Two New Yorkers, Former Mayor Battle Incumbent In Holly Springs
Posted October 28, 2003 9:46 a.m. EST
HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C. — It is a bit of the old versus new in Holly Springs. Four people are running for two commissioner seats in a town that has seen unprecedented growth.
Peter Atwell has been on the town board for four years.
"We've got a lot of parks under construction. We've got a lot of buildings -- commercial and industrial projects -- that are in the works," he said. "I'd like to see that come through to actually be brick and mortar."
Growth is the main issue in the area. In 1990, Holly Springs was a community of under 1,000 people. Now, there are more than 13,000 residents. Those residents include two candidates named Vinnie. Both are transplants from the Northeast and both want to lure commercial development.
"I'd like to see more business in Holly Springs," candidate Vincent D'Agostino said. "I still find me going to other towns to spend my money. I'd like to keep it in my town."
"I want to try to get companies here and firms that will create jobs. We can have a vibrant community and a good economic base for the future," candidate Vinnie DeBenedetto said.
A fourth candidate takes credit for some of the town's growth. Parrish Womble is a former commissioner and mayor, who also has the town park named after him.
Right now, officials say about 90 percent of Holly Springs tax revenue comes from residents with only 10 percent coming from businesses. Leaders say a better ratio is 80-to-20 or 70-to-30.