MINT HILL — For the first time in over two decades, Ted Biggers’ name will not be on the November election ballot.
Biggers announced June 26 that he will not seek an 11th term as mayor of Mint Hill.
Biggers said he is stepping down to spend more time with his wife, three children and one grandchild. Biggers is also helping take care of his 96-year-old mother, and he said that also factored into his decision.
“I have reached a point in my life where I want to have a little bit more freedom as far as going out of town, taking vacations and spending time with the family,” Biggers said. “I think it is the right time for me to retire from public service and do more family time and community service. Myself and my family are also taking care of my 96-year-old mother, and she is doing good. But I want to spend more time with her.’’
Biggers was first elected mayor without opposition in 1999 and was re-elected nine times, including five times when he did not face an opponent. In the four elections he faced an opponent, Biggers received at least 70 percent of the vote each time. Biggers, a retired airline pilot and U.S. Air Force veteran, served one term on the board of commissioners before being elected mayor.
As mayor, Biggers helped steer the town toward a town manager form of government, create the Mint Hill Police Department and bring the fire department under the town’s umbrella while keeping the tax rate among the lowest in the state for towns of comparable size.
But Biggers said the support Mint Hill shows toward military veterans is his proudest accomplishment.
“The way our town supports veterans and having the annual Veterans Day Breakfast, it is very gratifying to see how our town comes together to support the men and women who have served our country,” Biggers said.
Editor’s note: A more detailed look into Biggers’ tenure as mayor will appear in the July 5 edition of Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly.