Election 2017

Endorsement: Litchfield the choice for District 5

On Nov. 7, voters in Greenville will make crucial decisions about the future of the city by selecting the members of the next city council. Greenville will have a new mayor, and there will be new councilmen in the at-large, District 3 and District 5 seats.

The District 1 and District 4 seats are contested as well, with only District 2 Councilwoman Rose Glover running unopposed.

Financial adviser William Litchfield and retired IBM engineer Tom Best are running for the District 5 seat, which is being vacated P.J. Connelly, who is running for mayor.

While both candidates have ideas for bringing new jobs to Greenville, I am endorsing Will Litchfield in District 5 because of his financial expirience and his commitment to bringing more “living-wage” jobs to the area.

A native of Washington, N.C., Litchfield, 38, graduated from East Carolina University in 2002 with a degree in finance. He worked in Philadelphia, Atlanta, Raleigh and Charlotte before returning to eastern North Carolina in 2009 and is a financial adviser for the Greenville branch of Raymond James.

Greenville is experiencing tremendous growth and needs city leaders who will keep the momentum going forward. By the end of the decade, more than $1 billion in public and private development projects are being invested in Greenville.

Past and present city councils have invested funds into deveopment and infrastructure projects in hopes of attracting new businesses that will bring much-needed jobs.

The financial stability provided by Vidant Health and ECU — the biggest economic drivers in the city — will not be sustainable if Greenville cannot attract new industries.

The city needs leaders who are focused on job creation, and I am giving Will Litchfield my endorsement — and my vote — because of his plan to build relationships with all the economic development offices in the area as well as ECU and Viant Health.

“We have a gem in Vidant and ECU that most cities would give anything for,” Litchfield said recently. “We need to find a way to leverage that.”

I also feel that Litchfield will be an asset to the city during the upcoming two-year budget cycle, which will begin in January.

“Part of what I do as a financial planner is creating budgets,” he said.”We have to develop some long-term planning … not just two years down the road but 10 or even 15 years.”

To continue its momentum, Greenville needs leaders focused on long-term financial stability, and I feel that Will Litchfield will bring that vision to the City Council as the representative of District 5.

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