Honeycutt runs for 1st political office

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 6, 2013

SALISBURY — Rick Honeycutt said he’s running for Salisbury City Council to take a stand for Salisbury and the city’s infrastructure.
“I am ready to put myself in that seat and make things happen,” he said.
If elected, Honeycutt, 54, said he will focus on the city’s “struggling budget” and restore projects that have been denied due to lack of resources, including street lights, new signs, pothole repairs, new sidewalks and basic street maintenance.
“Many of those projects were necessary to protect our citizens and keep our city a safe place to work and play,” he said.
He also said the city’s stormwater infrastructure needs an overhaul, and the city needs more police officers and firefighters. The city created a new stormwater utility last year with a stormwater fee to fund repairs.
Honeycutt pledged to never raise taxes and said he would not increase revenue by cutting the salary of city employees.
He said he would raise revenue “by more creative means,” including making Fibrant profitable. Calling Fibrant a “city sinkhole,” Honeycutt said the new high-speed broadband utility must be turned around into an asset instead of a liability.
Residents have an obligation to make Fibrant successful, which will help the city become self-sufficient, he said.
Honeycutt owns S.V. Discount convenience store at 1621 Stokes Ferry Road and Salisbury Vending LLC, a snack and drink machine business. He is the former manager of the Uptown Connection, a nightclub owned by his dad and uncle that was located where the Norvell Theatre now stands at 131 E. Fisher St.
Honeycutt earned a bachelor’s degree from UNC-Charlotte. He’s one of five challengers running for City Council, along with all five incumbents.
Contact reporter Emily Ford at 704-797-4264.