Election day is Tuesday. We’ve got some decisions to make. The voters of Southern Pines have a choice between four different candidates for TWO SEATS on the town council.
I am familiar with three of the four running: Mitch Lancaster, Carol Haney and Marsh Smith.
Marsh Smith seems to be on the ballot every two years. He comes up short every time, too. Smith is a proud liberal who wants to work some of that liberal magic on town government. In past races, Smith has embraced the platform of The Sierra Club — which would mean more regulations and costs for town residents and businesses. Marsh needs to maintain his status as an Oh-fer.
Carol Haney has been quite a force for good in Southern Pines. She worked side by side with her late husband Mike, a former mayor and councilmember, for years to do a lot of good for the town. Although I disagree with her on some political issues, she’s had a positive impact on Southern Pines during her short tenure on the council. She needs four more years.
Mitch Lancaster would bring the perspective of a young working parent and entrepreneur to the council dais. He is a community-minded guy who can regularly be found out there giving his time and talent to good causes. As a small businessman in the community, he’s sure to make a positive impact on the effort to keep Southern Pines a great place to live, do business and raise a family. He needs your vote on Tuesday.