FROM STAFF REPORTS
Statesville City Councilman William Morgan announced Tuesday that he would seek re-election to his seat as an at-large member in the 2022 election.
“I have been honored to serve for two terms, the most recent as mayor pro tem,” Morgan said in a statement. “It is humbling to be entrusted by the citizens of Statesville to work on their behalf.”
Citing recent and upcoming “monumental strides in growth and development,” Morgan said 2022 election comes at a pivotal moment in the history of the city. The primary election is scheduled for May 17.
“These are exciting times for our city, and we need to make sure we are ahead of the curve when it comes to planning for growth and how it affects the services we provide, as well as our quality of life,” he said. “I believe my experience on council as well as state and regional boards will give us an ability to do just that.
A lifelong resident of Statesville, Morgan is the CEO and managing director of Capital Management Group of the Carolinas. He is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the UNC School of Government.
In addition to two terms on the Statesville City Council, Morgan has served on numerous state and regional boards, including the Board of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, the Tax and Finance Committee of the N.C. League of Municipalities, the North Carolina Financial Literacy Commission, the Board of the N.C. League of Municipalities Risk Management, the Board of the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization and the Centralina Council of Governments
Those experiences have given Morgan a unique perspective, but his focus has remained on working for Statesville, he said.
“This is home, where I chose to start a business and raise a family,” he explained. “I am proud of our city and want to see it afford others the quality of life that I have enjoyed while at the same time providing opportunities for jobs and economic growth.
Morgan said his passion for public service was inspired by his father, Paul, who passed away before he was elected to council.
“He was very involved in this city, as a small business owner, president of the Chamber of Commerce, and an all-around cheerleader of our town. I’ll never forget what he told me in his later years. ‘Son, you need to take care of those that have taken care of you, and never forget where you came from, ‘ ” Morgan said.
“Those words ring true today. I look forward to the opportunity to continue to serve our great city.”