ReElect Mel Cohen Mayor
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Re-elect Mel Cohen

I am seeking re-election as your mayor. During my 30 years of service in Morganton I have never backed down from a challenge nor will I step aside when Morganton needs strong, proven and accessible leadership.

My commitment to Morganton, past, present and future is be the mayor that preserves Morganton’s heritage and ensures its future.  This commitment began 30 years ago, remains the same today and will be as strong four years from now.

I have developed strong contacts throughout the state in city councils, county governments and among state officials. Through these contacts and my years of service Morganton receives the recognition and support that our great city deserves.

I have never considered my role as your Mayor to be a stepping stone, a checkmark in a resume box as part of an alternate political agenda. I live in Morganton. I work in Morganton. I raised my family in Morganton. My dedication to this great town is not questioned. I am running for re-election to finish the important projects we have started to ensure that Morganton is a city of choice for industry, entrepreneurs, tourists, retirees and children in the community. These include:

  • Expansion of the Broughton Campus
  • Development of Alder Springs Retirement Community for senior deaf and blind residents
  • Expansion of the Soccer Complex and of The Greenway
  • Solicitation of funding for a campus of the NC School of Math and Science
  • Mountain View Recreation expansion
  • Development of a Learning Center for the Berry Site
  • Development of the Sienna Project, a 76-unite apartment complex for working families. 

I have the stamina, knowledge, experience, passion and local presence to continue to serve Morganton as Mayor. I consider it a privilege to serve as your Mayor and I respect every aspect of that responsibility.

Early voting begins October 22. Voters can vote at any of the following locations, the Burke County Senior Center, the Board of Elections office, Rutherford College Town Hall, Glen Alpine Town Hall and Hildebran Municipal Gym. Regular voting is on Tuesday, November 3 at your designated location.

I consider it a privilege to serve as your Mayor and I am as enthusiastic about Morganton today as I was 30 years ago. Cast your ballot for Experienced, accessible and stable leadership; proven job creation and economic development; ongoing enhancement of Downtown and fighting for What's Right for Morganton. 

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Major Economic Development

  • Received upgrade in City's bond to AA rating from Standard and Poor (2014).
  • Recruitment of Caterpillar
  • Recruitment and Expansion of Viscotec
  • Recruitment of Ekornes - $2 million expansion, 35 jobs.
  • Leviton Expansion - 152 jobs and $7 million investment
  • Recruitment of 7 screen multiplex theater in downtown
  • Collaborated with NCSD Foundation to develop senior living center for deaf and blind on College Street.

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