Kept taxes low? Check. Man of the people? Check. Preserved character and charm? Check. (Character and charm of Cary, that is — not bragging on self.) Anyway, long press release short, Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht is indeed running for a second term, and he’ll give an official start to his campaign Sunday afternoon, 2-4, at Davis Drive Park.

Weinbrecht, a popular Democrat, has a formidable Republican opponent in Michelle Muir, about whom we blogged previously. We ran Ms. Muir’s announcement verbatim. Weinbrecht’s gets the same treatment below.

By the way, @MKMuir has a twitter account; I’m not finding one for HWeinbrecht. (Mine is @rjgeary, fyi.)

Weinbrecht writes a blog, however, and he has what I take to be a new FB page for his campaign — not many friends yet.

Cary, NC — May 17, 2011 — Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht announces that he will seek re-election to a second term in the October mayoral election. Throughout the next four years, Mayor Weinbrecht will continue to enhance Cary’s overall economic prosperity by preserving the town’s low tax rate, attracting new business investments and sustaining existing businesses. He will maintain his determination to bring unprecedented levels of openness to town government to ensure that the concerns of Cary’s citizens are heard. He remains committed to pursuing his vision for balanced growth to preserve the character and charm of the town. And he will continue to champion environmental initiatives that have made Cary one of the most environmentally friendly towns in North Carolina.

“Four years ago, Cary citizens voted for positive change,” Mayor Weinbrecht said. “They wanted a mayor who promised to advocate for balanced growth and a disciplined approach to town finances. They wanted a mayor who promised to advocate for citizens, not for special interests, and who would bring honest, principled leadership to the job. I have kept my promises and I believe that Cary citizens want to continue in the direction that we have collectively set.”

Mayor Weinbrecht will continue his “citizens first” approach with a campaign kickoff event on Sunday, May 22 from 2:00 — 4:00 p.m. at the picnic shelter at Davis Drive Park. “I want to thank all of my supporters and hear what is on the minds of the people of Cary,” Harold stated.

Harold Weinbrecht was born in Augusta, Georgia in 1956. He has lived in Cary for 35 years and has served as Mayor since 2007, following 4 years as an At-Large representative on the Cary Town Council. He is employed as a software engineer and holds degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science from Augusta College and NC State University. Mayor Weinbrecht has been married to Belinda Weinbrecht for 24 years and has two daughters.

Press release issued by: Committee for A Balanced Cary 105 Windspring Ct.
Cary, NC 27518