Community Led Change
Why I Love Mint Hill
You are the reason I love Mint Hill. You and the people of Mint Hill make our town a great place to live. Everyone here has been warm and friendly and welcomed my family with open arms.
Mint Hill isn’t just a place where I live, it’s the place my family calls home.
The Future of Mint Hill
My vision is to promote every person's independence and protect their right to achieve personal success.
I've always strived to serve all parts of the community, not just one. And I'll continue this as a commissioner ensuring all of us in Mint Hill have opportunities to succeed and develop in the community.
My top priority as commissioner will be to improve communication, both from the town to its citizens and from the citizens to the town, and also from the town to outside organizations.
Specifically, I'd like to have our Board of Commissioner meetings broadcasted via a live-stream to the town’s website and shared on social media. I’d like to start the process of updating the town’s website to be more user-friendly.
Other priorities I have will be to review our code of ordinances often referred to as the UDO (Unified Development Ordinance) and update our master plan.
It’s time to determine which ordinances are working well, which ones need to be updated, which ones need to be removed and what’s missing.
I also feel it’s time for Mint Hill to develop a new master plan. Our town and the greater Charlotte area has seen unprecedented growth since our last master plan was created. With new circumstances and many new people living here, it’s time to determine what our community needs and how to best serve them into the future. Specifically, I think we need to find the answer to the question: Do our citizens want to work in Mint Hill, or commute to Charlotte to work? That answer determines the direction of growth in our town.
Our town has changed and continues to grow, there are many issues and situations to be addressed, it’s impossible for me to try to predict how I would vote on each one. My promise to you is to be thoughtful in making every decision, to listen to the community's thoughts and feelings and to keep the lines of communication open between the town and the people of Mint Hill.
Helping Our Community
I love giving back and helping our community.
I’ve been serving as an Ambassador for the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce for 2 years and have been able to volunteer my time to serve on many committees, help with membership campaigns and act as a public relations liaison regarding networking and social events sponsored by the Chamber.
Being a small business owner in Mint Hill myself I have a personal interest in the well-being of the community. I seek to provide support to the entities that help keep money in the community, support local charities and reflect the culture of our town.
I proudly serve our Veterans and military families through service in the VFW Post 4051 Ladies Auxiliary as its Secretary.
I’m a proud member of the Mint Hill Kiwanis Club who make a positive impact for the children of our local schools through the Terrific Kids program and the Key Club.
I am a current board member for Mint Hill Events, and help coordinate town-led events with support for their marketing and communications efforts, like Mint Hill Madness and the Moving Wall.
A changing Mint Hill is inevitable, but smart and intentional development is possible.
Fostering Mint Hill’s growth while preserving and promoting our community is necessary to ensure our town continues to be a close-knit community with a small-town feel.
This has been the goal of my involvement in previous town projects and will continue to be how I serve Mint Hill as a commissioner.
Who is Jessi Healey?
This is a common question. Who am I?
The short answer is, I’m a Mint Hill resident and local business owner who loves our town.
I’m also a bridge builder. Not a literal one, but a figurative one. I love to bridge the gap between people, ideas and organizations through effective communication.
As a girl growing up and working on my family’s farm in Maryland, I learned the lessons and rewards of hard work. My father and grandfather also ran two local pubs. I grew to understand the value of local small business, and I also learned of the struggles of entrepreneurship and the risks associated – Lessons I continue to carry with me today being an entrepreneur and small business owner myself.
As a wife to a United States Army Veteran, I supported my husband, Jason, in his service to our country in Iraq and Afghanistan. Like my husband, I too, wholeheartedly believe that when your country calls, you answer in the way you can.
During Jason’s service I became an active member and eventually the leader of the Family Readiness Group (FRG), an Army command sponsored organization of volunteers; I was able to do my part by providing support and information to family members of deployed loved ones, as well as helping families new to Army life get acclimated. I followed on to serving on the executive board of the Spouse’s Club as Parliamentarian; reviewing and re-writing their by-laws.
All this experience led up to me starting up an unprecedented Ladies Auxiliary for our local VFW post in Germany. As founding President, I implemented programs to raise funds and put on community events. Most importantly, we participated in the homecoming ceremonies for returning service members.
Many of them did not have any family members to greet them since we were overseas in Germany and we felt every Soldier deserves to be welcomed home, so we attended every ceremony to shake every Soldier’s hand and welcome them home. To this day, it is one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done.
After Jason returned from his second deployment, our family was transferred to Fort Riley, Kansas. It was there where I accepted a position as a reporter for the post newspaper. I learned the infrastructure of an independent town. Instead of taking the familiar role of an organizer, I had the opportunity and privilege to tell the stories of so many admirable people who were working hard to make life better for others. It was humbling for sure and I remain honored to this day that I was charged with that task.
It wasn’t until I started writing as a reporter for that newspaper that I realized I was a writer, though now it seems like it’s been so obvious my whole life. I embraced my new-found calling and received four Kansas Press Association Awards for excellence in journalism for both my writing and photography in the process. I also contributed to the 18 awards the newspaper received, including best front page.
During Jason’s service, he had sustained an injury, which unfortunately progressed and eventually led to our family’s departure from military life. At this point, the search was on to find our new home and the task was not taken lightly. I spent a lot of time thinking about what was important to us as a family.
With a good job market, affordable housing and a great Veterans Affairs hospital; the Charlotte area seemed to fit the bill. Narrowing down the search even more to small towns around the city, Mint Hill seemed to be the perfect place. With the favorable growth projections for the town along with the good schools and a close community, it felt like the right decision.
Making Mint Hill my home.
Almost five years later – Mint Hill has not just become our home; it’s where we have put down our roots. Looking back – I don’t think we could have chosen a better town.
I’m running for Mint Hill Commissioner because I want to give back to a community that has given so much of itself to our transplanted family – Our daughters have been gifted a place to belong and say where they are “from” as they move on through life.
Thank you for your support in my journey to serve – to be a voice for our town.
I am proud to call Mint Hill home.
As a leader – I would be honored to accept the challenges of serving as your Commissioner.
Together we can achieve community-led change!