Bill Grant, chairman of the Canton Main Street Board, has thrown his hat into the ring for the Ward 2 City Council post now held by Bill Bryan, who does not plan to seek re-election in the Nov. 5 election.
“I am honored and excited to announce my candidacy for Ward 2 in the upcoming November election for Canton City Council,” Grant said during the announcement. “As a resident in Canton’s Historic District and a business and property owner in downtown Canton, I believe my well-rounded perspective will be an asset to the city of Canton and its citizens.”
Grant said he is seeking the position on the Canton City Council because as a 17-year resident of Canton he has witnessed historical and current issues that he believes keep Canton from realizing its full potential.
In addition to heading the Canton Main Street Board, Grant is past president of the Cherokee Arts Center, a member of the Canton Variance Board of Appeals, Canton Development Authority, Canton Charter Citizens Committee, Vision for Canton 2050 Commission and Cherokee County Historical Society.
“My professional experience in brand strategy and marketing for local businesses, as well as Fortune 500 companies, will bring a fresh approach to the Canton City Council. More importantly, I have a passion for getting things done — on time and on budget,” Grant said. “I am a firm believer that the city of Canton should create and adopt a strategic general plan for all of its products and services.”
Grant said that without an adopted and fully vetted plan, a proactive approach to spending, planning and management cannot be achieved.
“We need to ensure that these products and services are of the highest possible quality at the most economical cost to the taxpayers,” Grant said. “I am fully committed to championing integrity, professionalism, ethics and civility in our local city government, and I will work hard to listen carefully and courteously to the citizens of Canton.”