Who is David?

I am a native of Salisbury. I grew up in Salisbury, went to kindergarten, elementary school, junior high school, and high school in Salisbury. I practiced as a CPA and as a lawyer in Salisbury before moving to Washington, DC to work for US Senator Terry Sanford who was selected as one of the ten best governors of the 20th Century for his vision of the future and his boldness in generating ideas that made North Carolina the most productive southern state.

I am a native of Salisbury. I grew up in Salisbury, went to kindergarten, elementary school, junior high school, and high school in Salisbury. I practiced as a CPA and as a lawyer in Salisbury before moving to Washington, DC to work for US Senator Terry Sanford who was selected as one of the ten best governors of the 20th Century for his vision of the future and his boldness in generating ideas that made North Carolina the most productive southern state.

Early Voting

EARLY VOTING – Now Through November 1, 2019

Located at West End Plaza (Formerly Salisbury Mall near Badcock Furniture)
1935 Jake Alexander Blvd. W, Salisbury, NC 28147
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Election Day
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

What We Must Do

Aggressive Economic Development

Elizabeth Duncan Koontz was right when she said, “The name of the game is economics.” Economic development drives down poverty, improves our schools, jobs, and the tax base.

I’ve worked with the IDEA Center for several years to encourage entrepreneurship. New businesses need guidance, but they also need capital. I have proposed an Angel Fund to help minority businesses and start-up entrepreneurs to drive local business and economics in Salisbury.

We have key economic drivers here in Salisbury and we must finish the Empire Hotel and the Bell Tower Green. Our downtown streetscape is in need of an update and the Salisbury/Rowan Farmer’s Market should be moved back to the hub of Main Street.

Continuously Improve Public Safety

Public Safety is job #1 for any government. When I was elected, our police department had a 20% staffing shortage. With my help, every position is filled, and the community policing idea I proposed 4 years ago is bringing crime down.

We need to provide the necessary tools to the Police Department as it continues to drive crime down. We also need to push the completion of two new fire stations, which will make you safer, and cut your insurance rates.

Advance Public Transportation

Our public transportation system currently costs 1.5 million dollars a year. We have three routes served by our buses, each one costing $650,000 and they are in need of replacement.

I propose we look at more environmentally friendly vehicles, that are smaller and serve more routes. This will serve more people and save you money.

Ignite Opportunity Zones

Salisbury is home to three opportunity zones, which are zones designated by the State and the U.S. Treasury Department that offer economic development opportunities to businesses.

We have investors engaged in Opportunity Zone development. It’s been a priority of mine with my time on City Council to make sure that this project works for the benefit of Salisbury.

Have a Voice with the Schools

Thousands of kids attend schools in Salisbury. We need a voice in our schools to advocate for their education and our future.

United We Stand

There needs to be open communication with City Council and the public to help reduce public anxiety. I will be an advocate for ALL citizens. Together, we can make Salisbury Stronger.

What David Has Done

I studied, found, and drove the solution to Fibrant, saving you more than 5 million dollars in equipment replacement costs and it will earn at least 17 million dollars over the next 10 years.

I am engaged with the Economic Development Commission in retaining existing companies and recruiting new businesses.

I organized an economic summit.

I moved city council meeting times and expanded the public comment section to every meeting to better accommodate citizens.

I started the discussion and created a referendum for citizens to determine a separate election of mayor.