Hendersonville Lightning: Gregory cruises in Flat Rock

From the Lightning:

Susan Gregory cruised to victory in her bid for a full term on the Flat Rock Village Council, turning back challenger Jim Hart with 62 percent of the vote.

In uncontested races, Matthew A. Toner III was elected to the District 1 seat and Barbara W. Jeter won the District 3 seat.

Gregory, a retired FBI agent who worked extensively in national security, could not immediately reached for comment after her win.

“I am a candidate because, after filling a vacancy on the Council for the better part of a year, I found the role to be my most fulfilling volunteer job ever, and I want to continue to serve,” she said in the Lightning‘s Q&A before the election.

Hart, who lives in Staton Woods, signed up to run after his frustration over receiving permits from the village to repair his home after storm damage.

“My priority,” he said, “will be to streamline the process of being able to acquire the permits to repair, change and improve the time wasted in permits for property owners.”

Gregory, who was appointed to the Village Council last year, said in the Lightning Q&A that she wants to focus on planning.

“My priority has been and, if elected, will be to prepare for the inevitable changes that will come to Flat Rock and ensure that our important policies and ruling documents — the Comprehensive Land Use Plan and the Land Development Ordinance — will support and maintain the character and beauty of Flat Rock,” she said.

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