MONROE — Michele King is throwing her hat into the local government ring again by running for City of Monroe Council.

King ran in the last municipal election in 2019 where she campaigned for a seat on council. Her previous campaign taught her the importance of listening to residents.

King said there are agenda items from her last campaign she would like to address as a future councilmember if elected — planned growth and development where long-term impacts on the city and environment have been taken into consideration; completing simple, quick tasks that have a lasting impact on the city like purchasing decorative signs directing traffic to downtown; quality of life in context of reducing crime and increasing the police force.

“We are not looking at some of the low hanging fruit that is easily attainable and achievable,” King said. “I think we are overlooking the low hanging fruit that can be fixed very quickly, but we’re not really sensitive or listening to [residents’] needs…,” King said.

According to Michele King, Monroe needs more public-private partnerships between the community and businesses both existing in the city and future businesses that either start in the city or move to it.

“I think the private-public partnership is critical,” King said, “that’s how things get done in cities…”

Explaining how businesses are “vital” to the success of a city economically, King said she’d like to determine Monroe’s strengths, weaknesses and opportunities and “capitalize” on that list of items. So that the city would remain “profitable and healthy for the people it serves.”

King would like to see amenities commonly found in Mecklenburg County or surrounding counties brought to Monroe; therefore, enticing all people to live, work and play in the city as opposed to going out of the city or county — especially young professionals and young families who grew up in Monroe, but may be considering the option of moving elsewhere. Her solution is to have the city and businesses “court” each other to fulfill residents’ wishes.

“…really making sure we as a city are doing all that we can do to be amenable, to be flexible, to offer incentives, to do what we can to get the kind of businesses we want here. Those businesses here feed jobs and they support our local people…,” King said.

King encourages voters to make informed decisions instead of relying on name(s) only when they head to the polls. “I would ask folks to do their homework and not believe the rumors, not believe what they hear, because there could be motives that we don’t know about and so doing our own homework reaching out to the candidate, finding out where they are on certain matters is critical and being open to new ideas.”