Gun control among issues in Morrisville mayor's race

Each candidate talked with ABC11 about how they each believe they can make a difference.
November 4, 2013 8:25:47 PM PST
A critical election in the Triangle pits three people vying to be the mayor of Morrisville, and the topic of gun control is taking center stage.

They each stepped away from the campaign trail long enough to talk with ABC11 about how they each believe they can make a difference.

"It's been an exciting four years," said Morrisville Mayor Jackie Holcombe.

Holcombe is running for re-election for the mayor of Morrisville. She's running against Councilman Mark Stohlman, and long-time Morrisville Dr. Narendra Singh.

"We really need a change in leadership," said Stohlman.

"In council meetings, I saw the council was fully divided." Said Singh.

The mayor believes she's done a good job.

"The town's financial position has improved over the last four years," said Holcombe. "Our bond rating has improved to the best available for a municipality and that's an AAA bond rating."

Holcombe wants to keep the pace going. One project at the forefront for her and her opponents is road congestion.

"People have to wait from 15 minutes to 30 minutes to get home and go to work," said Singh.

"My number one goal is to get a fix for Morrisville-Carpenter Road, which a nightmare every night," said Stohlman.

Holcombe says one possible resolution is in design. It's called the N.C. 54 Bypass, but it needs funding. She suggests pulling together volunteers to figure out the best way to fund transportation improvements.

The other two candidates say the issue is state roads, and the money needs to come from the top.

"We need to go and seek federal funds and DOT funds to take care of Morrisville Roads," said Singh.

"We need a leader that's not going to protest on Monday, then ask for money on Tuesday from the state," said Stohlman.

Stohlman was hinting at the mayor's recent push against North Carolina's new gun laws. The council recently had to change a gun ordinance to allow concealed carry on playgrounds and greenways, to comply with state law.

It's something the mayor says she will still fight as mayor.

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