Linn prioritizes family-friendly environment in bid for third term on China Grove council

Published 12:05 am Friday, July 14, 2017

By Josh Bergeron

CHINA GROVE — Running for his third term on the town board, Brandon Linn sees a bright future for China Grove.

Linn, a 35-year-old Landis police officer, is one of three China Grove Town Board members whose terms expire this year.

Linn has filed to run for re-election and says his priorities include maintaining a family-friendly atmosphere, listening to concerns of local residents and encouraging economic growth.

Linn said current Town Board members work well together and that business growth is in China Grove’s future.

“You know, I’m pretty ecstatic to see the growth and what’s to come,” Linn said.

He cited a Bojangles’ restaurant and animal hospital under construction as examples of business growth.

Following China Grove’s land use plan will be important to managing growth, he said.

In describing his priorities, Linn mentioned his opposition to an alcohol ordinance that would have allowed the consumption and possession of alcohol in some public areas. Town Board members were split on the proposal. Linn opposed the idea.

Linn said keeping China Grove a “family-oriented town” ranks as his first priority in his bid for a third four-year term.

A native of the China Grove area, he graduated from South Rowan High School and attended Rowan-Cabarrus Community College for basic law enforcement training. For 10 years, Linn has worked at the Landis Police Department, first as a patrol officer and now as a school resource officer.

Linn said he decided to run for elected office to contribute to policy conversations.

“Instead of being one of those that sit on the side as a Monday morning quarterback and griping about what was going on within China Grove, I could be part of the solution,” he said.

Linn and his wife, Hannah, have two daughters.

Linn serves on Rowan County’s juvenile crime prevention council and as the liaison to the China Grove Planning Board. He previously served on the South Rowan YMCA board.

Linn attends Landis Baptist Church.

Contact reporter Josh Bergeron at 704-797-4246.