Twinkle Patel, a resident of Maggie Valley for 23 years, High Country Republican Women's treasurer and founding member, successful and responsible business owner, mother and current MV Alderwoman did a stellar job at the candidates' debate this evening. She drew the first spot to respond to the moderator's questions followed by Jeff Lee, John Hinton and Jim Owens.
She stated her positions clearly and with enthusiasm for the responsible development and respectful growth of Maggie Valley. Twinkle feels strongly about keeping the residential mountain charm and encouraging ecotourism while also promoting wholesome family entertainment and fun. She stated her support of the food truck project and helped institute the trial period to keep business in Maggie Valley. She spoke to several restaurant owners for their opinions and found them in favor of the food truck experience especially for young families. She stressed the need to pay town staff a better wage to keep them from going to other higher paying nearby towns. If Maggie Valley has a higher tax base with new development, Twinkle would like the Aldermen to lower taxes for residents and businesses. She also felt that there needs to be more transparency regarding the Aldermen's town meetings and decisions which recent technology would allow. She felt technology would keep so many more Maggie Valley folks better informed especially in this era of COVID and ultra-busy schedules for many hard working families.
Twinkle was the youngest candidate, the most open to gathering information from all parties concerned on an issue, and the most willing to seek solutions to better the town while keeping the delicate balance between the old and the new.
She will be an excellent Alderwoman for Maggie Valley. Please vote for Twinkle Patel. Early voting starts on October 14th and the last day to vote is November 2. She is running for a four year term as Maggie Valley Alderwoman.