Christopher Nunnally – who is heavily involved in day-to-day life in west Greenville – said he felt it was time to get involved in the city at large.
“It was just time,” said Nunnally, who is running for the City Council’s At large seat during the municipal elections in November. “I’ve always been committed to serving the people of Greenville … I just felt it was the right time to serve on the Greenville City Council.”
Nunnally is running against Brian Meyerhoeffer for the seat being vacated by Calvin Mercer, who is running for mayor against District 5 Councilman P.J. Connelly, retired U.S. Army Capt. Ernest Reeves and Greenville resident Curtis Pulley.
A native of Greenville, Nunnally is a graduate of J.H. Rose High School and was a Fletcher scholar in East Carolina University’s School of Music, where he earned a music degree.
Nunnally moved to New York City in 2002, where he worked as a professional musician and attended law school. He said that during his time in New York he always intended on coming back home to eastern North Carolina. “I always knew I wanted to come back home to make Greenville a better place,” he said. “I love this city and I want to see it continue to grow and prosper.”
Nunnally returned to the area in 2008, where he started his own law practice and founded the West Side Strings school, which provides music education to residents in west Greenville.
“It’s been so wonderful,” Nunnally said. “We currently are trying to revitalize the street where my music school is located and turn it into an arts center. We are going to turn an old part of our city into something new and exciting.”
Nunnally said that, if elected, his priorities will be on job creation, public safety and improving the city’s infrastructure.
“Jobs, safety and roads are what everyone says are their focus during an election,” he said. “And that is the triad of municipal concerns … what we need to do is look at how we are going to do things differently from Raleigh or Charlotte.
“Greenville has grown later than some of the bigger cities and that works to our advantage,” Nunnally said. “We can look at what they have done right and what things might not have worked as well … we can learn from their mistakes and plan accordingly.”
Nunnally said the city needs to ensure that the police and fire-rescue departments are properly funded during the upcoming budget cycle.
“The police and fire departments are playing catch up to the city’s growth,” Nunnally said. “We have to make sure that they are able to keep pace with Greenville’s population as we continue to grow.”
The same is true for the city’s infrastructure, Nunnally said. “Not just roads but Greenville’s stormwater system,” he said. “That is something that we are going to have to take a serious look at in the next few years.”
Nunnally said that the city also must maintain “fiscal responsibility” during the upcoming budget cycle, which will begin in January after the new City Council takes office.
“We have to make sure that our bond rating stays good and that the city isn’t taking on too much debt,” Nunnally said. “If we want to take on some of these bigger city projects down the road we have to be smart and make sure that we have a balanced budget.”
Nunnally said that he is looking forward to working with city officials – like City Manager Ann E. Wall – if he is elected in November.
“I think the city has made some great hires,” he said. “It’s great that we are recruiting talent from these bigger cities because they have seen first hand of what works and what doesn’t. I think we have some really qualified people that are on the ground everyday … they know where Greenville has been and they will be essential in helping the city continue to grow.”
Voter registration for the municipal elections in Pitt County ends on Oct. 13. Early voting is scheduled to begin on Oct. 19.