Joan Ragsdale running for Williamston Ward 2


Joan Ragsdale is running for the Williamston Town Council Ward 2 seat and says she wants to help make Williamston a better place to live as well as a place where others will want to come with families and businesses.

“The experience of running for council has been great for me,” Ragsdale said. “While I was born and raised in this town, many things have changed, including the demographics of our town over the past several decades. It has been my pleasure to make new friends as I’ve knocked on doors and used social and news media to help people get to know me.”

Ragsdale’s platform focuses on issues that impact everyday life for the citizens of Williamston. She said she wants to make Williamston a better place to live – a place people can be proud to call home and want to call home.

“Williamston has many needs, and together, we can prioritize and address issues that will make our town a better place.”

Ragsdale said she has a strong work ethic and professional and personal experience, that matters when bringing leadership to the town.

“It is not only promoting Williamston internally . . but externally so others want to bring their businesses and their families to town,” she said. “Economic Development is very important to the future of where we live.”

Professionally, as a human resource manager, she says she has been in the “people business” for over 41 years.

“This translates well to understanding needs and desires of a population. I can offer diversity of thought and constructive problem-solving that will ensure that my vote on council decisions will be beneficial for the majority – not a “chosen” few.”

She also said, “Integrity is of utmost importance to me and I will maintain transparency and trustworthiness to all citizens and will never compromise my position for personal gain.”

According to Ragsdale, teamwork is also key. “The position of Council requires that a person be able to work well with others, our residents, other council members, the Mayor and the various boards that all want to move this community forward. My experience with strategic planning can be a benefit.”

Personally she says she is a small town girl. “God has blessed me with success. It is my time to give back and represent the town that I was raised in and to represent the people I so dearly love. I love our small town, and it’s important to not lose that small town feel. My desire is to enhance that small town community . . . and provide more inclusiveness of all residents!”

“As your Councilwoman, I will be a responsible steward of your tax money and I will never take the citizens of Williamston for granted,” she said. “I will represent you well. Thanking you in advance for your vote on November 4.” Her campaigh slogan is “Don’t go wrong . . . vote for Joan!”