Friday, July 12, 2024

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


Ian Baltutis

Full name: Ian Baltutis
Nickname, if any: N/A
Born: Date of birth: August 10, 1985
Place of birth: Minneapolis, Hennipen County, Minnesota
Education: Washburn Senior High School, 2004; B.S. Business Administration: Entrepreneurship & Minor: Journalism and Communications, Elon University, 2008
Military service: N/A
Occupation/place of employment: Inventor & Entrepreneur – The Vibration Solution, LLC
Family: Spouse – N/A
Children – N/A
Religion/church affiliation: Unitarian Universalist
Organizations: Alamance Chamber of Commerce; NC League of Municipalities – Board of Directors; Elon University Doherty Center for Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship – Advisory Board Member; Old North State Boy Scout Council – Board of Directors, Alamance Rotary Club
Political career: City of Burlington – Mayor, 6 years, 3 terms, 2015, 2017, & 2019
Address: 702 W Davis St, Burlington


Jim Butler

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Full name: James Bryan Butler
Nickname, if any: Jim
Born: Date of birth: August 4, 1965
Place of birth: Burlington/Alamance County
Education: Eastern Guilford High School; University of Alabama
Military service: N/A
Occupation/place of employment: Executive Director of Operations / Modern Automotive Network
Family: Spouse – Kim Butler, married 30 years
Children – Megan Butler (27), Nathan Butler (25), Grayson Butler (21)
Religion/church affiliation: St. Marks Church (25 year member)
Organizations: Alamance Community College – Board of Trustees; Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation – Board of Trustees; Burlington / Graham – MPO / TAC – Board Member; United Way of Alamance County – Past Chairman; BSA Old North State Council – Past Executive Board Member
Political career: Burlington City Council – first elected 2007
Address: 520 Meadowood Dr., Burlington



(Voters may select 2)

Dejuana Warren Bigelow

[Editor’s Note: Refused to repond to the newspaper’s questionnaire or request for biographical information.

The Alamance County Board of Elections lists the candidate’s full name as Dejuana Warren Bigelow, which is how she will be listed on the ballot. Her address is listed as 1710 Hanford Hills Road, Graham.]


Bob Byrd

Full name: Robert E. Byrd
Nickname, if any: Bob
Born: Date of birth: December 3, 1948
Place of birth: Erie/Erie County/Pennsylvania
Education: McDowell High School, 1966; B.S. in music education, Penn State University, 1970; M.H.A. (Master of Health Administration), Duke University, 1978
Military service: None
Occupation/place of employment: Retired Healthcare Executive, Cone Health/Alamance Regional Medical Center (35 years)
Family: Spouse – Barbara Bennett Byrd, married 36 years
Children – None
Religion/church affiliation: Graham Presbyterian Church
Organizations: Alamance Eldercare (Immediate Past Chair); Burlington-Alamance Sister Cities (Treasurer); Allied Churches of Alamance County (Board of Directors); Alamance Racial Equity Alliance (Board of Directors); Young Musicians of Alamance (Board of Directors)
Political career: Alamance County Commissioner, 2014
Address: 2826 Charlotte Lane, Burlington


Harold Owen

Full name: Harold Thomas Owen
Nickname, if any: —
Born: Date of birth: June 5, 1953
Place of birth: Oxford, Granville County North Carolina
Education: J.F. Webb High School 1971; B.S. in Recreation and Parks Administration, North Carolina State University 1975; M.P.A. in Public Administration, University of North Carolina at Greensboro 1994
Military service: None
Occupation/place of employment: O&L Association, LLC; Municipal Operations Consultant for North Carolina League of Municipalities; Retired City Manager for Burlington
Family: Spouse – Denane Owen, married 42 years
Children – Dr. Christina Beck (40 yrs old), Constance McCall (35 yrs old)
Religion/church affiliation: Baptist
Organizations: North Carolina Arboretum Board of Directors; Alamance County Transportation Board of Directors; Burlington/Alamance YMCA Board of Directors; North Carolina State University Alumni Association; New Leaf Society Board Member
Political career: Elected to Burlington City Council in 2017
Address: 223 Engleman Avenue, Burlington


Ronnie Wall

Full name: Ronnie K. Wall
Nickname, if any: —
Born: Date of birth: February 11, 1957
Place of birth: —
Education: Hugh M. Cummings, 1975; B.A. in Industrial Education, NC State University, 1979; Masters in Driver Education, A&T State University, 1982; Masters in Educational Administration, A&T State University, 1984
Military service: —
Occupation/place of employment: The Burlington School
Family: Spouse – Susie B. Wall, married 17 years
Children – Ann Johnson, 34; Maggie Pinson, 31
Religion/church affiliation: Baptist, First Baptist Downtown
Organizations: Former Department of Transportation member; Former President of N.C. League of Municipalities; Former member (Executive Board) Metro Mayors; Former member of the Piedmont Triad Regional Council
Political career: Burlington City Council, two years; Burlington mayor, eight years
Address: 613 Meadowood Drive, Burlington

For other Burlington election coverage, prior to the October 5 primary, see these stories:

Background on the newspaper questionnaire, introduction of the candidates for mayor (5) and city council (6):

Where do the candidates stand on the issues? Candidates for mayor and city council respond to an issues questionnaire to express their positions on various issues they may confront:

Campaign finance reports reveal money pouring into Burlington campaigns:

Mayor concerned about proliferation of political signs — both in city right-of-ways and on city properties, such as parks:

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