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Barton Student to Take on Veteran Mayor

Posted July 16, 2007

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— Jordan Salter is already president. Now, he wants to be mayor.

Salter, a political science major at Barton College, where he is student body president, has filed as a candidate for Wilson mayor.  Bruce Rose, who has presided over the town since 1992, is the only other candidate for the office, although filing remains open until Friday.

"This isn't a joke," said Salter, 20, who is the youngest person ever to run for Wilson mayor. "This is not something I decided on a whim or on some fluke. I've put some serious time into this."

Originally from the small coastal town of Atlantic, he said he wants to lead Wilson as it tries to move away from a tobacco and textiles economy. He said he believes growing up in the computer age makes him the right man for the job.

"We are not training people the way they need to be trained to learn in the 21st century," he said.

Rose, who was first elected mayor when Salter was in kindergarten, said he has the experience to continue leading Wilson.

"I think I know what's going on. I think I know our system, and I think I know what to do to move Wilson ahead," he said. "Wilson's growing. We've got a lot of things going, and you need a lot of time to do a good job."

Still, Rose said he isn't taking his competition lightly. In fact, he said he respects Salter's ambition.

"I will take him seriously, and I will do whatever it takes fro me to win," he said. "I admire him for stepping out like this and taking a part. I wish more people would get into the political arena."

Salter turns 21 at the end of July to meet the local requirement that a mayor must be at least 21. He said he is focused on the city for now, but he wouldn't rule out runs at larger political offices in the future.

"I think the political leaders of America are going to need to wake up, and it's going to take some young people to do it," he said.


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  • elcid89 Jul 17, 2007

    This guy's writings on Wilson Daily Times might surprise you. It certainly surprises me that he's been able to proceed through a college (although granted, it is Barton) with his atrocious grammar and spelling.

    I imagine that will be highlighted in the campaign as evidence of his unsuitability for the job of mayor. He can't even spell correctly.


    for further clarification and examples of the above mentioned items.

  • shine Jul 17, 2007

    At least he has ambition! go find that in a handful of 20 year olds. Whether he wins or not - he at least is trying to do something. Most wouldn't even cut the grass.............

  • none123 Jul 16, 2007

    Mayoral Candidate Jordan Salter Promises These Changes:

    1) More Keg Parties!

    2) Implement Bikini Monday!

    3) No More Homework!

    4) Implement Bikini Tuesday

    5) Bigger Allowances!

    6) More Keg Parties!

    7) Extended Curfew Hour!

    8) Did I Mention Bikini Wednesday?

    9) 3 Day Weekend!

    10) More Keg Parties!

  • Glenn Miller Jul 16, 2007

    Good for him!! You go Mr. Salter....good luck..


  • Halyard Jul 16, 2007

    Great post believer58, Rose IS too comfortable. We need somebody new with fresh new ideas and Mr Salter may just fit that bill. Actually, we need to clean house, big time!!

    Wilson Voter!

  • doowhatchulike Jul 16, 2007

    How refreshing to finally see a new face in local politics! You have my attention, Mr. Salter. Present your case.

  • believer58 Jul 16, 2007

    "I admire him for running but at 20 years old he has no idea of what to do if elected. Wilson would really have problems." - Slappy

    There in lies the reason we are where we are today.
    Until we are willing to accept change...and stop voting these guys in just because they have been there forever..we have no right to complain.

    I do not see how you gauge someone's intelligence by their birthdate. There are plenty of intelligent young men and women on this earth..and plenty more stupid middle aged persons.

    I would much prefer the intelligent youngster who has yet to be corrupted by the many years in the same office.
    15 years as mayor speaks more to having no ambition..or perhaps growing a little too comfortable in my book.

    If Wilson was on the cutting edge after 15 years of service by the sitting mayor I might see your arguement, but with all the comments posted by many from Wilson lately,I'd say the mayor has grown very comfortable right where he is.

  • Nancy Jul 16, 2007

    Excellent! New ideas never hurt, fresh look at the big picture is in order, not only in Wilson, in every town in the US. It's time to get people into office who are not entrenched and have spent too much time getting "chits".

  • believer58 Jul 16, 2007

    Now that's what I'm talking about!!

    The motto for all voters in '08 should be....

    "Changing the face of politics from local mayors all the way to the halls of Congress"!!!

  • slappyh99 Jul 16, 2007

    Salter should run for President also. He has just as much of a chance of being elected President as he does Mayor of Wilson. I admire him for running but at 20 years old he has no idea of what to do if elected. Wilson would really have problems.