Updated: Aug 9, 2021
SALISBURY, N.C.—July 16, 2021—Al Heggins filed today to run for Mayor of Salisbury.
“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,” Heggins said. “My decision to run for mayor is squarely centered on what needs to be completed and what needs to be newly implemented.”
Heggins made history in 2017 as the first African American woman elected to the 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.”
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,” Heggins 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.”