Candidate Questionnaire: Mark Stohlman

Morrisville, NC – This is an installment in our Candidate 2017 series, in which candidates get to respond in their own words to the same three questions.

We publish the responses in the order we receive them. This questionnaire is submitted by Mark Stohlman, running for Mayor of Morrisville.

Why are you running?

The theme of my campaign is “Promises Kept”. We have started more significant road and parks and recreation projects in the past 18 months than we have in the past 18 years. Morrisville has started construction on the 2-mile McCrimmon/NC 54 Bypass, we got funding for widening Morrisville-Carpenter Road to 4 lanes from the railroad tracks to Davis Drive, we’ve started construction on the Hatcher-Crabtree Creek Greenway which will create a world-class greenway from Davis Drive to Lake Crabtree along the banks of Crabtree Creek. We’ve seen the opening of both the Northwest Park near Breckenridge and Church Street Park, which features the area’s only regulation cricket grounds. We will soon begin the renovation of the Morrisville Aquatics and Fitness Center, a project that was approved by voters 5 years ago.

While all these projects have been started, I would like to see them completed, on-time and within budget.

What are your top three priorities and how will you accomplish them?

  1. Complete the road projects outlined above and plan for future improvements to NC 54, McCrimmon Parkway and Aviation Parkway.
  2. Complete the major parks and rec projects such as Hatcher-Crabtree Creek Greenway project, renovation of Morrisville Aquatics and Fitness Center and install lights at Church Street Park for expanded field use and cricket tournaments.
  3. More school options for Morrisville residents and to maintain our AAA bond ratings with Moody’s, Standard and Poors and Fitch rating agencies, which in turn helps keep our property tax rates low.

Give us a brief bio and tell us about your relevant experience

Came to the Triangle in 1993 to attend the UNC Kenan-Flagler School of Business. I first joined the Town Council in 2007 and was elected Mayor in 2013. I have also been an audit advisory member of with RTP Federal Credit Union.  Currently a HOA board member with our neighborhood and was recently appointed by the Governor to the Board of Trustees with North Carolina’s Local Government Retirement System. Married to Kelly, an elementary school teacher and have two adult children that attended UNC Chapel Hill.

I’m a North Carolina CPA since 1995 and am currently the Controller for five companies in RTP that support the Pharmaceutical and Clinical Research Organization industries.


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5 replies
  1. pete martin
    pete martin says:

    What promise did you keep???you mean more apartments and traffic. While we are at it, do not forget that you were against the bond issuance that is now being used for the road improvements. lets be real and speak the truth.

    You are the worst Mayor that we have seen in my 21 years in town.

    Former Morrisville Council member and mayor Pro-tem

    • Patty C in Morrisville
      Patty C in Morrisville says:

      From the former Town Council member who advocated that all Morrisville Residents should have a tax increase because the town was growing so quickly, we always generated more revenue than predicted, the town’s fund balance was above what was recommended for municipal savings, and Morrisville Town Council chose to take $800,000.00 “out of fund balance” to spend on much needed capital investments.

  2. Patty C in Morrisville
    Patty C in Morrisville says:

    Hey Steve Diehl, I think the proposed tax increase was in 2008-2009. which is how you were voted in to Town Council since you only supported a 5% annual tax increase.
    Since Cary, Raleigh, and Durham all charge residents waste collection fee, Morrisville no longer has the lowest tax rate in the county. Cary now boasts a lower tax rate.

    Since you objected to the Town’s Aquatics and Fitness Center being efficiently managed by a non-profit like the YMCA, we are now 5 years into the approved Bond Referendum and the project that you championed by personally casting 13 votes for the CIP project yourself in the Morrisville survey – well, it does not appear those who are charged with the expansion for which you advocated know if Morrisville’s high school students will ever be able to use the projected $6 million facility for an official high school swim meet.

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