Candidates for the Town of Huntersville

Get ready for Election Day and meet the candidates running for office.

Each candidate was provided a questionnaire to complete and share their position on arts and culture. Below are the responses we received.

Things to know before you go vote

Charles Guignard

2017 Candidate for Town of Huntersville Board of Commissioners

Please share a meaningful experience you had with art (visual, dance, drama, music, media arts), science or history while growing up and its impact on you.

I was Vice President of the Charlotte Choral Society and thereby in charge of the singing Christmas Tree production for many years. The interaction of people from all walks of society to put on a production of significance to the entire Charlotte region has left a lasting impression.

What’s your vision for the town? What role, if any, does art, science and history play in advancing that vision?

In a town that is soon to be 150 years old, one always wants to consider what we have learned over the years as we continue to plan for the future. Whenever possible elected officials should always incorporate things of historical nature as new development occurs. I would like to see Huntersville continue to grow but in a way that keeps our history in the forefront.

Do you support public funding of arts, science, history, and heritage programs by your town through funding of ASC? Please explain.

The Town Commissioners have set a policy concerning the funding of outside agencies and I will abide by that decision.

A key finding in past cultural plans was the need for facilities outside of downtown Charlotte to support cultural programming and community events and programs. Would you support the continued partnership between the public and private sectors in addressing these needs and the use of public funds to support capital projects?

I have always supported a collaborative effort between the public and private sectors and look to continue to do so upon my re-election.

National research shows that the arts and cultural sector contributes to quality of life and economic stability. What strategies would you pursue to ensure the continued vitality and growth of the creative economy in our region?

I will continue to work with organizations such as Centralina Council of Governments , Arts and Science Council and other appropriate entities to further maximize the efforts of Huntersville and the region.

Lance Munger

2017 Candidate for Town of Huntersville Board of Commissioners

Please share a meaningful experience you had with art (visual, dance, drama, music, media arts), science or history while growing up and its impact on you.

When I was in High School, I was given a small part in the play “The Princess and the Pea”. This helped me find my voice and changed my perception of the world around me. It also changed the perception of how others viewed me.

What’s your vision for the town? What role, if any, does art, science and history play in advancing that vision?

Better Schools, Better Roads, Smarter Growth.
I want to work with CMS to ensure that all children in Huntersville have an equal opportunity to receive a quality education. I would also like to see the introduction of a STEM school to the Huntersville area.

Do you support public funding of arts, science, history, and heritage programs by your town through funding of ASC? Please explain.

Yes, one thing that I would like to see is a more updated North Meck Cultural Action Plan, the current version I reviewed on your website is from 2004. In general, I am a supporter of the Arts & Sciences and a firm believer in the idea that a strong presence makes for a better society. As to specifics, I would enjoy the opportunity to speak to ASC further to identify goals and opportunities that you have in mind and determine what I can do to help ASC achieve them.

A key finding in past cultural plans was the need for facilities outside of downtown Charlotte to support cultural programming and community events and programs. Would you support the continued partnership between the public and private sectors in addressing these needs and the use of public funds to support capital projects?

Absolutely!

National research shows that the arts and cultural sector contributes to quality of life and economic stability. What strategies would you pursue to ensure the continued vitality and growth of the creative economy in our region?

I would push for further education funding with an emphasis on STEM. I would also welcome a plan to move forward with a public/private partnership to support cultural programming and community events.

Joe Sailers

2017 Candidate for Town of Huntersville Board of Commissioners

Please share a meaningful experience you had with art (visual, dance, drama, music, media arts), science or history while growing up and its impact on you.

Was a part of a Musical at the Pineville Dinner Theater 2 years…..Part of CPCC Musical Choral Choir 3 years …..And gave wife of 48 years her Diamond at the musical Oklahoma in 1969

What’s your vision for the town? What role, if any, does art, science and history play in advancing that vision?

currently Huntersville has very little arts, the Discovery Place for children has a little science…I would like to see maybe a dinner theater…but I’m partial to them….We also have Latta Plantation which gives history of the local area….

Do you support public funding of arts, science, history, and heritage programs by your town through funding of ASC? Please explain. 

Yes

A key finding in past cultural plans was the need for facilities outside of downtown Charlotte to support cultural programming and community events and programs. Would you support the continued partnership between the public and private sectors in addressing these needs and the use of public funds to support capital projects?

yes but I am of the OLD school Arts fulfill our live….I made a sculpture in junior high which was placed the NCNB bank building at the corner of Trade and Tryon it stayed for over 2 years I was very proud which, iwish I new were it was today……

National research shows that the arts and cultural sector contributes to quality of life and economic stability. What strategies would you pursue to ensure the continued vitality and growth of the creative economy in our region?

Because I fell the Arts and Science’s complete us I would always hope to find ways to continue the growth…


The following candidates for the Town of Huntersville did not submit a response:

 John Aneralla, Candidate for Mayor

Melinda Bales, Candidate for Board of Commissioners

Dan Boone, Candidate for Board of Commissioners

Mark Gibbons, Candidate for Board of Commissioners

William Haigler, Candidate for Board of Commissioners

Brian Hines, Candidate for Board of Commissioners

Aaron Hintz, Candidate for Board of Commissioners

Jonathan Hudson, Candidate for Board of Commissioners

Danny Phillips, Candidate for Board of Commissioners

Nick Walsh, Candidate for Board of Commissioners

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