Incumbent and new faces run for Adairsville Ward 3
by Mark Andrews
Oct 06, 2013 | 2220 views | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The only contested seat for Adairsville this November is Ward 3. Kenneth “KC” Carson and Lee Castro are challenging incumbent Connie Morrow, who has held the seat for the past four years.

Name: Kenneth J. Carson (KC)

Occupation: Business owner/police sergeant

Family: Five children — Ashley, 30; Keplin, 27; Kenneth II, 24; Marquetta, 23; Kennedy, 3; and six grandchildren.

Education: Cartersville High School and Floyd College

Age: 49

Email: kjcarsonsr@yahoo.com

Why did you decide to run for this particular race?

A: Having worked in Adairsville from age 13 to present, it is my home and it is where my heart is. I have observed that all of the decisions made by our city government, good and bad; I have one common denominator that needs to be addressed and that is management. Unlike many Americans who complain about their government and refuse to become involved, I wish to stand up and be counted, not just as a registered voter who participates in the elections, but one that is willing and able to totally be involved in order to affect management policies that promote the common good. My campaign is based on a “Clearer Vision for a Brighter Future” for Adairsville.

If elected, what do you want to accomplish?

A: When I am elected, my first accomplishment will be to not just listen but to hear the citizens of Adairsville and learn what they wish their community to become looking forward. Creating a kinder environment promoting economic and job growth so we can feed our families. There are a lot of vacant businesses in Adairsville where by filling these vacancies we create jobs thus producing a rock solid community with an infrastructure to maintaining a beautiful place for people to live, work, play and raise a family. I would like to see mentoring programs for our children who will one day be our leaders.

What is the most pressing issue facing Adairsville?

A: The most pressing issue facing our community is the need for economic growth and jobs with a management of the revenues being paramount. We must prioritize the expenditures of the tax dollars so that the majority of the funds are used to revitalize Adairsville and the projects that contribute to the common good.

Once in office, what will be your top priority?

A: Listening to the people of Adairsville and having an open door policy so that together we can bring to fruition the stabilization of economic growth while keeping Adairsville a hometown community. Open communication with the citizens is vital to the unity of the community.

Why are you the best candidate for the position?

A: Because I clearly understand we are not playing a game of Monopoly with play money and play property deeds, rather we are real citizens paying real taxes, working hard for real money, feeding our real families and we need elected officials that understand this. I have 26 years of experience as a public servant in law enforcement and 25-plus years as an owner operator/manager of my own businesses, I feel this speaks volume, to both serving and caring for citizens. Over the many years, I have learned the important values in the use of decorum when attempting to achieve a point of mutual agreement. Without a doubt, when you are an elected official you are a public servant and I will not forget this while I am in office. I will be a true asset to the community while bringing honor to my beloved hometown of Adairsville, which is constantly on my mind.

Name: Connie Morrow

Professions: Eye Consultants of Atlanta-Ophthalmology Technician, 24 years to present; Georgia Realtor, 10 years

Family: Two nieces and one godchild that I love dearly.

Education: Adairsville High School — 1989; Certified Ophthalmic Technician — 1992; Reinhardt College Graduate, Bachelors of Business Administration — 1999; Georgia Realtor license — 2001

Age: 43; lifetime resident of Adairsville

Email: conniemorrow@bellsouth.net

Why did you decide to run for this race?

A: My love for our city and passion for improving the quality of life for our community. I am committed to this city. I love Adairsville and I want to continue moving it forward, I don’t want to see Adairsville left behind.

If elected, what do you want to accomplish?

A: In the last four years, I’ve had the pleasure of working with a mayor and council to, first, develop a vision and set realistic goals for the city’s future, then to strengthen the city’s foundation so we can be in better position to achieve these goals. With a stronger city, we’ve already been able to bring 500 new jobs with Shaw Industries coming. More jobs mean more quality businesses that will ultimately, over time, enable us to do more improvements such as streets, sidewalks, parks, as well as improve our local economy.

What is the most pressing issue facing Adairsville?

A: Building our local economy. If we don’t continue to bring business and jobs to our city, we will not have the financial ability to support taking care of our infrastructure — streets, water and sewer — and make improvements such as parks and sidewalks.

Once in office, what will be your top priority?

A: Continue to improve our aging infrastructure. Replacing very old water lines one road at a time. Also, continue to map out our city’s gas, water, sewer lines. It needs to be on paper for future projects and generations to come.

Why are you the best candidate for this position?

A: My experience and proven commitment to Adairsville as well as my affection to my hometown is one my greatest advantages for this candidacy. Local government isn’t as easy as you might think. After you get elected, you find out that you are limited by laws and budgetary limitations. In my last four years, I’ve learned how to work within those to achieve goals. It’s not always been quick and easy, but by setting realistic achievable goals, we’ve been able to see measurable progress. We now have a well-qualified city staff and each of them are dedicated to making our city better. Some of the results of this include: improvements to our aging water, sewer and streets; dramatically lower crime rates; a stronger financial position; and a cleaner Adairsville. One critical component in our new strength is that we’ve been able to build good working relationships with our county and other governments. That was evident during the tornado, and has continued. I am confident that I can continue to build on all of this.

Name: Lee Castro

Occupation: Proud business co-owner of Denise Castro CPA and Associates, LLC

Family: Married 31 years to Denise Castro with three children and one child we have guardianship over.

Education: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. In addition I have many Information Technology Certifications.

Age: 50

Website: www.leecastro.com or Facebook, www.facebook.com/leecastroforadairsville

Email: lee@leecastro.com

Why did you decide to run for this particular race?

A: I love this city. I live here, I worship here, and my wife and I built our business here. All of my children attended or still attend our local schools. Since I am fully invested in Adairsville, and the decisions made at city hall affect so much of my life, I want to be a part of the decision making process.

If elected, what do you want to accomplish?

A: “Unity in the Community.” There are many residents of Adairsville who are unhappy with our city government, but they are deeply divided about what the problems are and the root of those problems. In addition, some people don’t understand some of the decisions being made while others feel they are simply not being heard. If our local government is “transparent,” then why does our community feel like they don’t know what is really going on? Four years from now, I pray that we have less division and that our residents will feel more informed and confident about the direction our city is taking. I certainly can’t do that by myself. However, I can champion the cause and work hard to collaborate with the current administration to make this vision a reality. Now that would be an accomplishment.

What is the most pressing issue facing Adairsville?

A: Planning for our future. Lately, I have heard from corporations and government officials that Bartow County is about to “step up.” That means that we are primed for economic growth and new business is coming our way. I believe the residents in Adairsville deserve a good solid roadmap of where we want to be in 10 years. We need to stop just “reacting” to opportunities and problems that come our way and start being “proactive” about the kinds of industries, job opportunities and infrastructure we want to attract.

Once in office, what will be your top priority?

A: My utmost priority will be protecting this city that I love so much. I believe Adairsville is a jewel in Bartow County. It is important to me that we retain our small town feel and our strong sense of community. However, whether we like it or not growth is coming. I am confident if we plan diligently, listen to our residence carefully, and work hard, we will be able to stay in front of the economic wave. I would rather we, as a community, choose our future rather than having it chosen for us.

Why are you the best candidate for the position?

A: First of all, I am a fresh voice. We have very little turn over in our city council and incumbents are rarely challenged. Many people in Adairsville don’t have a positive attitude toward our city government which has lowered voter turnout. I believe Adairsville needs and wants new faces, new ideas and mostly someone who will really listen. Secondly, I have worked side-by-side with so many good people in this city helping to build a great place to live and work. Those people know my work ethic, honesty, perseverance and character. I am not afraid to have the hard conversations or challenge the status quo. But I am a man of action, I don’t just see an issue and complain, I do something about it. Finally, my past corporate experience and being a business owner has uniquely equipped me for this council position.

Corporately, I have worked for several very large companies where my job was to architect and maintain the Information Technologies infrastructure. Many of the projects and budgets I was responsible for were more than the current 10 million dollar city budget. I am very comfortable creating and maintaining large budgets, reading and deciphering financial statements and audit reports. I know the right questions to ask and if there is a discrepancy I can find it. I want the people of Adairsville to know that if they vote for me I can be trusted to deliver.