• 66°

East Spencer Alderman Tony Hillian running for mayor

EAST SPENCER — East Spencer native Tony Hillian is hoping to unseat four-term Mayor Barbara Mallett this November. Hillian is currently in his first term on the town board.

Tony Hillian

“I am a doer who loves doing for others,” Hillian said. “I would like to make a difference in the lives of the citizens of East Spencer.  I have been active in the community all my life, and I want to continue to do so as mayor in my beloved township.  I have the heart to do what is necessary to improve the living conditions in East Spencer.”

There are many things that can be done to improve the appearance of the town, Hillian said, with little money and a whole lot of community effort.

“I will be proactive in courting new businesses and establishments to locate their operations in East Spencer. I will work closely with our Police Department in developing community programs that foster trust among its citizens,” he said.

“I have my hand on the pulse of the community, and this goes a long way in unifying our citizens to act. Let’s make a difference, East Spencer. The time for talking has passed. Let’s do,” he said.

Hillian is a recreation aide with the city of Salisbury. He is a member of the Metropolitan Transportation Advisory Committee for N.C., is involved with Swagga Youth Apprenticeship Inc. and develops a work ethic for teenagers and young adults who are working at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

He serves on the board of Essie Mae Kiser Foxx Charter School and chairman of the policy council for the Salisbury-Rowan Community Action Agency. He is an instructor for the Salisbury Parks and Recreation Department’s NBA Babies basketball team. He is also involved in the International Sports Training Academy.

Hillian participates in various other sports and academic organizations.

Hillian is a graduate of Salisbury High School and received a degree in administration management from Shaw University. He has a master’s degree in management from Strayer University. He works part time at Noble & Kelsey Funeral Home.

The Salisbury Civitans presented Hillian with the Good Samaritan Award in 1993. In both 1992 and 1993, then-Mayor Margaret Kluttz presented Hillian with the Mayor’s Medal. He was also a recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award in 1993 and the award for outstanding leadership in the community from the Rotary Club.

From 1985 to 1995, Hillian was part of the East Spencer Anti-Drugs Step Team and received the BET Award for Top 10 Teens Around America in 1993.

Hillian’s parents are Sam and Jackie Hillian. His brothers are Sam Hillian III and Sedric Hillian.

Mallett has filed for re-election as mayor.

Comments

Elections

Salisbury council candidates list crime reduction, hiring a new city manager among city’s top priorities

Crime

Blotter: Man charged with trio of vehicle break-ins

Coronavirus

Catawba College will require COVID-19 vaccinations in 2022

Local

City selects Sada Stewart Troutman as new Downtown Salisbury Inc. director

Local

Rowan Republicans’ Lincoln-Reagan Dinner brings conservatives together for night of speeches, awards

High School

Photos: South Rowan volleyball team’s Senior Night, Falcons’ unblemished SPC season

Coronavirus

Four new COVID-19 deaths make 433 in Rowan since start of pandemic

Nation/World

Bill Clinton in hospital for non-COVID-related infection

Local

Quotes of the week

High School

High school volleyball: West edges South for unbeaten SPC season

Coronavirus

FDA panel endorses lower-dose Moderna COVID shot for booster

Nation/World

Full pension restored for FBI official fired under Trump

News

Former Gov. Perdue leading standardized testing board

Elections

Salisbury mayoral candidates Alexander, Heggins talk leadership style during Chamber of Commerce forum

Local

Photos: Rowan deputy’s funeral procession passes through downtown Salisbury

Crime

24-year-old man jailed for kidnapping, rape charges

Crime

Blotter: Woman charged with bringing 14 suboxone strips into jail

Local

Halfway through campaign, Rowan County United way at 44% of goal

Elections

Early voting begins today. Here’s what voters need to know.

Local

Mayoral candidates Alexander, Heggins discuss public safety, poverty, housing issues during candidate forum

Local

Salisburians Howard, Boland meet goals of running Boston Marathon

Education

Education briefs: Partners in Learning kicks off public phase for new center fundraising

Education

Isenberg celebrates longtime teaching assistant ‘Mrs. Zinka’

Local

Lowe’s donates materials to Rowan Sheriff’s Office for K-9 officer enclosures