Mayor and City Council



Mayor Charlie Martin

Is a longtime resident of Belmont. He is married to Dot Martin and has five children. Mayor Martin worked in the insurance business for over thirty-five years as an agent and manager and business owner. He is a two time president of the Gaston County Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors and a past area vice-president of the North Carolina Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors.

He is a graduate of Belmont Abbey College and currently serves on the Alumni Board. He currently serves on the Gaston County Parks and Recreation Commission, the Gaston County Travel and Tourism Board and the Stowe Family YMCA Board.

Contact: Charlie Martin


Charlie Flowers

Is a native of Belmont. Wife, Arlene is a registered nurse. They have one son Chuck and two grandsons, Jack and Payton. Charlie is a graduate of Gaston College, Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute; Mid Atlantic Bible College and Seminary. Retired Chief of Police of Belmont with 31 years of service. Attends Unity Baptist Church where he serves as Trustee and Deacon and missionary to Native Americans.
Charlie Flowers


Ron Foulk

Ron Foulk is a 38 year resident of Belmont. He is a retired Gaston County Elementary School Principal. Ron graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Appalachian State University with an Ed.S Degree in Educational Administration. Ron was twice recognized as Gaston County Principal of the Year. He is married with two sons: Lance and John and has five grandchildren.

Ron enjoys hiking and outdoor activities. He has been fortunate to have the opportunity to hike mountains in Africa, South America, Asia, and the United States.

ContactRon Foulk



Ryan Schrift

Ryan Schrift is a 5 year resident of Belmont. He is the founder and an LPL Financial Advisor at R.J. Schrift Private Asset Management located in the Stowe Building on Main Street.  He graduated from Washington & Jefferson College’s Department of Business and Economics with a B.A. in Accounting and a minor in Philosophy.  As a Past President of the Gaston County Jaycees, a member of Queen of the Apostles Finance Council, Board of Advisor for the Gaston Regional Chamber of Commerce, and former Planning and Zoning board member Schrift brings a diverse background to City Council. 

Schrift has been recognized with numerous Gaston County Jaycee Awards, the North Carolina Jaycees “Charles Hawkins” Award as a top president in North Carolina, and the Gaston Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Vision Award as Entrepreneur of the Year.  Schrift is newly married to Andrea Grenier Shrift, a Gastonia native and the Chairman of the Board for the Gaston County Jaycees. 

Contact: Ryan Schrift

Martha Stowe

Martha is a native of Lincolnton, NC, but has lived in Belmont for 31 years. She is a math teacher at South Point High School, and was the Gaston Gazette NIE Teacher of the year 2005-2006. Martha is married with three children: Amanda, Rusty, Christopher and son-in-law Shawn Hinson. She was named the First Presbyterian Church Educator of the Year 2001. Martha is a proud Wake Forest University Graduate, and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Martha is active in the community with: Keep Belmont Beautiful, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden Board of Visitors, Connect Gaston Greenway Planning Board. She is a former Elder at First Presbyterian Church, where she serves on the Education Committee. Her mother was former teacher and her father was health inspector and fire chief.
Contact: Martha Stowe

  Richard Turner


Belmont City Councilman Richard Turner is a 21 year resident of Belmont. Prior to being elected to Belmont’s City Council he served Belmont and its citizens for 2 terms on Belmont’s Planning and Zoning Board and Belmont’s Park and Recreation Advisory Board. As Chairman of the Park and Rec. Board Richard identified the vacant city owned property on Brook Street as a site for a much-needed city park and was instrumental in developing the concept and bringing it to a reality.
Married for 22 years to his wife Marie they have three children attending Belmont Public schools. He has served Belmont Central Elementary in several roles including President and Vice president of the schools PTO. While Vice-President he wrote a successful grant application that brought much needed playground equipment to the school. He has also served Page Primary School as the School Improvement Team (SIT) representative.
Richard is committed to the preservation of the Historic homes and mill’s that gives Belmont its unique charm and character while also recognizing the need to allow for complimentary growth. Finding the balance in these two elements will ensure that Belmont continues to be a place that people want to call home.
Recognition of his concern over growth and its impact on roads and traffic issues led to him being nominated to serve on the GCLMPO (Gaston, Cleveland, Lincoln Metropolitan Planning Organization) which addresses the transportation needs of these counties. As Belmont’s representative to the GCLMPO Richard will ensure that our current and future needs as a community are always on the radar of this Metropolitan Planning organization.
Mr. Turner can be reached at 704-685-3139 with any questions or concerns.

Contact: Richard Turner


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