I’m Andy Langford and I want to continue to serve you on the Concord City Council.
I love Concord and have a passion to strengthen our great city. Concord is the number one place to live in North Carolina. Let us work together to make Concord the number one place to live anywhere.
Why am I running again?
When I retired several years ago, I planned to work in my yard, play a little golf, travel, and spend more time with family. That was my plan.
Then, with the tragic death of my friend and neighbor Sam Leder, all that changed. I saw a void. My District #1 no-longer had an incumbent with wide support. I was humbled that over 200 individuals and families supported my campaign with gifts and help. I was elected with broad support throughout the City.
We have had and continue to have great mayors, strong city council members, active business people, engaged communities of faith and non-profits, and more. Who from our District would work with all these people to keep Concord strong and improve the quality of life for everyone?
For the past four years, I have supported the Council's decisions to not raise the tax rate, support a new parks' bond (that passed with 65% approval of citizens) create over $3 billion in new investments, enhance public art, increase awareness of diversity in our City, and so much more. See down this page for a complete list of what we have achieved.
I continue to communicate with our City. Over the past four years, I have written over 24 articles for the local "Independent Tribune" sharing with people "What I Have Learned About Concord."
I have deep experience and knowledge about the people and institutions throughout the city from downtown businesses to Concord Mills. I know our in-town neighborhoods, many of the newer neighborhoods, and the challenges we face.
I have decided to run one more time for City Council. We still have so much more to accomplish to enhance Concord as an exceptional place to live, work and play.
I believe that I have gifts that can continue to make Concord great and greater. I offer continuity and common sense. I am politically independent. I come with no personal agenda or desire to push one issue or another. I know how to build consensus and promote ambitious visions.
I listen well. Study hard. Explore all options. Am willing to make hard decisions.
I have been blessed by this community and wish to share those blessings with all people in Concord. I truly believe that I can serve all of Concord exceptionally well through serving on the City Council.
I have six core values that will guide me on the City Council:
Just like you, I chose Concord to be my home.
Just like you, I want Concord to continue to be the best place to live in North Carolina.
I am a native North Carolinian, born in Charlotte, raised in Durham, and a graduate of Davidson College and Duke University.
I am married to Sally, with two daughters, two son-in-laws, a mother-in-law at Taylor Glen, and best of all, four grandchildren.
I served United Methodist congregations for 46 years and have been a public leader in all the communities in which I have lived, serving as a PTA President and establishing food banks, and as a global leader in my denomination.
For 15 years, I served as senior pastor at Central UMC downtown, across from the public library. I learned to love the history and traditions of this town. I have read dozens of the history books about Concord in the public library. I have walked the streets and visited with thousands of neighbors.
I have had the opportunity to work with our city and county leaders and employees on common problems. I have served over three dozen of non-profits in our community from Cooperative Christian Ministry to Habitat for Humanity to the Humane Society to Meals on Wheels to CVAN and many more.
I have a deep experience and knowledge about how this community works together for the good of all people.
I have lived in Concord longer than anywhere else in my lifetime, and we decided to retire and continue our lives as a citizen of this city.
Thank you for helping me kick off my campaign to run for Concord City Council. This is an exciting endeavor for my family and I appreciate your support.
There will be a lot to do in the months leading to the election. You can help me in a variety of ways:
The CDDC fields a lot of calls about small office space and inquiries about places on Union Street. Available spaces are listed on the CDDC’s website, but listings are dependent upon owners for updates.
This exciting project will be the largest school we have and will be the first 3-story structure ever utilized in the system. With a combination of painted pre-cast concrete panels, brick veneer and architectural metal panels, the facility is sure to be a showcase school for CCS and the community.