Thank you for taking the time to get to know a little bit about me and my campaign. My name is Robert Weltzin and I am running for Mayor of Raleigh. I grew up in a modest household, and I am the youngest of 6 children. My parents ran a bible camp in Michigan. Growing up I learned to be polite and courteous to everyone. Where I grew up you looked after your neighbor and would help anyone in need. As a chiropractor I still provide house calls to our communities less fortunate. Having taught as a college professor for 9 years at an evening community college I know people want to improve their family’s economic condition. I’ve assisted in enhancing the quality of life of people through higher education. In 2006 I sold my chiropractic practice to join the Army Reserve because of the war and my belief that not just the young should make the commitment to serve. I went through basic training at 38 years old and then Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning GA. I’m currently a Captain with the Military Police. I’ve deployed to Afghanistan as a company commander and has served as an executive officer of a battalion. I broke both ankles in the Army and I am a disabled veteran.
If I am elected Mayor I will support cutting taxes, spend smarter, and focus on basic infrastructure. Raleigh deserves visible effective leadership.
The City currently spends 72 million dollars on Leisure Services, that’s parks and Art. I believe our parks and Arts are Raleigh’s gems and I will work to preserve them. In comparison, the Fire Departments budget is 49.5 million dollars. 72 million for Leisure Services, 49.5 million dollars fire department. Do you see why the Raleigh City Arts Chairman is the mayor’s campaign Treasurer?
I promise to assist our City employees. The City’s Employee grievances committee cannot even address the basic concerns of our workers. We have public safety personal that can not even afford to live in the community they protect.
I will personally be involved in our City’s homeless issue. I will assist a nonprofit organization to spearhead this effort. The fact that Raleigh is a top ten city and we do not have centralized resources to assist our city’s less fortunate is disheartening. There will not be any closed door sessions or secret emails with alternative motives. Our City’s less fortunate need a more comprehensive system to get back on their feet. I would like to see a non-profit organization take the lead to provide a centralized location that can provide a roof over their head and a table to sit at for every meal. Some of these individuals need medical assistance, and mental health services. We must provide more resources to identify why these individuals are homeless and what needs to be done to find them a job and a permanent living solution.
Our current mayor is out of touch with the people, and finances, she donated 235,000 dollars to her campaign that only pays 20,000 dollars. The mayor recently approved a change to the City’s Internal Audit system, now the auditors will report directly to the City Manager instead of the CFO. Where is the transparency? If I am elected mayor I will not be swayed by special interest groups.
I have seen good leadership and I have seen bad leadership. Raleigh needs good visible effective leadership. My name is Robert Weltzin and I’m running for Mayor of Raleigh. I am asking for your vote on October 8th. Thank you for your support.
Captain Robert Weltzin
Captain Weltzin was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant on August 2 2007 after graduating from the Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, GA. He continued his training at the Basic Officer Leadership Course II at Fort Sill, OK. After completing his Military Police Officer Basic Course at Fort Leonard Wood, MO Captain Weltzin was assigned as a Military Police Officer to 348th MP Company, 530th MP BN in Ames, IA. While being assigned to the 348th MP Co. Captain served as Platoon Leader and Executive Officer. During Annual Training then First Lieutenant Weltzin served as officer in charge of three separate units with a total of 317 Soldiers during the 29 day exercise.
In May 2010, Captain Weltzin relocated his family from Urbandale Iowa to Raleigh North Carolina. On the 26 September 2010 Captain Weltzin assumed command of the HHC 535th MP BN as Company Commander where he was tasked with a contingency mission to Afghanistan, along with 147 Soldiers. Under his command, the unit provided support of a detention facility and its operations.
Upon returning to the States, Captain Weltzin assumed the position of Executive Officer and Operations Officer of the 327th Military Police Battalion, Arlington Heights, IL. Captain Weltzin is proud of the unit’s current metrics placing it second within the entire 200th Military Police Command.
Captain Weltzin’s military decorations include the German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency, gold, National Defense Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon.
Captain Weltzin graduated with a Doctorate in Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic, Davenport IA and has been a licensed Chiropractor for 15 years. Captain Weltzin ran a successful Chiropractic Practice prior to joining the Army. He has taught Human Anatomy, Physiology, Biology and Microbiology to nursing students. Captain Weltzin has completed one year of graduate studies toward his PhD in Neuroscience from Iowa State University, and he hopes to continue his research interest in neuron regeneration and elongation of axon pathways.
CPT Weltzin is married to Joelle and they reside in Raleigh, NC. They have one son Connor 20, currently studying Physics at Michigan State University and Wake Tech Community College.
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Robert Weltzin announces candidacy for Mayor of Raleigh
As a citizen of Raleigh, it is truly my pleasure to announce my candidacy for Mayor of Raleigh. I have lived a good life and I wish to continue serving our community by becoming your next Mayor.
Deciding to run was a difficult decision knowing the transparency we need now more than ever, which requires a thorough investigation of the candidates. You deserve a Mayor who will look out for your interests and who will be direct and honest with you at all times. To that end, I will be the first to share with you that I have some regrets, including a first offense DUI in August 2010.
To this day, I still do not remember the details of that incident. Thankfully, there were no injuries, but nonetheless life has a way of teaching us hard lessons, doesn't it? This mistake has been a constant reminder for me because I have a brother who was paralyzed by a drunk driver 25 years ago when he was only 20 years old.
I have always been drawn to public service. Because of this, for example, I sold my chiropractic practice in 2006 to join the Army Reserve. I entered basic training at age 38. Upon finishing the 50-week training program and graduating from Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia, I eventually moved to Raleigh in 2010 and took command of a United States Army Reserve Military Police Company that deployed to Afghanistan. I have since served as a Battalion Operations Officer and Battalion Executive Officer for another unit.
I ask the citizens of Raleigh to consider what I can bring to the position and how much time I can devote to our city. Raleigh needs a Mayor to constantly build on the ever-evolving community and have the forward thinking to assist in developing new jobs to keep pace with the current population growth. We also have an increase in crime that must be addressed. That is why I am running for Mayor of Raleigh. My name is Robert Weltzin and I would like your vote on 10/8/2013.
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