The Herald Weekly has contacted candidates to provide the following information regarding Candidates for the Election on Nov. 4th.

Cornelius Mayor

Mayor Pro-Tem Chuck Travis will run unopposed for mayor. Current Mayor Lynette Rinker chose not to run, telling The Herald Weekly that she’s seeking a higher office in 2014.

Chuck Travis

• Age: 54

• Family: Wife Janice, daughter Ashley and son Chase. 

• Political Experience: Serving second term as town commissioner and mayor pro-tem.

• Education: Bachelor’s degrees in architecture from UNC Charlotte and N.C. State University.

• Job: Founding partner in architectural firm Housing Studio.

• Reason for running: Continue to build upon the successes as a town board over the past four years and provide leadership for the opportunities we have worked to create.

• Biggest issue you¹d like to tackle? Transportation and infrastructure to allow growth to continue to occur in the correct way – the end result will be to improve our economic viability and quality of life.

• Contact: 704-333-7862 or ctravis@cornlius.org

 

Cornelius Board of Commissioners

Residents will choose among 10 candidates for five available seats. Candidates Del Arrendale and Thurman Ross Jr. could not be reached for comment.

 

Robert Ageenko

• Age: 51.

• Family: Wife and two children.

• Political Experience: In 1990s, he was a member of the “La Union Cubana” (Cuban Union), the first anti-Castro political organization in the Soviet Block and technical director of "Kubinez" (Cuban), a newspaper against Castro in the Soviet Block.

• Job: CEO of Lake Norman Industries LLC.

• Reason for running: I nicely represent the past, the present and the future of this town. With 17-plus years of living in the North Meck area and almost nine years in Cornelius, I have a nice understanding of the spirit of this town. I'm very closely involved in the local life as a person who lives, works and enjoys the life here. Because of my past living experience here and in other places, countries, I have a nice vision for the future. At least I know very well what we do not want for our kids and grandkids. Who wants to live in the United Soviets of America? To be able to understand the monster, you have to live with/under him. 

• Biggest issue you’d like to tackle? The I-77 expansion and the Comprehensive Master Plan (making sure the modern city security issues are included).

• Contact: 704-987-9048 (office), 704-287-2085 (cell) or ageenko@LKNIndustries.com

John Bradford

• Age: 38

• Family: Wife Shea; son Jack, daughter Molly; twins Sophie and Macy.

• Political Experience: Town commissioner, 2012-current; Cornelius Parks, Arts, Recreation and Culture commissioner, 2011-current; and Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, 2010-current.

• Education: Master’s degree from University of Memphis and bachelor’s degree in engineering from Clemson University.

• Job: CEO and founder of Park Avenue Properties LLC.

• Reason for running: I have truly enjoyed serving the last two years as a Cornelius town commissioner. I want to continue serving Cornelius and all its stakeholders, residents and business owners alike. My priority is to always make informed and educated decisions when casting my vote to make Cornelius the best place to live, work and play in the Lake Norman area.

• Biggest issue you’d like to tackle? I want to see the general accessibility, connectivity and visibility of Cornelius improved in every reasonable way possible. Examples include projects such as the Exit 28 bridge design, a possible Exit 27 interchange, widening of I-77, continued greenway expansion and the completion of widening West Catawba. 

Contact: 704-453-9348 or jbradford@cornelius.org.

Jim Duke

• Age: 71

• Family: Wife Carolyn, three children and 10 grandchildren.

• Political Experience: Served as president of the Peninsula homeowners association for six years, chairman of Mayor Jeff Tarte’s water task force; chairman of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg utilities advisory committee and the Cornelius representative MI-Connection board of directors. 

• Education: Bachelor’s degree in finance from Southern Methodist University; and master’s degree in business from Syracuse University.

• Job: Retired after career in Army and civil service.

• Reason for running: I have served the local neighborhood for quite a while. I’ve always enjoyed taking a leadership role in my community, and I just wanted to move up the ladder a little bit and bring some leadership experience and vision to the town of Cornelius. It’s a great town, and I want to be a part of its governance.

• Biggest issue you’d like to tackle? Bringing more business, expanding the tax base and making major modernization of our transportation. We have road issues. We have people on the east side that need to get to work a lot easer than they can. Growth and transportation are the two big things. It is something that the board has been working on and doing a great job. I just want to contribute to that and continue to do it.

• Contact: 704-895-7765 or jcduke@bellsouth.net.

 

Dave Gilroy

• Age: 47 

• Family: Wife Dee and daughters Shannon, Blythe, Ava and Devin.

• Political Experience: Town commissioner for eight years; Cornelius Planning Board for three years; Lake Norman Economic Development Corporation board; 911 center advisory board; land development code committee; and growth management committee.

• Education: Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University and master’s degree in business from Harvard University.

• Job: Owner and managing director of Scale Finance LLC.

• Reason for running: Drive and sustain Cornelius as the highest quality of life in N.C. and the U.S.

• Biggest issue you’d like to tackle? I-77 tolls – the single largest public policy mistake I have seen in 10 years of deep involvement in Cornelius government.

• Contact: 704-258-6653 or gilroy@scalefinance.com

Michael Miltich

• Age: 61.

• Family: Wife, three daughters and two sons.

• Political Experience: None.

• Education: Bachelor’s degree in general studies from the University of Michigan, medical degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, and residency in otolaryngology/head and neck surgery at the Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medicine.

• Job: Otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat) with Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates.

• Reason for running: Desire to “give back” in return for all that has been given to me.

Biggest issue you¹d like to tackle? To support what is great about Cornelius and to fix what isn’t.

• Contact: Dr.Mike_Miltich@aol.com or 704-896-0999.

J.R. Mount

Age: 42??

Family: Wife Laurel and daughter Emerson.??

Political Experience: Worked in municipal, county and state government in North Carolina??

• Education: Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Western Carolina University and master’s degree in public affairs from Western Carolina University.??

• Job: Management analyst for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department and reserve police officer with the Davidson Police Department.

• Reason for running: Cornelius has been home for me since 2002. While working with the Cornelius Police Department for almost nine years and living in Cornelius for 11 years, I have come to appreciate and value the citizens and employees of the town. I believe that my experience in the varied levels of government has provided me with a solid foundation to serve the citizens and employees of the Town of Cornelius. ??

• Biggest issue you’d like to tackle? Transportation and strategic planning. The I-77/toll road issue should never have come to this point. ??

• Contact: jrmount78@yahoo.com.

William Sykes

• Age: 66

• Family: Wife Evelyn.

• Political Experience: Served on the revaluation committee for North Mecklenburg, working with County Commissioner Karen Bentley and former Cornelius Commissioner Jim Bensman, and headed an initiative for the state to create an infrastructure redevelopment project centered at the agency level.

• Education: Bachelors and master’s degrees in business administration. Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

• Job: Retired after a career with Bank of America, Wells Fargo and IBM.

• Reason for running: Cornelius and the area – the city, county, region and state – is facing challenges. Looking down the road five, 10, 15 or 20 years, the direction that the city and ultimately the county takes is in a very fluid and formative stage right now. I don't see, besides the established master plan, anyone paying a lot of attention to the master plan as well as implementing the stages that are right for the citizens of Cornelius. That said, I think things should be managed carefully over the next one to five years to assure future initiatives. Managing the growth of the area correctly and respectfully. That means paying attention to not only the citizens’ needs, but also the environment's needs. I am a fiscal conservative who has an eye towards the environment.

• Biggest issue you'd like to tackle? Development, centered around the non-tolling of I-77. The tolling issue is critical to the development of the area, because what we have in place now is unworkable. What's going on now with tolling is more unworkable. Given the fact that the area's development is hinged on and tied directly to transportation, it's very important that we make the right decisions now and not tie the citizens of the area up for the next 50 years.

• Contact information: 704-608-6947 or bsykes12@bellsouth.net.

 

Woody Washam

• Age: 62

• Family: Wife Sharon, son Bryan, daughter Kristin, and four granddaughters.

• Political Experience: Past chairman of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, Visit Lake Norman and the Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce. Served as chairman of the Mooresville-South Iredell Economic Development Corporation, Lake Norman Regional EDC board and Cornelius Transportation Advisory Board.

• Education: Diploma from North Mecklenburg High School and bachelor’s degree in business from Catawba College.

• Job: Lake Norman market president for Alliance Bank and Trust.

• Reason for running: It is critically important to elect people to serve on the Cornelius town board that have the experience and background to make the right decisions to benefit the town and its citizens for many years to come – possibly the next 50-plus years. Being a native of Cornelius gives me a unique perspective regarding our rich past as well as a prosperous future. There are important bond issues coming up for referendum as well as a Comprehensive Master Plan to implement. There needs to be an all out effort to be the best we can be in economic development within the town as well as regionally.

• Biggest issue you’d like to tackle? I plan to listen to the citizens to implement the needs, dreams and desires of all parts of our town. My background gives me a perspective on properly managing financial matters and assuring we remain sound without tax increases. A land-use plan needs to be studied, finalized and implemented as soon as possible. This will assist our economic development efforts that I have a lot of experience with.

• Contact information: 704-892-8511 or washam@bellsouth.net.