Rowan County native Al Heggins is running for Mayor of Salisbury, N.C.
“A run for public office is a big decision and needs to be focused on what can be done to improve the quality of life for each and every resident,” Al said when she filed. “My decision to run for mayor is squarely centered on what needs to be completed and what needs to be newly implemented.”
Al made history in 2017 as the first African American woman elected to Salisbury City Council. She served as mayor, another historic first for the City. She was re-elected to a second term on City Council in November 2019 and now serves as the mayor pro tem.
“Salisbury is an incredible City and what makes it so special are the people who live, work and play here," she said. "Our
rich diversity, the ability to be educated here pre-K thru college, our thriving arts community, our growing trend towards biking and walkability, our capacity for entrepreneurship and the great philanthropic investments we see generously poured into enhancing our overall landscape are qualities admired by many cities across North Carolina and the U.S.”
Born in Concord and raised in southern Rowan County, Al is married to Isaac Heggins and is a mother and grandmother. A 19-year veteran of the U.S. Army, Al is fluent in Spanish and earned master’s and bachelor’s degrees from UNC-Charlotte.
Al's career includes public education as a school teacher and college administrator, as well as owning a small business. In 2013, she was selected by President Barack Obama as a White House Champion of Change for exemplary municipal work for the City of High Point, where she served as Human Relations director. Since her election in 2017, she has served as a full-time mayor and now mayor pro tem for Salisbury.
This year, for the first time, Salisbury voters will elect a mayor. Previously, voters only elected the City Council, which then traditionally chose the top vote-getter as mayor. In November 2021, the elections for mayor and City Council will appear separately on the ballot.
“I believe the role of local government is to be the lead partner in working with our residents in every sector to lift every soul higher to a more prosperous day. Salisbury deserves elected public servants who respect and value each resident, as well as, the public servants they are elected to serve with,” Al said. “Now is the time to focus our collective journey — our shared story — on moving our great City forward and ensuring that we leave no one behind.”
Early Voting Oct. 14-30 | Election Day Nov. 2