HUNTERSVILLE – Huntersville leaders of tomorrow are learning an early lesson about public service and community involvement.



Mayor Jill Swain spoke to Huntersville Elementary School’s fifth-graders Sept. 25 about leadership and her role in making decisions for the town.

“There’s a difference between being a good leader and leader that leads to good things,” Swain told students.

Students quizzed Swain on the challenges that come with serving as mayor, her biggest accomplishments during her three-term mayoral career and how she balances public service with family life.

Swain told students she is particularly proud that ABB – a Swedish power and automation technologies company – opened a $90 million plant in Huntersville.

“When you have more big corporations like that, it helps your parents pay less in taxes,” Swain said.

Huntersville Elementary’s students will have their own opportunity to make a difference in their school during the upcoming weeks when student council elections take place.