• 59°

Ali wants to bring fresh ideas to Kannapolis city government


Addul Ali

KANNAPOLIS — City Council candidate Addul Ali says it’s time to bring fresh ideas to city government.

Ali, a 38-year-old media consultant, is one of seven candidates running for three open spots on the Kannapolis City Council. Ali says his chief reason for running is contributing new ideas.

“It’s time for someone with a little bit of a different perspective,” he said.

Another reason for running, Ali said, is to be a voice for the city’s minority communities.

“We’ve got roughly a 30 percent minority population, and we should be represented on council,” he said.

If elected, Ali said he would focus on ensuring local businesses are able to take advantage of downtown revitalization, working on community development projects, building a better relationship between the police department and minority communities, and ensuring city decisions don’t “sack my kids with a bunch of debt.”

On downtown revitalization, Ali said local businesses should be offered incentives to move downtown. He said local businesses should also be more involved in discussions about revitalization. Ali said he hasn’t heard or seen any plans to make local businesses more involved in downtown revitalization.

Ali said he believes the current City Council is too focused on bringing in businesses from outside town.

He also said the Kannapolis Police Department’s officers need to understand the various dynamics of the community, especially if the officers are not from the city.

Ali, an Army veteran, has volunteered for or served in a number of community agencies, including: St. John’s Lodge No. 204, Downtown Kannapolis, the Kannapolis Rotary Club and the Kannapolis Community Development Corp.

Ali and his wife, Lataisha, attend Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Charlotte. They have two children, Andreas and Aalyah.

Ali’s 2017 bid for Kannapolis City Council is his first shot at elected office. With the decision by Councilman Darrell Jackson to not seek re-election, the council will have at least one new member.

Contact associate editor Josh Bergeron at 704-797-4246.


Granite Quarry

Granite Fest makes a comeback with music, vendors and fun for kids


State budget process could mean big gains or loss of funding for schools


Biz Roundup: Downtown Salisbury vying for $25,000 cash prize


Kannapolis native serves as a member of U.S. Navy’s ‘Silent Service’


Snyder promoted to deputy city clerk


Woman arrested for flashing rear end at Sheriff’s Office after previous charges overturned


Hall wins bronze medal in SilverArts


Harold B. Jarrett American Legion Post 342 holds 75th anniversary celebration


Salisbury-based Integro Technologies acquired by Kaman Distribution Group


World War II veteran, longtime Rowan County farmer, celebrates 100th birthday


Rowan commissioners will discuss body cameras for bailiffs, arrowhead donation, plumbing fix for lead levels


Downtown move gives Salisbury Eyecare and Eyewear chance to expand offerings, add new doctor


Clinton recovering from infection 


Teen charged in shooting at Mount Tabor High School held without bond


Marine officer receives reprimand for Afghanistan criticism


Beasley top fundraiser in third quarter for Senate race

Farm & Garden

Nearly 1-ton pumpkin sets record at state fair

High School

High school football: Loeblein throws record six TD passes for Falcons; Cavs, Hornets romp


UK lawmaker stabbed to death in terrorist act


Cooleemee man arrested after trading gunfire with Davie County investigators in Rowan


Salisbury council candidates list crime reduction, hiring a new city manager among city’s top priorities


Blotter: Man charged with trio of vehicle break-ins


Catawba College will require COVID-19 vaccinations in 2022


City selects Sada Stewart Troutman as new Downtown Salisbury Inc. director