Mack Durham running for re-election as mayor


Williamston Mayor Mack Durham, who has served as the town’s mayor since 2013, is running for re-election on a platform of “Getting Things Done”.

The following is his recent announcement:

“I would like to reassure our community that I am running for Mayor of Williamston in 2020. Although much has been accomplished in my two terms as Mayor, I plan to continue “Getting Things Done”, even with the current challenges of COVID-19. Planning has been a big part of the preparation of a clear destination for our future because I believe in growing our community from the bottom up instead of from the top down. And although our path forward will have its twists and turns, our destination will remain the same under my leadership: to make Williamston a great place to Live, Work, Shop, and Raise a Family.

I am not a politician, but I do believe that I am a good Mayor because of the passion that I have for our town and our people. I have a quieter style of leadership and I believe in empowerment instead of control. I am a lifelong learner and I try to grow the people around me. I think this differentiates me in important ways from others who may seek this office. Through the competent actions of our department heads and the management style of your Mayor, we have been able to get things done while putting money in savings every year and strengthen employee relations. Every department has the best equipment and work environment that they have ever had and we are all constantly striving to improve service to our community. My style of leadership ensures that we always have the interest of the community at heart, and not some political objective.

Before my time as Mayor, Williamston had many plans but little action. This was not due to a lack of good ideas, but instead a lack of money to make it happen. Through years of responsible financial management, we have now built our savings to over $2,000,000. Our financial success, under my watchful eye, has given us the opportunities to reinvest part of that money into projects that have been identified through listening to our community. These projects are not politically driven, but come specifically from conversations we have had during all of our planning efforts with both citizens and regional resources. I have publicly stated on several occasions that I will recommend that we reinvest $500,000 now to get projects done that our community has said they want to see in our town so we can, not just plan, but keep getting things done.

Over the past few years we have completed many important projects and another major project that I have been working on for several years has just been approved. The connection of Cherokee Road with Main Street is now in the grant application stage! Bringing this artery of traffic into our downtown will bring new life to local businesses and give us convenient interstate access within 10 minutes! Local improvements and our location in the upstate has made Williamston an attractive place to live and visit. We have added over 50 new homes in the last three years, and it is now public knowledge that we are in the final stages of contracting with a developer to add over 60 new homes to Williamston! This is due to having vision that focuses on getting things done.

As you can clearly see all around town, Williamston has accomplished a lot under my leadership and we are on a very good course for our immediate future and far beyond. We need to keep getting the right things done to ensure our future. Under my leadership we will continue to grow our community, build our local market, fuel our local economy, and strengthen local services to continue making Williamston a great place to Live, Work, Shop, and Raise a Family. By continuing to listen to our community, we will maintain our small town character while growing a robust and diversified economy. Indeed, our town is being blessed abundantly! I ask you to re-elect me, Mack Durham, for Mayor 2020 to keep “Getting Things Done” in Williamston!”
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