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Pittsboro Municipal Candidate Profiles

Candidate for MAYOR: Jim Nass

Have you run for office before?
Yes

If Yes, what office?
Mayor

Please enter your website and/or Facebook URL.
My Facebook page is Jim Nass

What is your preferred campaign email address?
jwnass@icloud.com

What is your political affiliation?
Unaffiliated

Who are you?
I grew up in Denver Colorado and graduated from the University of Denver. I worked nights and went to school during the day. After graduation I served as an executive at the US Postal Service regional office in Denver, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles and as Director of Delivery and Retail for the nation in Washington, DC. After I retired, I formed a consulting group focusing on development at some of the largest corporations in the US and development of cyber security products and services. My wife and I decided to move to Pittsboro years ago after a visit where we fell in love with this amazing little town. I volunteered for a wide variety of activities in support of the town culminating in becoming Mayor two years ago. I believe that we can do almost anything when united and can fail when divided.

Why are you seeking this office?
I ran for election as Mayor two years ago because I was concerned about the deplorable state of Town Management and serious staff issues. In addition, I wanted to provide the leadership to unclog the cycle of bureaucracy that our water and sewer issues were caught up in. These were long standing problems that had not been properly addressed previously. These and many other issues have been addressed and we are well on our way to implementing solutions that will serve the citizens of Pittsboro for many years to come. I am running for re-election because these solutions are in hand and ready for implementation.

And our affordable housing ordinance is ready to be implemented. I have provided the leadership to solve these long standing issues and can insure they will be implemented properly. Great plans fall apart if not implemented properly.

What will you do for the citizens of Pittsboro if you are elected?
I will continue to provide the necessary leadership to provide an atmosphere where all points of view are taken seriously with respect for differing opinions without rancor and division. I will ensure that our most at need citizens are being well served by the town. I will work tirelessly for affordable housing and I will welcome all new members of our Pittsboro family.

In 2011 you ran for Mayor and lost a close race. You were appointed to chair the ABC Board in 2012. Later you were appointed to co-chair the Additional Elements committee for the Master Plan approval of Chatham Park as well as the Affordable Housing Committee in Pittsboro. You were endorsed by Mayor Perry and ran unopposed in 2019. Covid-19 has severely impacted your term by curtailing all normal community and government activities. In light of this and the fact that former Mayor Perry appears to be better known in Pittsboro, how do you intend to reach voters with your message during the campaign and if you are re-elected the citizens and stakeholders of Pittsboro?
Obviously Covid has changed the way that the Mayor and Town Commissioners have been able to interact with the citizens of our town. However, I have been able to communicate with our citizens via zoom and more recently with attendance at public gatherings such as Arts in the Park, ribbon cuttings, and PepperFest. I will be participating in candidate forums. I see the role of Mayor as working closely with the Commissioners and town staff, but also representing the values and ethos of this amazing place we call home. We are all family and we are welcoming new member to our family every week. I will see to it that every person who resides in Pittsboro is valued and treasured.

Candidate for MAYOR: Cindy S. Perry

Have you run for office before?
Yes

If Yes, what office?
Offices Held and Run for: Mayor of Pittsboro: Two Terms, 2015 and 2017 and ran for Chatham County Board of Education: Late 1970’s

Please enter your website and/or Facebook URL.
Facebook: Cindy Perry for Mayor 2021

What is your preferred campaign email address?
cindyperryformayor@gmail.com
Phone Number: 336-675-2822

What is your political affiliation?
The post of Mayor is non-partisan. I am an active Democrat.

Who are you?
I am Cindy Perry, Mayor of Pittsboro from 2015–2019. As an attorney, I have the expertise to research, lead and guide critical issues. I have lived in Pittsboro/Chatham nearly 40 years and raised my three children here. I know and care about the people, communities and concerns. I served on numerous County Boards and Commissions: Board of Elections, Planning Board, Girl Scout Council; Water Quality Committee/Water Quality Task Force, Family Violence and Rape Crisis Board and Second Bloom Board. As a member of the Society of Friends (Quakers), I bring an honest, diplomatic and determined voice to local government.

Why are you seeking this office?
I am seeking this office because I care deeply about the Town of Pittsboro and its people. Pittsboro is grappling with growth issues around infrastructure, water quality, environmental concerns and affordable housing. These issues require strong leadership and diplomacy. I am confident that my experience and spirit of cooperation will help Pittsboro thrive.

What will you do for the citizens of Pittsboro if elected:
I will continue to be a visible, active and enthusiastic Mayor for our Town. I will communicate directly with concerned citizens by holding office hours at Town Hall, inside or outside, as I did previously. I will serve as a role model for the young people of our community, engaging with Scout Troops and community groups, inviting them to join in ceremonies and activities for our community, and encouraging them to consider how they can help make Pittsboro a kind and caring place to live and work. I will lead our Town in a fair and equitable policy regarding race, gender and equal opportunity.

Why did you endorse Jim Nass in 2019 to run for your seat when you stepped down after two terms and why are you now running to replace Mayor Nass?
During my terms as Mayor, Jim Nass served as Chair of our Additional Elements Task Force. In 2019 I was pleased he was interested in running for Mayor so that I could move to other community work, such as Second Bloom, our domestic violence agency. In recent months, numerous citizens urged me to run again. I realized that I genuinely missed my work as Mayor.

I am now ready to return to local government and will work diligently on vital issues such as communications, infrastructure, climate and health, especially water quality.

Candidate for Commissioner: Pamela Baldwin

Have you ever run for office before?
Yes

If yes, what office?
Pittsboro Town Commissioner

Please enter your website and/or Facebook URL.
N/A

What is your preferred campaign email address?
Annbald2@centurylink.net

What is your political affiliation?
Democrat

Who are you?
Currently, Pittsboro Town Commissioner and Mayor Pro-Tem. Initially, I was elected as Town Commissioner in 2005 and have been re-elected and have continuously served in that capacity since Member of the Chatham County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee, Pittsboro Affordable Housing Task Force served as a member of the TJCOG Legislative Committee, served as an officer on the Chatham County Fair Association, and the Pittsboro YMCA.

Why are you seeking this office?
To continue and complete the work on behalf of the Town of Pittsboro and its citizens in order that Pittsboro is a place to thrive and excel for all its citizens and by the recruitment of good paying jobs, the development of workforce and affordable housing, a resolution to drinking water concerns, and to enhance and achieve community interaction among others.

What will you do for the citizens of Pittsboro if elected?
Represent the Town of Pittsboro, listen to citizens’ viewpoints, concerns and issues, recommendations and take the appropriate action accordingly. Represent Pittsboro to the best of my ability.

Candidate for Commissioner: Michael A Fiocco

Have you ever run for office before?
Yes

If yes, what office?
Pittsboro Board of Commissioners

Please enter your website and/or Facebook URL.
None

What is your preferred campaign email address?
michael@mafiocco.com
919-542-7079

What is your political affiliation?
Unaffiliated

Who are you?
I’m a person who believes in fairness, personal rights and opportunity for all. I’m a person who understands that challenges large and small present themselves daily and they are opportunities for growth and fulfillment. I’m a person who believes in teamwork and collaboration. I’m a person who understands disagreements will occur, but that they need not lead to conflict. I’m a person who believes commitments are important to be honored. I’m a person who understands it is important to listen carefully and to seek opportunities to learn and grow. I’m a person who embraces and appreciates diversity in thought and perspective. I’m a person who believes change is healthy. I’m a person who
understands relationships matter. I’m a person who believes community is hard work.

Why are you seeking this office?
I’ve served the people of Pittsboro for 12 years as Commissioner and have been encouraged by constituents to continue to represent them. I am willing and able to continue to serve if chosen to do so.

What will you do for the citizens of Pittsboro if elected?
I will continue my work to advocate for a community that serves and provides opportunities for its citizens and visitors alike based on inclusivity and an eye for long-term smart growth and prosperity. I will continue to advocate for investment in water, sewer and broadband infrastructure which are indispensable components for smart growth of community and opportunity for citizens to raise families and grow businesses. Small businesses are the local fabric of a small town and are critical to an economy based upon relationships and not only bottom lines.

A small business owner myself, I appreciate the demands of businesses who serve their fellow citizens
and the fabric and character of place.

I will continue to push for a regulatory environment that allows for greater diversity of housing stock at varying price points to enable more choices for residents of varying means to live, work, and play within Pittsboro.

Candidate for Commissioner: William James Vose Jr “James”

Have you ever run for office before?
I have not.

Please enter your website and/or Facebook URL.
www.GoVose.info

What is your preferred campaign email address?
VoteVose2021@gmail.com
919-642-3819

What is your political affiliation?
Unaffiliated

Who are you?
Who am I: A veteran and small business owner, James has been a Chatham County resident for over 20 years.

Now 46, he grew up in New Hampshire, and enlisted in the Army Reserves when he was a high school junior. He completed Basic Training that same summer, and then attended the Navy’s Seabee School in Mississippi once he graduated from high school. After leaving the Army in 2000, he started his own small business here in North Carolina.

Since 2001, James has been in the countertop business and owns/operates Vose Natural Stone, Inc. With his two sons, James has remained active in the Pittsboro & Chatham communities, from the YMCA’s Y-guides program (such as preparing meals for storm victims) or with other organizations (Waylon is a student in the Chatham County schools; William is now a Second Lieutenant in the US Army Reserves & a laboratory manager at a local biotech company).

Why are you seeking this office?
Water – James intends to further and support Cindy Perry’s efforts of building an upstream coalition of municipalities and citizens on either side of the Haw River, from Pittsboro – Greensboro. With the belief that it will take a groundswell of pressure, from private citizens, businesses, non-profits & other coalitions to have Greensboro fully realize the impact of continued polluting.

Development – For or against, development is here. James will build partnerships with developers, citizens & local business owners to continue to make Pittsboro a destination for home owners and visitors alike.

Flavor – Our citizens and businesses give Pittsboro a unique charm. To preserve that intangible feeling, we must work to protect existing residents and businesses. James believes that more can be done to hear and address their concerns before rising tax rates push the very people that made Pittsboro a town that we love are forced to find other places to call home.

What will you do for the citizens of Pittsboro if elected?
What will I do for the citizens of Pittsboro if elected: When traveling to destination cities like Asheville and Boone, it’s easy to notice places like The Mast General Store, art galleries, quaint main streets with boutiques, and music venues. James has a vision for Pittsboro that includes more Mast and less REI. Our community has an abundance of talent, from the arts to casual and even fine dining with room for so much more to come. James will work to attract these types of businesses to Pittsboro.

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All five campaigns filed a “certification of threshold” with the local Chatham County Board of Elections
that the campaigns would not raise or spend over $1,000. If a campaign goes over the $1,000 amount,
they are required to amend their threshold certification with the Board of Elections. The Vose campaign
indicated that it will likely surpass the $1,000 threshold.

Campaign finance reports are due on October 25, 2021.

In addition, a local PAC or political action committee filed with the Board of Elections called the “Friends
of Baldwin, Fiocco & Nass” and can be emailed at friendsofbaldwinfioccoanass@gmail.com. Its treasurer is
William R. Russell of Pittsboro.