Candidates discuss development, traffic for Marvin election

MARVIN – The four-member Marvin Town Council will see two new faces and a new mayor by the end of Election Day on Nov. 5, with no incumbents running for re-election in this year’s race.

This week, Union County Weekly reached out to the candidates about different issues in town and their campaigns. Each candidate was asked the same four questions and responded through email.  Some candidates’ answers were shortened due to space restraints, and one question was held. Mayoral candidate Scott Ide and council candidate Robert Simsic did not respond by Union County Weekly’s press deadline.

See complete answers to all four questions, as well as previous articles on the Stallings, Weddington and Waxhaw elections, online at www.unioncountyweekly.com.  Find out more information about these candidates and other candidates from western Union County towns in future issues.

Marvin Town Council

Brian Beaty
beaty4marvin@gmail.com

Relevant experience: More than eight years on Marvin Planning Board
Education: The Citadel, 1991 – B.S. Computer Science & Mathematics
Family: Married more than 17 years; Wife (Laura), Son (14), Daughter (10)
Years lived in Marvin: Twelve

What is the No. 1 reason you are running for election?
I want to ensure that the citizens of Marvin are represented in a manner which maintains the integrity of our village, quality of life for citizens and increases the level of transparent communication.

Do you feel the town needs to be doing more to bring in commercial development?
Marvin currently provides a unique quality of life.  In order to preserve and improve this asset, the village must strive to maintain a balance of responsible development – commercial and residential – and the preservation of natural resources.

Traffic calming has been a large part of discussions in the town over the last year or so.  What measures, if any, do you think the council should take to ensure the safety of Marvin residents?
The village has the ability to leverage our current law enforcement resources to ensure the safety of all citizens.  By increasing the level of collaboration between law enforcement, the village traffic committee and concerned residents, we can ensure that traffic safety concerns are addressed in a timely and effective manner.

Jim Day
704-243-2148
Jday1@carolina.rr.com

Relevant experience:  Currently serving on the Village of Marvin Planning Commission.  Served on three homeowner’s association boards
Education:  BS in finance from Virginia Tech
Family:  Wife – Michele, married 24 years; Son – Addison, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2013 graduate of Marvin Ridge High School; Son – Shaffer, Marvin Ridge High School class of 2017.
Years lived in Marvin:  More than eight years; 16 total in Charlotte area

What is the No. 1 reason you are running for election?
I want to restore the focus on the founding principles of the reason residents moved to Marvin in the first place: a rural community with great schools, low taxes and a respect for individual rights.  Michele and I lived in the Washington Metro area, Atlanta and then Charlotte.  We witnessed first hand what can happen to a community when growth is not controlled and elected officials work in their own self-interest and not that of constituents.

Do you feel the town needs to be doing more to bring in commercial development?
The village needs to do more to bring the right commercial development to Marvin.  Development should reflect the needs of the residents while maintaining the rural feeling unique to Marvin.  Traffic flow and visual appeal of each development are paramount to maintaining Marvin’s smart growth.  There is limited land in the village, and each parcel needs to be developed appropriately.

Traffic calming has been a large part of discussions in the town over the last year or so.  What measures, if any, do you think the council should take to ensure the safety of Marvin residents?
Traffic calming will always be an issue in growing communities.  Each neighborhood understands their traffic problems better than anyone else, and I respect the opinions of residents to decide what best suits their needs.  The village should focus on patrol and protection, utilizing increased sheriff’s office staff to maintain the security and safety of all neighborhoods.  The issues facing Providence Glen are not necessarily the same issues facing Firethorne residents, and we need to understand that.

Christina Frazzini
Christina@christinaforcouncil.com
www.ChristinaForCouncil.com

Relevant experience:  I was in law enforcement for 12 years as a federal law enforcement officer in which I focused on safe streets, violent crimes and narcotics and was the agency’s defensive tactics instructor.  I also was an auxiliary police officer with the Fairfax County Police Department in Virginia and was an instructor for the department’s women’s self-defense program. I have broad experience working with local law enforcement agencies to improve public safety.
Education:  B.A. in international relations, George Mason University
Family:  I have been married to my husband John for 17 years, our son attends Marvin Ridge High School and our daughter attends Marvin Ridge Middle School.
Years lived in Marvin:  Six and a half years

What is the No. 1 reason you are running for election?
The No. 1 reason I am running for town council is to give back to my community through public service.  I am a proud resident of Marvin and look forward to the opportunity to serve my community through participation on the town council.  My goal is to preserve the community that all Marvin residents have invested in and enhance the future of the community’s full potential.  As a mother with children in our wonderful schools and an active member of the Marvin community, I look forward to working with all community stakeholders to provide a balance to our community’s growth while preserving its natural beauty and rural character.

Do you feel the town needs to be doing more to bring in commercial development?
I do not think the town needs to do more to bring in commercial development.  The interest for commercial development already exists.  Marvin has developed into a high-quality residential community, and developers are already bringing plans forward to the current council.  The town council needs to express a vision for the town that is consistent with what residents want.  Through past community surveys it is clear residents want to preserve the rural character of Marvin but enhance it through small- to medium-sized commercial development projects.

Traffic calming has been a large part of discussions in the town over the last year or so.  What measures, if any, do you think the council should take to ensure the safety of Marvin residents?
Many residents in our community are concerned about traffic issues and safety on our streets.  In particular, they are concerned about the safety of their children.  As a mother with children in our community, I certainly understand these concerns.  Exploring the feasibility of traffic lights and roundabouts to safely ease the increasing traffic flow in our community are options that should be considered.  Also, I look forward to bringing my past experiences participating on federal, state and local law enforcement task forces focusing on many “safe streets” and public safety issues.

Joe Pollino
jpollinojr@gmail.com

Relevant experience:  More than 20 years of sales experience primarily in the medical industry; Firethorne Homeowners Association board member for the past five or more years; licensed real estate broker in North Carolina since 2005.
Education:  BS in marketing from Arizona State University
Family: Married to wife, Jennifer, for 17 years with three children ages 12, 7 and 6 years old
Years lived in Marvin: Eight years

What is the No. 1 reason you are running for election?
I’ve had the unique experience as a stay-at-home dad for the past 12 years. The community in which we live and raise our children is of the utmost importance to me.  I have taught Faith Formation at St. Matthew’s for seven years and have coached soccer at the YMCA and WCWAA for the last five years.  Giving back to a community has always been a priority to me.  I now have the opportunity to serve the people of Marvin by running for Marvin Town Council.

Do you feel the town needs to be doing more to bring in commercial development?
We have lived in four different states in the last 12 years. I can tell you Marvin is one of our favorite places we have lived.  Our spacious surroundings were a big draw for us as a family.  I’m not so sure commercial development in Marvin is necessary.  We have Blakeney and Ballantyne very close for all of our residents.  We should be more concerned with preserving what we have than building more stores and creating more traffic issues.

Traffic calming has been a large part of discussions in the town over the last year or so.  What measures, if any, do you think the council should take to ensure the safety of Marvin residents?
Most of our roads are owned by the state of North Carolina.  We are limited to what we can do to our roads without their approval.  Subdivisions can offer their own solutions such as road humps or lowering the speed limit to calm the traffic in their neighborhoods.  In most subdivisions, these solutions need to be approved by the state.  As a member of the safety committee for the Firethorne Homeowners Association, we have talked about sharing the costs with other subdivisions for off-duty patrols as the current crime in our area does not warrant the need for an additional full-time officer.

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