Island Gazette Candidate's Corner: Vince Losito For Carolina Beach Council

Island Gazette Candidate's Corner: Vince Losito For Carolina Beach Council

Island Gazette Candidate's Corner: Vince Losito For Carolina Beach Council Featured

By / Local News / Tuesday, 26 October 2021 19:07

If you are elected on to council, what will be the first thing you do? 

The first thing that I will do is try to meet with each and every department head at town hall to understand their perspective on what is needed to be done and in what order.  I think the town manager and council need to be aligned as to priorities.  I would also ask for an evaluation of the town’s financial situation and what its true borrowing capacity is at this time and also ask for a review of all town owned properties to see if there are any assets to be monetized.

   Do you feel like Carolina Beach Town Staff is working effectively?  

I believe staff is working effectively but not staffed to work efficiently.  There is a difference between effective and efficient.  I would like staff to be more proactive instead of reactive.

 If not, what will you change? 

I would like to review the org structure with the town manager to see if there are gaps in competencies that need to be addressed and for ideas on how we can work smarter.  I know the efficiency study highlighted certain areas that needed to be addressed.  I also know that we need to start the process of looking for replacements as I believe some key individuals are probably nearing retirement.

 What specific skills do you bring to council should you be elected?  

I have had a successful and proven 30 year career in finance. I have an expansive background in investing and searching for the best sources of financing. My expertise is in strategic planning and forward thinking and bringing groups of people with diverse interests to a consensus for the best outcome for now and for the future.  We need to scrutinize every dime we spend in order to ensure we achieve these results. We need to make sure every tax dollar we receive from our residents is used for their best interests.  I have made a career of making and maintaining banking relationships, investor relationships, government relationships and I will do everything I can to do so for the town of Carolina Beach to ensure we tackle the critical issues as well as to maintain the small-town charm.  Additionally, I have served on the senior leadership teams of the companies for whom I have worked and feel that additional leadership capabilities will be needed to help make the difficult decisions that will need to be made.

I asked both Mayoral candidates this in a different form, what was your biggest disappointment made by standing council?  

I think the biggest disappointment is not taking more of a leadership role during the last 2 years.  This was a time that required more, not less, communication.   I know some council members made a very strong attempt at communications (for which I applaud them), but in general there was a lack leadership, communication, and accountability at council.  We can attribute some of that to Covid but I think good leaders find a way to adapt and be more flexible.  We all know what the needs of our town are. Council’s job is to prioritize those needs and I know how to budget, how to invest and how to borrow for those needs.  Our town’s top priorities are to ensure our infrastructure, storm and water sewage systems and flooding are taken care of. This is what our taxpayers pay for and they deserve nothing less.

Some residents have commented that their quality of life is diminishing? 

How do you reassure them?   I have not generally heard such comments, but I think they can be attributed to the fact that there is so much growth and development going on in this town, that people feel that their quality of life is changing.  I think we need to reassure people that change does not have to equal a diminished quality of life.  We need to address the challenges that are in front of us with an open mind.  One thing I think we all can agree on is that we do NOT want to change the family friendly, close-knit community feeling that exists here but there is room for improvement that will be incremental to the vibe of the town.   

Any parting words for residents as we look forward to electing the next council?  

My final word would be something like this.  I know I am not the best-known candidate that is running for council but, as I have said, this is not a popularity contest.  It is the responsibility of all voters, no matter in what election, to take the time to understand where the candidates are coming from and vote for who you think has the best skill set needed to help run this town.  A vote for a friend or neighbor that may or may not be the most qualified just cancels out a vote for someone who may be better qualified and, in an election where the margin of victory can be a handful of votes, every vote matters.  Council should be working for you, the residents and voters.  Please judge me on my abilities and my unique skill set that may be lacking on council currently.  As this town faces some very expensive infrastructure projects ahead, it would benefit the town to have someone with that finance background.







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