• 61°

Gobbel says he’d be proactive as Spencer mayor

In the race

Spencer Mayor Pro Tem Jim Gobbel is running for the Mayor.

Spencer Mayor Pro Tem Jim Gobbel is running for the Mayor.

 

By Josh Bergeron

josh.bergeron@salisburypost.com

SPENCER — With Mayor Jody Everhart choosing not to run for re-election, town board member Jim Gobbel is vying for the spot against three other candidates.

Gobbel, 64, is the town’s current mayor pro tem, a position he has served in for four years. He also represents Spencer on the Cabarrus-Rowan Metropolitan Planning Organization.

If elected to the mayor’s spot, Gobbel says he hopes to focus on the appearance of residential and commercial areas, attract business to the town, support the N.C. Transportation Museum, maintain communication with state legislators and create a more cohesive environment in Spencer.

“If elected mayor, I will offer a proactive leadership approach, fueled by a personal desire and commitment to serve the town of Spencer,” he said. “I would be honored to continue serving Spencer as mayor. There’s plenty of work to do.”

He said the city needs to strengthen building codes that are currently ineffective, seek innovative methods to be more business friendly and partner with neighboring municipalities on initiatives to improve the quality of life in Spencer.

Gobbel attended Spartanburg Technical College and Rowan Technical College. He is retired from Miller Brewing Co.’s distribution department in Eden.

He has previously served on the Spencer Planning Board as the vice chairman. He attends First Baptist Church in Spencer and is a member of Spencer HomeTown Holidays Committee.

Gobbel and his wife Marla have two sons and three grandsons.

Other candidates running for Spencer mayor include Bob Oswald and Scott Benfield.

Contact reporter Josh Bergeron at 704-797-4246.

Comments

Business

‘It’s our big time’: Salisbury Farmers Market reopens Saturday

Education

Schools capital funding still frozen as RSS sends local budget to county

Business

Shields, Cheerwine Festival receive N.C. Main Street Awards

Kannapolis

Duke University launches kidney disease study in Kannapolis for people of African descent

Education

Horizons Unlimited will hold in-person summer camps

Education

Education briefs: Catawba planning for more in-person activities, free summer school tuition

Coronavirus

County’s full COVID-19 vaccinations top 22,600

High School

High school golf: With Merrell, Mustangs back on top

Local

Spencer investigating rat problem on South Iredell Street

News

Livingstone, Mission House Church to host national ‘Black Voters Matter’ listening session

Education

Shoutouts

Business

Groundbreaking on Pennant Square signals next phase in downtown Kannapolis revitalization

Nation/World

J&J vaccine to remain in limbo while officials seek evidence

Nation/World

Prosecutors: No charges for officer in Capitol riot shooting

Nation/World

Biden to pull US troops from Afghanistan, end ‘forever war’

Nation/World

Former Minnesota cop charged in shooting of Black motorist

Crime

Blotter: April 14

Elections

Former North Carolina Gov. McCrory enters US Senate race

Crime

Salisbury woman arrested in Myrtle Beach for abducting child

Health

County updates health director job description, will advertise for position

High School

High school tennis: East beats Carson, still hopes to share NPC title

Elections

Board of Elections to purchase upgraded voting equipment using federal grant

Kannapolis

Kyle Seager drives in winning run in first game as Mariners split doubleheader with Orioles

Local

City exhausts this year’s funds for Innes Street Improvements, Municipal Services District grant programs