax rate will remain the same. I expect to have a revenue-neutral budget once the reassessment is complete. I have been responsive and approachable to all good people in Lincoln County and look forward to serving another four year term.

Milton Sigmon

A permanent resident of Lincoln County, except while in the military. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting. He retired from owning a John Deere dealership in the county.

“My life has been about business and that’s my background,” he said. “I’ve always loved farming, it’s a hobby, but you have to take advantage of it. I am very involved in the church. I was elected to the Board of County Commissioners four years ago and have had the privilege of serving the people during those years and have seen a lot of progress.

The reason Sigmon is running for re-election is “simple.”

“The council has made tremendous progress,” he said. “The new courthouse is almost complete. The Administration Building, 911 Center, Senior Center, West Lincoln Library, and Citizens Center were renovated. We have seen so many completed projects. Our sheriff’s office is the best in the state for equipment and weapons. There’s a lot more to come.

Sigmon voted to increase the property tax last year because he said all the projects that have been completed have been paid for.

“We wouldn’t have been able to finish these projects and pay for them if we hadn’t had the little tax increase,” he said. “People say, ‘well, we have a reassessment coming up.’ We’re counting on that for 2023, and it’s probably going to be a substantial increase in property, but that said, the tax rate will be reduced, so people won’t be paying much more tax then because we will lower the tax. It’s like a business, you can’t be successful in business unless you invest. We’ve invested in the future of the county and we’ve done it very well. We’ve had a good management team.

The airport is a project that Sigmon is excited about, and he hopes it will lead to more industrial development.

“We no longer have land ready for a big development,” he said. “We have to prepare some. The airport is a great opportunity for us. There will be hangars built by individuals who will bring business jets. This does not increase your infrastructure needs, but it is taxable income. I also lobbied for a large sports complex in the county. It’s one of the 10 most sought-after things by industries: a sports complex.

Sigmon said it was a pleasure to serve the entire county because he is not an east Lincoln person, he serves the entire county.

Tim Holder

Holder is a permanent resident of Denver outside of his college years at Chapel Hill.

“I spent the first 20 years of my career as an executive at EnergyUnited and was very involved in helping the communities we serve grow,” he said. “In 2018, I took an opportunity at a renewable energy-focused start-up where I serve my current role as SVP Development. I also own a local business in Denver with my brother called Purr Powersports & Performance that provides a sales and repair service to the powersports industry primarily focused on personal watercraft.

Holder said he “threw my hat in the ring for the first time in the last election cycle by finishing just short of winning a seat. Its areas of intervention have not changed. These areas are Economic Development – Improving Lincoln County’s tax base through industrial growth.

Infrastructure – Ensure water and sewer infrastructure is aligned with future county growth.

Transportation – Work with the NCDOT to resolve traffic issues throughout the county.

“These areas are extremely important,” he said. “I decided to run again basically because nothing has changed in the past two years to fix traffic or our lack of water and sewer infrastructure. These are critical issues we face as the county continues to grow. The only thing that has changed in the past two years is that the current Board of Trustees approved a tax increase for Lincoln County citizens knowing that there was an upcoming property reassessment that will have significant impact on Lincoln County residents and businesses. Additionally, this was done knowing that the county had a fund balance well over $30 million.

Jamie Lineberger

A resident of Lincoln County since 2010, Lineberger’s wife, Jessica, is a lifelong resident of Lincoln County. They have an 8-year-old daughter who attends school in the Lincoln County Public School System.

“Although I grew up in neighboring Gaston County, I always had family members living in Lincoln County,” he said. “My goal in becoming County Commissioner is to make Lincoln County a better place for present and future generations in a Christian, conservative, and consistent way. Other words used to describe me include leader, loyal and trustworthy. »

After studying engineering technology and graduating from Gaston College, Lineberger began his career with a family construction company. For the past 13 years, he has been employed at a local construction company where he holds multiple contractor licenses in four states.

“My 18 years of construction experience, strong work ethic, desire to solve problems and dedication have equipped me with the tools, knowledge, management and leadership skills necessary to be a commissioner of prosperous county,” he said. “I enjoy spending time with family and friends, participating in church activities, attending local high school sporting events, serving on the Lincoln County Republican Party Executive Committee, supporting or coaching one of the sporting my daughter and hunting.”

The county’s infrastructure and growth issues will be two of Lineberger’s top priorities as its experience aligns with these issues. Other notable priorities include county tax rates, the education system, and public health and safety.

“I seek to educate myself while listening to citizens’ concerns and issues while treating everyone in the best possible way,” he said. “I promise to stay focused, to listen, to stay humble and honest, and to make informed decisions in the best interests of the county.”

Glenn Fiscus did not respond to multiple requests for information.

Early voting locations include the Board of Elections office on Salem Church Road in Lincolnton, Lentz Gym at Betty Ross Park in Lincolnton, West Lincoln Library in Vale, and East Lincoln Community Center on Optimist Club Road. Voting hours at the four locations are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Primary Election Day is Tuesday, May 17.

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