You should expect your elected representatives to represent YOU.
Your represntatives need to hear YOUR voice and they actively need to ask YOUR opinions about
issues that affect us all. State Senators should vote YOUR agenda, not an agenda according to a campaign donation list.
I pledge to be that kind of State Senator.
I am your “get-it-done” candidate. As a Lincoln County Commissioner for almost three years, I've managed to accomplish a lot,
despite the handcuffs that state rules place on local governments. One reason to go to Raleigh is to help remove the 'cuffs!
||Why I'm running||
We've experienced a growth spurt in East Lincoln,
and I was able to convince developers to ante up an 18-acre school site, a 26-acre conservation area, multiple easements for the Carolina
Thread Trail, and more than $700,000 towards local road improvement projects. Eight of nine projects reduced their overall unit count before their public hearings,
and I recently was able to get our Land Use Plan density for most of East Lincoln reduced from 3 units per acre to 2 units per acre.
(its already at 1.5 or lower for the rest of the county)
I was able to get the East Lincoln Water and Sewer District tax rate reduced to ZERO, by insisting that the cash taken from the district in the 2006
takeover be returned to pay off the bonds early.
Working with our House representative, Jason Saine, I was able to get $150,000 towards the Rescue Squad Park. Working with local
DoT on the Optimist Club and Hwy 16 road project, we've added $250,000 from some earmarked developer funds, providing funding for the design and initial
planning for the intersection improvements.
I also drove a major revision to the Lincolnton-Lincoln Airport Authority charter, basically removing the city (which lacks the financial
strength) as a full partner, giving the County the ability to turn the airport into a Business Park to attract both aviation-related businesses,
and high tax value jet aircraft.
Much of those accomplishments were done behind the scenes, where I take advantage of my 30+ years in sales to get things done.
I started getting things done at an early age -- when I was 25 my company sent me to Sweden (not knowing the language!) with $50,000, the name of a local lawyer,
and instructions to start a Scandinavian operation. Three years later I returned from Europe, leaving behind a 22 person, profitable operation.
Since then I've been a senior partner in 3 other startups, and ended my business career running a business modeling company, convincing multiple $1 billion
(in sales) companies to trust me to create and maintain a model of their operations that they could successfully use to make tactical
and strategic decisions.
That experience gave me the insight to analyze financial statements, making me the County Commission's expert on finding where
the Finance Director hides extra revenue and under-spending. You may think that surprising people with better than expected results is wonderful -- but when
the forecast convinces Commissioners to vote for a tax increase? We almost fell into that trap this year!
If you send me to Raleigh, I will not warm the chair, or just vote 100% with leadership.– I will get it done – whatever it is
that YOU need. I am retired and will represent you full-time. If you
send me to Raleigh I will be visible at public events in all three counties. I will represent YOU. I don’t have a specific agenda – your
agenda is my agenda. I WILL get it done, in the most productive way
And I think outside the box!
Please vote for Martin Oakes