Wednesday, May 22, 2024

114 West Elm Street
Graham, NC 27253
Ph: 336.228.7851

Meet the candidates for Burlington city council


(Voters may select 2)

Charlie Beasley

Full name: Charles Allen Beasley.
Nickname: Charlie.
Born: Date of birth: 12/12/84.
Place of birth: Waynesboro, VA; Augusta County.
Education: B.S. in Exercise, Sport & Health Education.
Military service: N/A.
Occupation/place of employment: Director of Quality for Tempest Aero Group, LLC.
Family: Spouse: Megan Beasley, 14 years.
Children: Elise (8), Lincoln (5), Selah (3).
Religion/church affiliation: Christian, currently attending St. Mark’s Community Church.
Organizations: Planning and Zoning Commission Member.
Political career: None yet, I ran and lost my first city council bid in 2021.
Address: 1134 Cardross Street, Burlington.


Dejuana Bigelow

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Full name: Dejuana W. Bigelow.
Nickname: N/A.
Born: Date of birth: November 3

Place of birth: Alamance County.
Education: Cummings High School, 2001; University of Phoenix 2021, associate degree in business.
Military service (branch and years): N/A.
Occupation/place of employment: UNC HealthCare.
Family: Spouse – Mr. Lea Bigelow, married 5 years.
Children: My husband and I have 3 children – 2 girls and 1 son.
Religion/church affiliation: Christian.
Organizations: Founder of Women Empower Women; President of Future Alamance, Chair of Burlington Community Police Advisory Committee.
Political career: Second time candidate for Burlington City Council.
Address: 1710 Hanford Hills Road, Graham (Burlington).


Celo Faucette

Full name: Celo Faucette.
Nickname: —
Born: Date of birth: January 12, 1947.
Place of birth: Burlington.
Education: Jordan Sellars High School, 1965; Certificate in Electronics from Memphis State.
Military service: N/A
Occupation/place of employment: Retired from LabCorp after 36 years (1969 to 2005).
Family: Spouse: The late Patsy M. Faucette.
Children: A daughter, Jennifer, who now lives in Boston.
Religion/church affiliation: Christian.
Organizations: Burlington Community Land Trust; board member for the Alamance County Transportation Authority (ACTA) and Alamance Community Services.
Political career: Two terms on Burlington’s city council (2009 to 2017).
Address: 124 Faucette Avenue, Burlington.

Mary Jensen

Full name: Mary Jensen.
Nickname: —
Born: Date of birth: February 18, 1998.
Place of birth: Elyria, Lorain County, Ohio.
Education: Perry High School, 2016; currently attending UNC-Greensboro.
Military service: N/A.
Occupation/place of employment: N/A.
Family: Spouse: N/A.
Children: N/A.
Religion/church affiliation: United Methodist.
Organizations: Lifetime Girl Scout.
Political career: —
Address: 1322 West Davis Street, Burlington.


Cindy Lackey

Full name: Cynthia Kay Boggs Lackey.
Nickname: Cindy.
Born: Date of birth: October 4, 1955.
Place of birth: Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, NC.
Education: Independence High School in Charlotte, 1973; B.A. in history, UNC-Charlotte, 1976; M.Ed. Early Childhood Education, UNC-Charlotte, 1980; Certificate of Licensure in Exceptional Children for Behavioral Emotionally Disabled (BED), UNC-Charlotte, 2000; for Mild-Moderate Disabled, UNC-Greensboro, 2002; for Severe-Profound Disabled, Elon College, 2003; in Teaach (autism), UNC-Chapel Hill, 2004.
Military service (branch and years): None.
Occupation/place of employment: Retired School Teacher/Principal at Public and Private Christian Schools for 35 years.
Family: Spouse: Dr. John Eston Lackey, III – married 23 years.
Children: Matthew Williams, 42, Charlotte; Merebil Carias, 40, Sunset Beach.
Religion/church affiliation: Non-denominational, Peoples Memorial Christian Church.
Organizations: Ms. Senior Alamance County Committee; Deacon of Care at Peoples Memorial Christian Church; Golden Harmonies; Silver Strings; Young at Heart (YMCA).
Political career: None.
Address: 1332 Ridgecrest Ave., Burlington.


Bob Ward

Full name: Robert M. Ward
Nickname: Bob
Born: Date of birth: September 25, 1942.
Place of birth: Burlington.
Education: Williams High School, 1960; A.B. in political science, UNC-Chapel Hill, 1967; J.D. degree, UNC-Chapel Hill, 1970; Master of Public Administration, UNC-Chapel Hill, 1984; and Ed.D. NC State University, 1999.
Military service: —
Occupation/place of employment: Attorney (self-employed, Burlington); serve as one of the part-time City Attorneys for the City of Graham.
Family: Spouse: Doris M. Ward, married 60 years.
Children: Michelle Ward Taylor, 56, Burlington; Valerie L. Ward, 54, Burlington.
Religion/church affiliation: Presbyterian.
Organizations: Alamance County Bar Association (Member-President in 1993); American Bar Association (member); NC Bar Association (member); NC City Attorneys Association (Director 1990 & 1991); Salvation Army Advisory Board (member).
Political career: Member of Burlington City Council (first elected in 2011).
Address: 2205 Woodridge Court, Burlington.


Brandy Whittaker

Full name: Brandy Boone Whittaker.
Nickname: —
Born: Date of birth: October 21, 1986.
Place of birth: Burlington.
Education: Western Alamance High School 2005; BA in International Studies with a concentration in Politics, Elon University 2010.
Military service (branch and years): N/A.
Occupation/place of employment: Owner – Carolina Sugar Clouds; Lead Instructor – Wellzone at Cone Health ARMC.
Family: Spouse: William Whittaker – married 10 years.
Children: Riley Whittaker, age 6; Colton Whittaker, age 4.
Religion/church affiliation: Christian – St Marks Community Church.
Organizations: Epsilon Sigma Alpha – Past State President, Southeast Regional Board Member, Past Chapter President, Chapter Treasurer.
Political career: —
Address: 3248 Castlerock Dr Burlington.


Robins S. Wintringham

Full name: Robin S. Wintringham.
Nickname: —
Born: Date of birth: January 9, 1963.
Place of birth: Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennessee.
Education: Girls Preparatory High School, 1981; B.A. in history and political science, Duke University, 1984; J.D. in law, Elon University School of Law, 2020.
Military service (branch and years): —
Occupation/place of employment: not presently employed
Family: Spouse: —
Children: Chip Wintringham, 33, Charlotte; Jennifer Ann Wintringham, 30, Norfolk, Virginia.
Religion/church affiliation: member of St. Marks Church.
Organizations: Family Abuse Services, Board Member and Fundraising Chairperson; Sustainable Alamance, Committee Member.
Political career: —
Address: 3117 D Commerce Place, Burlington, NC 27215.

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