I’m privileged to have worked with both candidates for Pinehurst mayor, both fine people.

John Strickland’s years of experience working and leading on village matters, his experience in the banking industry, and his family’s generational history of residing in the village and seeing the evolution of the community from a seasonal village to today’s full-service community cause him to stand out among the candidates.

John’s service on the Village Council, serving as treasurer for Pinehurst, and his service on the Historic Preservation Commission and Neighborhood Advisory Committee uniquely qualify him to be Pinehurst’s mayor. That service exposed him to all of the issues that come with managing the village, brought him into close contact with the citizens of all of the neighborhoods of Pinehurst and the issues important to each, and required him to work with others at the level where the rubber hit the road.

John Strickland is unfailingly courteous, professional, knowledgeable and articulate. He is not afraid to voice his opinion on important matters where Pinehurst’s quality of life can be affected. I’ve watched him work hard to forge beneficial relationships with county government, schools, neighboring

towns, state government and NCDOT, along with FirstHealth and Pinehurst LLC. He works tirelessly to preserve the special character of the village and manage the village’s finances carefully.

I’ve known John personally 15 years, and working with him on village matters during that time, of course we didn’t always agree on issues. However, I never doubted that John Strickland had the best interests of the Pinehurst citizens foremost in his mind, no matter what the issue was.

For these reasons I will be voting for John Strickland for Pinehurst mayor, and I urge all my friends and acquaintances to do the same.

Andy Wilkison, Pinehurst

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