HIGH POINT, N.C. -- With 36 of 36 precincts reporting, Bill Bencini looks to have a decided win in the High Point mayor’s race.
Bencini collected 14,206 votes, Marcus Brandon received 9,270 votes and Jimmy Scott tallied 2,279 votes.
Bencini said his first order of business is to rest and relax after the last few months of campaigning. Below is an interview he conducted with FOX8 on election night.
WHAT ARE YOUR FIRST GOALS AS MAYOR?
The main thing I'd like to do is bring the council together as a cohesive team. I think some of the challenges the city faces the only way we're going to make some of the accomplishments and some of the challenges the city has is to come together and work together as a team and I'm confident the new members of council will work together in that fashion.
ARE YOU UPSET BY THE LATEST DISAGREEMENTS BY CITY COUNCIL OVER STREET DIETING?
The city is still having a conversation about street dieting. Lots of folks that are both for and against it and we will continue to have this conversation until that revitalization project moves forward or maybe some other revitalization. I'm just excited that the city of High Point is energized and is looking at some of these revitalization possibilities to make High Point a better place to live.
DOES THAT INCLUDE ANY SPECIFIC PLANS FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT?
Make revitalization part of the economic development plan. Several cities such as Chattanooga, Tennessee and Greenville, South Carolina use revitalization as a long term recruitment tool to great effect. I think in Chattanooga it helped bring Volkswagen to that part of Tennessee and in Greenville it brought Michelin Tires and BMW.
SO YOU’RE SAYING THE CITY NEEDS TO KICK ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PLANS INTO 5TH GEAR?
In terms of a 5th gear we need to continue the efforts that we have put forth up to this point but we also need to look at other things besides just using taxpayer funds for incentives. There are other things we can do to help bring more businesses to the city of High Point.
ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO ADD ABOUT THE ELECTION?
I'm very, very grateful that the voters have given me another opportunity to serve the city of High Point and I'm very excited about the group of council members that were elected tonight at well, I think we're going to make a great team to meet the challenges the city has.