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Craig Horn 

WEDDINGTON — Engagement and civil discourse are at the crux of Craig Horn’s campaign for Mayor of Weddington.

Horn is a former member of the North Carolina General Assembly, having served District 68 as a Representative from 2011 to 2020. He chaired the Appropriations on Education and Education K-12 committees in 2017 and again in 2019-2020. He was Vice Chair of the Appropriations committee in 2017 and 2019-2020.

Horn said he decided to run for mayor because he wants to continue to contribute to his community.

“Most people my age (77) are saying ‘OK time to hang it up and go fishing.’ Well, I won’t do that. I have no interest in doing that,” Horn said.

He likened himself to an athlete — he’d rather be playing on the field instead of sitting on the bench.

Though he is on several boards and commissions, including the Board of Trustees for Wingate University, he “still longed for public service.”

He chose to run, because he was “strongly encouraged by several folks of various persuasions in Weddington,” he said. Speaking on civil discourse, Horn said he is saddened by the recent deterioration of it in federal politics.

He would like to see people’s confidence in their local government grow and get them more involved and interested in local politics.

“I want to do what I can to encourage people to engage and play a role in their own government,” Horn said.

More community involvement would make the role of mayor easier, because anyone in that role would know clearly the wants, likes and concerns of the residents, Horn said. Too, if residents have any opposing views on a specific situation, then civil discourse can foster in a healthy way.

He already knows that Weddington residents want to keep their town small and have plenty of services at hand.

As of Wednesday (Aug. 11), Horn has two competitors: Bill Deter and Tracy Stone.

Deter is the president of the Weddington Optimist Club and is a former mayor of Weddington, having served from 2013 to 2017.

Filing for positions in Weddington and Stallings ends Friday, Aug. 13.