Fayetteville Alderman Michael Whisenant has announced his candidacy for city mayor in the upcoming 2018 election.
“Proactive, cooperative, and efficient government will be my main priorities: proactive in the pursuit of new jobs for Fayetteville and Lincoln County, cooperative in the relationships with the County Commission and other related boards and non-profit agencies, and efficient in the way that the Board of Mayor and Aldermen executes policy and fiduciary responsibility,” said Whisenant.
He has 26 years of experience working in small business management and is employed as project and operations manager by G-Squared, a photogrammetry firm located in Fayetteville. He graduated cum laude from Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., with a Bachelor’s of Science degree.
Whisenant, a graduate of the Elected Officials Academy Levels I and II, has served on a number of boards during his six-year tenure as alderman: Industrial Development Oversight, Finance, Information Technology/Planning, Fayetteville Main Street, Beer Board, Chamber of Commerce, and the Ad Hoc Committee that reviewed and amended the city’s current municipal codes. For the past six years, he has also served on the Fayetteville Public Utilities Board and earned certifications in the Credentialed Cooperative Director Program, the Board Leadership Program, the Gold Leadership Program, and the newly-required Utility Board Member Training, Modules A, B, and C through MTAS.
Whisenant’s said his six years of experience as an alderman, as well as his extensive training, and certifications, have provided him the in-depth knowledge of how city government works and aspects that are essential for serving as mayor. He chaired the Citizen’s Advisory Committee which wrote the revised City of Fayetteville Charter that the Board of Mayor and Alderman and the State Legislature adopted in 2011.
“A teamwork-first mentality is the key to all successful ventures in our community,” he said. “I have had the good fortune to be involved with the development of the recently built Police Building, the Swimming Pool facility that opened in 2014, the concept for the existing Slawburger Festival, the updated playground equipment that was installed at William Battle Park in 2016, the Water Treatment Plant that was opened in 2016, and the upgrades at the Sewer Treatment Plant in 2017. The success of each of those accomplishments was based on multiple entities within the city coming together and working as a team from start to finish. I look forward to the goals that the next Board of Mayor and Alderman set with future strategic plans.”
Whisenant is a graduate of Leadership Lincoln and the regional program, Gattis Leadership. He served on the Leadership Lincoln Board of Directors from 2002-2005. Whisenant has also served in multiple officer positions for the Fayetteville Lions Club, including president in 2014-2015.
He and his wife, Paula, have an 8-year old son, Andrew, a third grader at Ralph Askins Elementary School. They are members of the First United Methodist Church where Whisenant currently serves on the Church Council and Finance Committee.
“A vote for me is a vote for cooperation, openness, teamwork, and accountability in city government,” Whisenant added. “I respectfully ask for your vote during the early voting period, and on Nov. 6th and, if elected, pledge to listen to and serve all the citizens of Fayetteville.”