Friday, April 19, 2024

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Graham, NC 27253
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Meet the candidates for Burlington mayor and city council


(Voters may select 1)

Jim Butler

Full name: James Bryan Butler
Nickname: Jim
Born: Date of birth: August 4, 1965
Place of birth: Burlington, NC
Education: Eastern Guilford High School; The University of Alabama.
Military service (branch and years): None.
Occupation/place of employment: Senior Executive Director of Operations / Modern Automotive Network.
Family: Spouse: Kim, married 32 years.
Children: Megan Butler (29), First Impressions Director St. Marks Church, Burlington; Nathan Butler, PE (27), Engineer / Kimley Horn – Raleigh; Grayson Butler (23), Sales / Client Retention / Carolina Hurricanes, Raleigh.
Religion/church affiliation: St. Marks Church, Burlington, 27 years.
Organizations: Alamance Community College – Board of Trustees; Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation – Board of Trustees; Burlington / Graham – MPO / TAC – Board Member; Piedmont Triad Regional Council (PTRC) – Executive Board Member; North Carolina Metro Mayors Assoc. – Mayoral Member.
Political career: Burlington City Council – Elected in 2007 still serving; Mayor of Burlington – Elected in 2021 still serving.
Address: 520 Meadowood Drive, Burlington.


Beth Kennett

Full name: Elizabeth Parsons Kennett, (Beth Kennett on the ballot).
Nickname: Beth.
Born: Date of birth: July 25, 1964.
Place of birth: Monroe, NC.
Education: Chesterfield High School (SC), 1982; BA in Music Education and Flute Performance, Gardner-Webb College, 1986; MDiv, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1989.
Military service (branch and years): —
Occupation/place of employment: Project Manager II, Atrium Health – Wake Forest Baptist.
Family: Spouse: Jay Kennett, married 33 years.
Children: Abi Kennett, Burlington; Emma Kennett, Cary.
Religion/church affiliation: Active member of Hillsborough United Church of Christ, I hold ordained ministerial standing in the United Church of Christ.
Organizations: —
Political career: —
Address: 324 Willowbrook Drive, Burlington.

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(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

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.

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.

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