Election Preview: Marvin

Marvin mayoral race has seen turmoil

MARVIN – Although the election season kicked off with two people filing for mayor of Marvin, the ballot is now down to zero with both candidates dropping out.

But that doesn’t mean there won’t be someone elected to fill the position come Nov. 5, as write-in candidates can still win the election.  There are currently four people on the ballot for the village council, but one – Joe Pollino – has dropped out of the council race to run for mayor as a write-in candidate.  Although his name will be on the ballot, voters will have to write-in his name for mayor if they want to vote for him for that office.

Brian Beaty, Jim Day and Christina Frazzini are running to fill the two seats up for election on the board, as neither incumbent – Mayor Pro Tem Anthony Burman or Councilman Ron Salimao – decided to run for re-election.

Find more information about the Marvin candidates at www.unioncountyweekly.com by searching “Marvin Election.”

Marvin Village Council

Brian Beaty

I have been fortunate to call Marvin home for 12 years. I am an extremely fair, levelheaded individual, known among friends as the voice of reason when opinions differ. Like many, I manage commitments to family and work, but I’ve also dedicated more than six years to the Marvin Planning Board. I’ve never been swayed to support issues of personal benefit to me or my neighborhood. My deliberations center on what’s best for our whole village. I refrain from reacting emotionally to difficult matters. Making conscientious decisions, supported by factual information, is the surest way to ensure parties are treated fairly and equitably, regardless of their affiliations. I want to ensure residents are provided opportunities to stay engaged and informed through use of proactive communication and technology. I am committed to policies that ensure developments stay in harmony with our environment and promote the best outcomes for schools and roads. I have been a Republican since my first vote was cast and haven’t waivered from those ideals. My campaign is backed by individuals who believe in my sense of fairness, my ethics and my commitment to making Marvin the best it can be. Please elect Brian Beaty for council on Nov. 5.

James Day

When elected, I will restore the focus on the founding principles families moved to Marvin in the first place for: a rural community with excellent schools, low taxes and a respect for individual rights. With the support and endorsement of Marce Savage, vice chairman of the Union County School Board, I will work closely with our schools to address issues and develop relationships between council, school administration and the board of education. My wife Michele and I are founding members of the Marvin Ridge Booster Club and have volunteered in the schools for years. Keeping the Marvin Ridge school cluster the best in the state benefits students and taxpayers alike. Council needs to ensure the park remains passive, as it was originally intended. I will work to stop excessive renovation spending on the old house at the park. More than $500,000 would be better spent building connectivity between schools and neighborhoods, easing traffic flow and adding sheriff patrols. Marvin is a special place to raise our families. Our future is bright and prosperous. When elected, I will build on our mutual values of respect, integrity and fiscal responsibility.

Christina Frazzini

I am running for the Marvin Village Council in order to give back to our community through public service. As a mother with children in our wonderful Marvin Ridge schools, a proud horse owner and equestrian advocate, a former federal law enforcement officer and community volunteer, I would be honored to represent you as we work together to maintain the high standards of our community. I know that many of you are proud of our Marvin Ridge schools, you are proud of the rural equestrian heritage that surrounds us and you are proud of the community charity groups that give us a sense of community. I look forward to working with everyone in a respectful and collaborative manner, as I believe everyone should have a voice, and that we are all served best when we have the ability to share ideas and concerns with each other. We have all made significant investments in our community, and I would be very proud to represent you as we work together to continue making Marvin a place we can all be proud to call home. I appreciate your participation in our political process and ask for your vote on Nov. 5!

Joe Pollino

About 17 years ago, (before our children), my wife and I were involved with a faith-based youth group in Arizona. I posed a question to the teens on what to do about the program they were in. Would they rather I donate my time or money to their needs. Overwhelmingly, the answer was clear that my time as an adult was extremely important to them. From that time going forward, I realized giving one’s time to a cause was incredibly valuable, especially if you have the right intentions. My intention initially was to run for Marvin Village Council, however the current circumstances with no mayor on the ballot has given me the opportunity to ask for your vote as a ‘Write In’ candidate for mayor. Though the mayor does not have a vote on issues unless there is a split on the council, I feel I would better serve the community of Marvin by offering leadership that gives you a chance to be heard. This will lead the community forward in a way that keeps Marvin one of the top places to live in North Carolina. I ask for your vote as a ‘Write In’ candidate for mayor. Thank you for your support.

Below is coverage from this campaign season in Marvin:

Candidates talk new initiatives, Marvin-Efird Park

MARVIN – As Election Day draws closer, the voting pool in Marvin becomes thinner with only four candidates for town council left on the ballot and no formal candidate for mayor.

None of the three incumbents, Mayor Nick Dispenziere, Mayor Pro Tem Anthony Burman and Councilmember Ron Salimao, are running for re-election, so Marvin residents will see three new members on the board after the Nov. 5 election.

To help residents with their decisions on Election Day, the Union County Weekly has reached out to candidates in Marvin, focusing on issues like relationships with other municipalities’ leaders, future
initiatives and the community center at Marvin-Efird Park.

Brian Beaty did not respond to the questions by the press deadline.

See the candidate’s answers to previous questions, as well as responses from candidates in Stallings, Weddington, Waxhaw, Indian Trail and Wesley Chapel online at www.unioncountyweekly.com. Stay tuned next week for another look at candidates in Indian Trail.

Have a question you want a candidate in western Union County to answer? Email it to news@union countyweekly.com with your name and neighborhood included.

Jim Day
jimday@marvinbacktobasics.com
www.marvinbacktobasics.com

How do you plan to work with other local leaders in surrounding municipalities to plan for future growth and infrastructure in western Union County and Marvin, if at all?
I will work with local leaders and business owners to ensure the rural feel of western Union County is not lost as we grow.  We need to preserve what makes Union County so appealing by providing roads and development that reflects the reasons people moved here in the first place.

If you could add one initiative you have seen in other local towns to Marvin, what would it be?
Connectivity.  Davidson is a great example of what a community can do if they spend money on the right projects that benefit all. Even though Marvin has physical boundaries, it is very hard to identify where the village begins and ends from one street to another.  Council needs to focus on connecting neighborhoods and schools, and not on pet projects.

Village council is currently working toward finding the best alternative in regard to the community center at Marvin-Efird Park.  What actions do you think should be taken in regard to a new facility or renovating the current structure?
First and foremost, council needs to start with a capital budget. Council has spent more than $1 million on the park and now wants to spend an additional $600,000 on a community center.  There has been little consideration to parking, fire, ADA requirements, lighting, septic, paving and security for a facility that is going to be locked 24/7 unless it is rented.  There are better ways to spend taxpayers’ money.

Christina Frazzini
Christina@christinaforcouncil.com
www.ChristinaForCouncil.com
How do you plan to work with other local leaders in surrounding municipalities to plan for future growth and infrastructure in western Union County and Marvin, if at all?
As our region is one of the highest growth regions in North Carolina, we all share the same challenges related to improving public safety, emergency response services, education and other issues.  Working together to manage this growth will benefit everyone in the western region of Union County.
As an example, all local municipalities will have future requirements to manage road maintenance as a result of the reduction of North Carolina subsidies for road maintenance.  From what I know about this situation, it would be invaluable for our neighboring municipalities to work together to bring a collective solution to our shared roadway infrastructure.
From a funding perspective, I believe it would be advantageous for the smaller municipalities to gain pricing reductions if we pool our road maintenance in a unified manner.  Road funding planning and requirements are increasingly becoming a reality we all face together.  By working together to plan and jointly fund road maintenance projects, we can build and maintain our shared roadway infrastructure in an efficient and more effective manner.
I believe by working together we also can bring more efficiency to our shared public safety, emergency response and education responsibilities.

If you could add one initiative you have seen in other local towns to Marvin, what would it be?
As a former federal law enforcement officer with extensive experience working with state and local municipalities on joint “safe streets” initiatives, I believe a continued focus and commitment to public safety is what citizens expect from their local governments.
As an example, Weddington currently has a Public Safety Advisory Board that works directly with their council.  I would like to have Marvin form a Public Safety Advisory Working Group with law enforcement professionals as well as members of our community so Marvin can apply more focus and attention on public safety in our community.
Although it is has been said Marvin “does not have a crime problem,” I do believe all communities should continuously strive to make improvements to our overall public safety.

Village council is currently working toward finding the best alternative in regards to the community center at Marvin-Efird Park.  What actions do you think should be taken in regard to a new facility or renovating the current structure?
It is my understanding that the current Marvin Town Council has not received any bid responses at this time, and I would like to collect all the information prior to offering comment related to existing council efforts.
I do believe the council has a responsibility to maintain and improve the Marvin-Efird Park in a manner that brings value to our overall community.  I look forward to learning more about the options currently being considered and believe the initial focus should be on maintaining the current structure. If improvements are required, they should not require significant funding or require the village to raise taxes at any point.
Additionally, as a horse owner, I believe Marvin needs to focus on and return to its historical roots as an equestrian/rural community. Therefore, I believe any future enhancements to the park (if any) need to be consistent with aligning the use of the park with themes that enhance a vision of Marvin based on these historical roots. Ideas I have include establishing occasional farmers markets, mini MAREs events and other community sponsored events.

Joe Pollino
jpollinojr@gmail.com

How do you plan to work with other local leaders in surrounding municipalities to plan for future growth and infrastructure in western Union County and Marvin, if at all?
Part of having a vision for our community is understanding what your constituents want.  We have been fortunate to have a survey go out to the community with a relatively high rate of response.  While it may be clear what our residents want, we should be mindful of what our neighbors are doing, as well.  For instance, should Waxhaw decide to develop a large commercial area for big box stores, does it really make sense to replicate that?
It is clear most residents want to continue building bike paths and greenways. Ideally, these would connect with the greenways being planned in other communities.  This would require reaching out to other planning boards and working with them to make those plans come to fruition.

If you could add one initiative you have seen in other local towns to Marvin, what would it be?
I would like the village to explore initiatives to successfully encourage more citizen involvement in our community planning.  Events, such as National Night Out, which brings our community together, also are worth pursuing. Neighborhood watch programs are a cost-effective way of increasing safety.  Other programs that engage Marvin’s youth, like youth council committees, can provide the opportunity to hear from Marvin’s younger generation. This also could be a way of providing students’ with service hour
opportunities.

Village council is currently working toward finding the best alternative in regard to the community center at Marvin-Efird Park.  What actions do you think should be taken in regard to a new facility or renovating the current structure?
The park was a well-needed addition to our community.  There are current plans to renovate the residential structure. I would ask that the current council clarify their vision for the structure’s use.  A significant amount of tax funds will be used for the project.  We should assess the project and determine whether it’s the “best use of land” before we expend the funds.

 

Candidates discuss development, traffic

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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