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Meet the Candidate: Anita McCall

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER

Staff Writer

 

A North Carolina native, Republican Board of Commissioners candidate Anita McCall was born and raised in Stanley. When she was not studying in school, McCall could be found working.

“When I was 12, I started working with a local florist in Stanley,” McCall said. “I’ve always loved flowers and gardening.”

At the age of 16, McCall accepted a job as a Winn Dixie cashier, where she quickly rose through the ranks, becoming the youngest department manager at the age of 19. At 22, McCall began working as a Computer Aided Design Draftsperson for the Gaston County Dyeing Machine Company.

“I was originally hired to run the drawings and designs,” McCall said. “After only three months of working there, I had revamped the whole system. I had 16 months of AutoCAD experience before I started attending AutoCAD courses at Gaston College. I even helped teach night classes there.”

It was love that brought McCall to Lincoln County.

“My husband and I were introduced through a mutual friend,” she said. “I was a single mom at the time, and I had sworn I was never getting married again. Chuck was the District Manager of Social Security, living in Lincolnton.”

The couple dated for only a few years before getting married. McCall and her daughter, Brittany McCall McDaniel, then moved into her new husband’s home in downtown Lincolnton.

Sixteen years later, the couple still lives in the heart of the city, only a brief walk from the Court Square.

Her daughter, now 26, lives in downtown Stanley with her husband, Jason McDaniel. The couple is expecting their first child later this year.

“Brittany is four months expecting, and I am excited to meet my future grandson,” McCall said.

Over the next 25 years, McCall’s passion for engineering continued to grow as she designed plans for the mechanical, industrial electrical controls and civil/geological field. However, when the economy began its downward trend in 2008, McCall was given an opportunity to pursue a passion much closer to her heart.

“When the economy went down, my husband told me, ‘Do what you want to do; do volunteer work,’” McCall said.

Having more or less retired from her engineering career, McCall spends the majority of her time immersed in volunteer work throughout the community.

“Not having a full-time job allows me to dedicate 100 percent of my time to a county commissioner position,” McCall said. “I plan to be the legs for the County Commissioners. I could walk and survey land proposals and talk to people. I’m young, and I have the energy and knowledge for this position.”

Her service to the community spans many organizations. In 2011, she was named the American Red Cross Health and Safety Volunteer of the Year for Lincoln County. McCall has previously sat on the Board of Directors for Lincoln County Family YMCA and serves as a Lincoln County BPW member and Cultural Center Volunteer. Currently, she is serving on the quasi-judicial Lincolnton Planning and Zoning Board as Vice-Chair as well as the Board of Adjustments as the first alternate. In addition, McCall also serves on the Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce’s Education Committee, responsible for assisting in their fundraising “Adult Spelling Bee,” which provides scholarships to each of the local high schools and provides funding for the Chamber of Commerce. However, one of McCall’s biggest community service accomplishments has been the founding of the Lincoln Lovely Ladies organization, a volunteer group orchestrating various community projects.

“The Lincoln Lovely Ladies started out in 2009 with three ladies, and now we have more than 350 women in the organization,” she said. “We raise money for St. Jude’s, Muscular Dystrophy Awareness and volunteer at festivals, the Cultural Center, Alive After Five events and for several other good causes.”

McCall explained that Lincoln Lovely Ladies is not affiliated with any political or religious group.

“The group helps ladies share ‘life’ together, assisting each other in their passions and just loving one another, regardless of things that can separate us,” she said.

Being so immersed in the community, McCall feels her knack for social media has truly helped her, both in and out of the political realm.

“Accountability and availability is huge,” McCall said. “Some of the county commissioners only list their home phone number as their contact number. But listing just a phone home number isn’t going to cut it anymore; we’re all so plugged in to technology. It’s expected for you to be reachable, and I can be reached 24-7. I know I won’t have all the answers, but I’m willing to listen to issues and carry that back to the board. People need to know that they have the ears of the commissioners.

“There’s so many avenues and places people can plug into,” she said.  “You will make a difference — everyone can make a difference, because we’re all part of a big puzzle that allows us to do better for our community.”

 

 

Image courtesy of Jaclyn Anthony / Lincoln Times-News

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