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This Thanksgiving, what are you most thankful for?

CityView asks local elected officials


As the holidays near, I'm profoundly thankful for my family's unwavering support, a cornerstone in both my life and role as Spring Lake's mayor. I'm also grateful for leading our vibrant community and for our Board of Aldermen, whose dedication and teamwork are crucial to our success. Most importantly, I cherish the love that binds our community, fueling our collective efforts and shaping Spring Lake's unique spirit. In this season of gratitude, I'm reminded of our shared commitment to creating a brighter, more loving future for Spring Lake, day by day.

— Kia Anthony, Spring Lake Mayor

As I reflect on this year, I realize I have so much to be thankful for. I'm thankful for having a relationship with my heavenly father, who sustains me and calls me friend. I'm grateful for family and friends who have stayed the couse and their confidence is contagious. Most importantly they accept my flaws and imperfections, while cheering me on to be the best person I can be. I'm thankful to serve the great town of Spring Lake with passion and humilty and to be elected to a second term for the Board of Alderman. Lastly, I'm thankful for my sonshine. He is my  greatest inspiration. In closing, I'm so very thankful, incredibly grateful and unbelievably blessed!

— Robyn Chadwick, Spring Lake Mayor Pro Tem

I am most thankful for the love and warmth of my family and friends. Their support and companionship, especially in these challenging times, have been my greatest source of strength and joy. I'm also immensely grateful for the simple, everyday blessings that life offers.

— Sona Cooper, Spring Lake Alderwoman

I'm thankful for God, family, and good neighbors!

— Raul Palacios, Spring Lake Alderman 

I am “thankful” for many things! I am thankful for a wonderful family, good health and a town that is headed in the right direction (forward)!

— Marvin Lackman, Spring Lake Alderman

The thing that I’m most thankful for everyday and not just one day out of the year is that God gives me my life, health and strength. I’m thankful for my children, my parents and all of my family. Family means everything to me! As we go into this holiday, just remember, someone out there will be celebrating their first holiday without loved ones. Check on those individuals. If possible, invite them to dinner or just engage them in conversation. I wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday season.

— Adrian Thompson, Spring Lake Alderwoman,

This Thanksgiving, I am most thankful that our family tradition of Thanksgiving in the mountains and cutting our Christmas tree is possible.  Thankful also to call Hope Mills home where family and friends celebrate Thanksgiving traditions.  Our family wishes a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving to everyone.

—  Jackie Warner, Hope Mills Mayor

I am most thankful for my relationship with God, my loving and supportive family and friends, good health, a sound mind, my community, and a career that I love!

— Kenjuana McCray, Hope Mills Commissioner

I am thankful to God for my wife and best friend, thankful that I have the freedom of choice.

— Grilley Mitchell, Hope Mills Commissioner

I am thankful for this community… We are all able to come together with families and actually celebrate this holiday.

— Glenn Adams, Cumberland County Commissioner 

Number one, my family.

— Michael Boose, Cumberland County Commissioner 

The fact that the seven of us work together in harmony for the betterment of quality of life citizens in Cumberland County.

— Jeanette Council, Cumberland County Commissioner 

Health, family, and the opportunity to serve the public. 

— Marshall Faircloth, Cumberland County Commissioner 

I'm definitely thankful for my family. My mother recently went to heaven, but I have family and friends.

— Veronica Jones, Cumberland County Commissioner 

I'm thankful for my family. I'm thankful for my friends, and thankful for the opportunities that have been allotted to me.

— Jimmy Keefe, Cumberland County Commissioner 

The opportunity to serve the people of Cumberland County.

— Toni Stewart, Cumberland County Commissioner 

Thankful for the progress our city has made towards establishing an Office of Community Safety this past year, and the confidence District 3 had to re-elect me to see it through to becoming a fully funded department in our next budget.

— Mario Benavente, Fayetteville City Council

I thank the Lord for good health! I thank the Lord for a loving marriage to BabyGirl & her always friendship! I thank the Lord for a beautiful family! I really love and (am) thankful for the citizens I represent, so many beautiful relationships we've established that will go on past my City Council days. Everyday the first words I say every morning and throughout the day is thank you Jesus, you've been so good to me!

— D.J. Haire, Fayetteville City Council

I am thankful for all of God’s blessings: family, friends, and even trials and tribulations. Challenging times allow us to appreciate the good times, and difficult situations allow us growth and prepare us for future challenges.

— Deno Hondros, Fayetteville City Council

I am most thankful for my family and friends.  I am blessed to be part of a community where everyone and everything matters.

— Kathy Jensen, Fayetteville City Council

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