Ward 1 Councilman Andre Knight announced this week he will seek re-election to the Rocky Mount City Council.
Knight said he is running again to continue the progress starting to happen in the realm of housing, jobs and crime reduction.
“Now is not the time to slide backwards,” he said in a press release. “We have come too far as a city and in our ward to compromise the progress that is finally being made.”
Knight supported an effort to increase the budget allotted to demolishing dilapidated houses and encouraged infrastructure improvements to the Crossing at 64 to make way for development.
He said he also has encouraged new housing projects and renovating existing housing.
“By revitalizing and cleaning up these neighborhoods and getting rid of buildings that have become eyesores, I think it has given people hope,” Knight said. “I think it has given people a different perspective of their neighborhood, and it makes them feel better about where they live.”
Knight, who has served on the council since 2003, said he plans to continue the fight to reduce utility costs if re-elected. Knight has served on the N.C. Eastern Municipal Power Agency Board of Commissioners for several years, and he was a proponent of opposing the Duke Energy and Progress Energy merger unless cities such as Rocky Mount received some debt relief.
Knight said he has worked on relieving the burden of high utility bills on city residents. The city has designated a city employee to provide in-depth help to utility customers with expensive bills and limited funds to pay them.
Knight said the employee goes a step further than the city’s WARM program and looks at other agencies and programs that might help residents.
Former Police Chief John Manley, who is running for the Ward 1 seat, said not enough has been done to lower utility bills.
“The voters can see what I’ve done,” Knight said. “I’m running on my record of action.”
Knight also serves as the president of the local NAACP, a position he has held for 10 years.
“I am the candidate that has fought for fairness in opportunities for all of our citizens in every community in our city and region,” Knight stated in the press release. “I am still the people’s servant and voice, and I still want to serve the residents of Ward 1.”