79 Job Creators and Public Officials Support Tax-Cutting Tarte

Feb 15, 2012
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Vinroot, Wessling, Taylor Tout Tarte as Man to Help Spur Job Growth

In the race for newly redistricted State Senate District 41, Republican management consultant and Cornelius Mayor Jeff Tarte announced the support of 79 key business leaders and public officials, led by former Charlotte Mayor Richard Vinroot, former Lowe’s Senior Vice-President Greg Wessling, Matthews Mayor Jim Taylor, and Huntersville Mayor Jill Swain. The full list of Tarte’s supporters is listed below.

“There is no more critical need facing our state than jumpstarting our economy so people can get back to work,” Tarte said. “Drawing upon my years of experience in the private sector, I will find ways to make our state government smaller and more efficient so men and women like these can do what they do best: create jobs. From Day 1, I will fight to cut taxes like the gas tax, reduce overlapping red tape, and improve our legal climate through tort reform. State government badly needs an experienced businessman to fight for conservative principles like these, and I’m humbled to have the support of these job creators and public officials who know they can count on me for immediate action and results.”

Former Mayor Richard Vinroot called on voters who are concerned about creating jobs in North Carolina to support Tarte: "As a former Mayor and a business leader in both Charlotte and North Carolina, Mayor Jeff Tarte's dual experience within business and government makes him uniquely qualified to represent the 41st District of North Carolina in the Senate. I heartily endorse him and ask all Republicans who believe in business-first government to do the same."

Former Lowe’s Senior Vice-President Greg Wessling cited Tarte’s dual experience as Mayor of Cornelius and as a management consultant as essential to achieving job growth: “As a Senior Executive with Lowes for 33 years, I was part of a team that created tens of thousands of jobs. Over the years, I have seen successful interactions between business people and elected officials. Mayor Jeff Tarte is the perfect mix of elected experience and business know-how. He has an astonishing record of conservative success as Mayor of Cornelius.Mayor Tarte is the only person in this race with the credentials and experience to represent the people of District 41 in the State Senate. With Jeff as our next State Senator, I am confident he will help continue the business reforms of our current Republican majority so businesses can flourish in our state.”

Matthews Mayor Jim Taylor cited Mayor Tarte’s history of cutting taxes while still providing services to the community: “During his term as Mayor, Jeff Tarte has been able to increase needed services, lower taxes and increase the Town of Cornelius' fund balance. His experience as Mayor will help him to understand the needs and problems we in small towns face. We need Mayor Tarte’s experience in Raleigh as the next Senator for District 41.”

Mayor Tarte kicked off his campaign for NC Senate today at the Cornelius Town Hall, surrounded by supporters and friends. He has officially filed and raised $75,000 dollars as of December 31st.

The Hon. Miles Atkins, Novant Health & Mayor
The Hon. Lloyd Austin, Mayor Pro Tem
Seth Avery, Applied Revenue Analytics
Rod Beard, American Solar Integrators
Denis Bilodeau, Aquesta Insurance Services
John Bisson, Galway Hooker & Comedy Zone
Chris Boukedes, Bouk Management
The Hon. John Bradford, Park Avenue Properties
Chris Carlsen, Biltmore Equity Partners
Wesley Choplin, Cholpin's
Ned Curran, Bissell Companies
Bill Dagit, Bill Dagit & Associates
Rich Davis, Davis Capital Group
Joshua Dobi, Dobi Financial Group
Joe Douglas, Captiva Restaurant Group
Tom Dutton, Bank of Ozarks
John Fennebresque, McGuire Woods
Joe Forti, EPS-AVOB
The Hon. George Fowler, Mayor
John Freeman, Freeman's Stereo and Video
Phil Gandy, Gandy Communities
The Hon. Ken Gjertsen, Bank of America
Brian Golsch, Golsch Builders
Mike Griffin, Griffin Brothers Tire
Gus Gustafson, Fishing with Gus
Kenny Habul, Sun Energy 1
Jon Hair, Jon Hair Studio of Fine Art
Dr. Tom Hemstreet, Lake Cross Vet
Kelly Houston, American Equity Investments
Dennis Howe, GCC Wealth Mgt
Susan Irvin, Attorney
Alain Jeantet, The Wine Cellar
The Hon. Charlie Jeter, Intermodal FCL
Jessie Jones, Attorney
The Hon. Ron Julian, Comissioner
Mike Kayes, Wellington Wealth Management
Charles Knox, The Knox Group
Kris Kozdras, State Farm
The Hon. Rhonda Lennon, CMS School Board
Jerry Levin, Lebo's
Kevin Mahl, Champion Tire
Frank Manis, Mama's Pizza Express
Randy Marion, Randy Marion Chevrolet
Mark McDowell
The Hon. Susan Medlin, Vintage Marketing
Sokhun Moon, Sushi at the Lake
The Hon. Tim Morgan, CMS School Board
Sid Morris, Morris International
Jay Neal, HF Financial
Gary Nichols, EPS-AVOB
Ron Olsson, GCC Wealth Mgt
Dean Oltz, Fiberglass Fabricators
John Oys, USAirways
Robert Reid, Small Biz Information.com
Jim Riggins, Technocom
Tom Rochester, Southeast Architectural Systems
Jamie Rolwicz, Champion Tire
Kathleen Rose, Rose & Associates Southeast
Jack Salzman, LKN Chrysler Jeep Dodge
James Sanders, Shared Resources
Alan Simonini, Alan Simonin Homes
Rick Stillwell, Stillwell Painting
The Hon. Jill Swain, Mayor
Angela Swett, Image Promotions
The Hon. Jim Taylor, Wachovia & Mayor
Chris Teis, Acropolis
Bruce Trimbur, Trimbur Group
Dan Tritt, LKN Paint and Body
John Venzon, MI-Connection
The Hon. Richard Vinroot, Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson
Woody Washam, Community One
Jeanne & Richard Weimer, Benjamin Moore
Greg Wessling, Lowes - retired
The Hon. John Woods, Peoples Bank & Mayor
Paul Yates, Premier Business Group
Jack and Kathy Ziegler, Team Ziegler
Rick Zoerb, LKN Infiniti
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