Frank Owens, a retired Mooresville police captain who served two terms on the town’s board of commissioners until 2005, is seeking a return to the board.
Owens announced Tuesday night that he will run this fall for the Ward 3 seat currently held by Commissioner Mac Herring.
Owens, who retired from the Mooresville Police Department in 1996, has been a vocal critic of some town policies in recent years and strongly opposed the Mooresville-Davidson creation of MI-Connection. That deal was made after Owens left office; he lost his at-large seat in 2005 to Frank Rader, who became perhaps the town board’s biggest champion for MI-Connection.
“I’m called to run again by a desire to help my community seek solutions to financial problems like the crushing MI-Connection debt and respond to opportunities for growth and development,” Owens said in a press release announcing his bid for office.
Owens cannot formally file for the 2013 election until July. Herring’s seat is one of three commissioners’ seats up grabs in November; the others are held by Rhett Dusenbury (at-large) and Lisa Qualls (Ward 4). Neither Herring nor Dusenbury have said whether they will run again. If Qualls chooses to run, it will be her first election; she was appointed in late 2011 to fill the seat of Chris Carney when he became a state senator.
Voters will also choose a mayor in November, and incumbent Miles Atkins has already said he will run again.
In 30 years with the Mooresville Police Department, Owens said he “provided opportunities to learn how people live work and raise their families in all parts of the community.”
For elected leaders, he said, “listening to and staying in touch with people are the keys to effective local government.
“People in this town have good ideas and they are knowledgeable about the real issues,” he said. “My responsibility as a leader is to listen to my constituents, learn from their experience and blend it with my own opinions and beliefs to work with other leaders for the good of the entire community.”
Owens said he will base his campaign on issues “based on financial responsibility, essential services and infrastructure, and in-town and regional transportation.” Among his priorities, he said, is seeking solutions “to the ongoing problems arising from the (financial) liability of MI-Connection.”
Active in retirement, Owens has perhaps been most visible as a proponent of American Legion baseball here. He was inducted into the N.C Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999 and was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, North Carolina’s highest civilian honor, in 2009.