I am a resident of Hickory for over 20 years. Myself and my fiance of over 11 years are raising our two children in this wonderful city. Although, this is a great city, it does have issues. The issues we face as a city include retaining and recruiting young working people to our city, admitting the opioid epidemic is a real threat in our area and combating this issue head on as a health issue and not a criminal justice issue, and unequal representation in our city government.
“I understand the need for a widening of Hwy 321 in our city and in our ward but I also don't think that we need to demolish local business'. We need to make sure that ALL of our roads are well paved to provide our citizens with a pleasurable driving experience as well as for visitors of our city. Providing work for our citizens through infrastructure renovations is a key to happy citizens.”
“I believe that we can help business' within our city limits by providing them with a business tax deduction schedule, giving business' the opportunity to get a discount on City of Hickory taxes if they pay them within a certain set schedule. This is one way to encourage small business' to get started and stay in Hickory.”
“I am a strong supporter of responsible development. By responsible development I am talking about spreading our bond money and tax money on ALL parts of our city, including the neighborhoods of our most vulnerable citizens. When presented with budgets and spending initiatives for the city, our current City Council asks no questions and goes along with the status quo. This is needs to change.”
“I am running to represent a city that is currently undergoing one of our toughest problems yet. The opioid epidemic. I believe that this is an issue of health rather than an issue of criminal justice. Our city leadership are actually in denial of this issue, which in my eyes is unacceptable. Our emergency personnel are dealing with more overdoses and our families are losing loved ones. We must act”
Candidate Meet & Greet
This is an opportunity for a public meet and greet with City of Hickory City Council challenger in Ward 5, Matthew Maulding. Light food and drinks will be available. Come and go as you please. Bring a neighbor! It is important in our local elections to get to know the candidates fighting to represent you. Come by and let Matthew introduce himself to you and tell him how you would like to see Hickory move forward. Remember, a representative is in place to hear his constituents out and speak to how they want to be represented, not for them to pursue their on personal agenda.
Paid for by Matthew for Alderman