Kannapolis Councilman Kincaid to run for mayor
KANNAPOLIS — City Councilman Tom Kincaid says he plans to run for mayor this year.
Current Mayor Bob Misenheimer has said he won’t seek re-election after eight years in the office.
In a news release, Kincaid touted his experience in business.
“As a small business owner in Kannapolis for 20 years, I know the ups and the downs, and I know what it means to have people depending on you,” said Kincaid, who has served on the City Council since 2010. “I feel I have a lot to offer the citizens of Kannapolis.”
Kincaid, 60, is owner and administrator of Caremoor Retirement Center, which operates three properties in Kannapolis. He is also chairman of the board of Cabarrus Health Alliance, the county’s public health department.
Kincaid is also a past president of the Kannapolis Rotary Club, where he has held various offices and committee posts; was named a Paul Harris Fellow; and was a recipient of the 2011-2012 Distinguished Rotarian Award at Rotary’s annual District Conference. Kincaid is an elder at Bethpage Presbyterian Church, Kannapolis. He is a member of Fulton Masonic Lodge 99 A.F. & A.M., Salisbury, and of the Mecklenburg Shrine Club.
On the City Council, Kincaid serves as the city’s representative to the NCDOT Technical Advisory Committee, and has worked closely with the Kannapolis Education Foundation, his press release said.
Kincaid says he is ready to make difficult decisions that will benefit Kannapolis in the long run.
“We’re not going to wait for Washington, D.C., or Charlotte, or anywhere else to tell us how to run Kannapolis,” Kincaid says. “Local people should make the decisions that affect us.”
This includes making wise financial decisions, Kincaid says, especially by saving money where possible, and keeping the burden off the taxpayers of Kannapolis. His press release notes that during his time on the council, he has voted to work with the N.C. Department of Commerce to revitalize Kannapolis’ downtown and attract new businesses; supported the purchase of Rowan County’s interest in what is now CMC-NorthEast Stadium; and supported the sale of nearly 200 acres in Rowan County to an investor who will continue leasing it to a farming family.
As the city plans for economic recovery, Kincaid said, as mayor he would work for safe neighborhoods and ways to create jobs and opportunities for all residents.
“We’ve still got a lot of work to do,” Kincaid said in the press release. “For Kannapolis, the next five years are going to be critical.”
In his press release, Kincaid said he doesn’t consider himself a politician, but a “concerned citizen and business leader who wants to make a difference in his community.”
“By owing less debt, and by planning wisely, we will continue to grow this city,” he said, “and we’ll do it by never losing sight of the history, the culture, and the traditions that make Kannapolis the town we are proud to call home.”