Joseph Valenti For Mt. Gilead Mayor
2763 NC HWY 731 EAST
Mount Gilead NC 27360
(914) 309-7718

Date: August 19, 2023

Subject: A Vision for a Stronger Mount Gilead: Joseph Valenti's Mayoral Proposal

Dear Fellow Residents of Mount Gilead,

As a candidate for the esteemed position of Mayor, I am humbled by the opportunity to present to you my vision for an Active Mayor's Office that will not only unite our community but also propel Mount Gilead towards a brighter future. Through your gracious support, I am committed to leading initiatives that address our pressing challenges while fostering a sense of unity and empowerment among our residents.

My foremost goal is to create a Mayor's Office that functions as a catalyst for positive change, all while leveraging our resources efficiently and respecting the valuable time of our dedicated Town Hall employees. If entrusted with this responsibility, I pledge to dedicate my efforts towards two critical issues: alleviating the plight of Single Mothers in Poverty and elevating our High School Graduation Rates. Additionally, I aim to establish standardized practices that will guide all future Mayoral endeavors.

Overview of Mayor's Office Responsibilities:

  1. Open-Door Policy for Community Engagement: I envision regular Town Hall Meetings that encourage active participation from our residents. These gatherings will not only facilitate discussions about our community's needs and annual budget but also emphasize support for single mothers, nurturing an environment of shared solutions.

  2. Strengthening Community Programs: Our Mayor's Office will manage and enhance community programs that enrich the lives of our residents, embodying our commitment to fostering growth and well-being.

  3. Town Program Management: With utmost dedication, we will oversee programs operated at the community center, providing a hub of activities and support for our town's diverse needs.

  4. Collaboration and Communication: My administration will maintain close ties with Town Commissioners and the Town Manager, ensuring seamless communication and collaboration for the benefit of our community.

  5. Nurturing Non-Profit Partnerships: By serving as a bridge between non-profit groups and the Town, we aim to maximize the potential of these organizations, promote their objectives, and minimize undue micro-management by the Town Manager.

Detailed Mayor's Office Responsibilities:

  1. Inclusive Town Hall Meetings: Regularly scheduled gatherings will serve as a platform for open dialogues on community issues, our town's financial planning, and targeted assistance for single mothers, igniting innovative solutions to our challenges.

  2. Effective Reporting Mechanisms: Weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly status reports will be submitted to the Town Manager and Commissioners, ensuring valuable advice on initiatives, projects, and tasks.

  3. Promoting Local Businesses: Through coordinated social media campaigns, we will spotlight Mount Gilead businesses, driving foot traffic and fostering economic growth through strategic advertising efforts.

  4. Supporting Moms of Mount Gilead: The Mayor's Office will manage a dedicated Facebook page and group, providing mothers with a platform to share experiences and offer mutual support.

  5. Strengthening Community Bonds: By serving as a liaison with our town's non-profit organizations, we will cultivate robust relationships, advocate for their causes, and celebrate their contributions.

  6. Manned Community Center: Our office will oversee a vibrant community center, catering to diverse needs such as meetings, sports, education, and child care.

  7. Trade Skills Workshops: We envision an educational program within the Community Center where skilled tradespeople will impart valuable skills to our youth and adult residents, empowering them with practical knowledge.

  8. Comprehensive Sports Program: Through dedicated leagues and events, our sports program will invigorate community engagement, encouraging active participation and ensuring the sustainability of sports initiatives.

  9. Networking for Residents: We will sponsor weekly community meetups aimed at fostering connections, providing opportunities for residents, including single mothers, to network and enhance their social circles.

  10. Child-Sitting Program: Empowering mothers to work confidently, our community center will host a reliable child-sitting program, designed to accommodate after-school and no-school periods.

  11. Grant Exploration for Community Growth: My administration will tirelessly seek out government and NGO grants to address challenges faced by single mothers, enhance high school graduation rates, and explore housing opportunities for our town.

Mount Gilead's future lies in our collective hands. With your support, I am committed to ushering in a new era of progress, unity, and prosperity. Together, we can build a stronger, more vibrant Mount Gilead that shines as a beacon of hope and opportunity.


Joseph Valenti Candidate for Mayor