Bradford Cone

by Yes Weekly Election Coverage

Residential address: Sunset Circle (map)

Incumbent or challenger: Challenger

Age: 31

Campaign website or blog: None

Occupation and employer: EMT, Cary Area EMS

Previous elective experience (including election campaigns):Volunteer, Pricey Harrison for NC House and Jeff Thigpen for register of deeds;canvassed for Obama campaign in 2008; volunteer at Democratic Partyheadquarters

Civic and volunteer experience (including service on citycommissions and boards): Vice president of operations, Worlds Apart One Heart; volunteer,Anizade, HealthServe and Habitat for Humanity

Education (highest degree attained and name of institution):Bachelor’s degree, Rollins College

Party registration: Democrat (nonpartisan contest)

Where were you born? Durham

When did you move to Greensboro?Early 1980s

Paid consultants working on campaign: Probably not (as ofAug. 13)

Campaign manager: Not yet (as of Aug. 13)

Treasurer: Not yet (as of Aug. 13)

Do you favor or opposereopening the White Street Landfill for household waste, beyond the smallamount of sewer sludge currently accepted? Briefly explain your position.

I oppose the reopening ofthe landfill. Opening the landfill would cause health risks to the surroundingcommunities. The cancer rate around the White Street Landfill is almost doublethe cancer rate in the rest of Greensboro. Also, opening the landfill wouldlimit Greensboro’s options for expansion.

Where do you stand on the“strong manager” form of city government and why?

I support the “strong manager”form of city government. This would create a unified command for the city’s day-to-dayoperations. It would also prevent the city council from micro managing, such aswhen they fired the city attorney.

Should the city ofGreensboro place more or less emphasis on maintaining a healthy water and sewerfund to plan for future growth? Why or why not?

As Greensboro continues togrow, so will the water and sewage needs. Therefore it is important to keepfunds set aside for this growth.

The city’s tax base hasremained flat for the past two years in a row, and the foreclosure crisiscontinues unabated. As a member of city council, how would you balance the needto fund services such as police patrol, fire protection and park maintenancethat citizens care about with the reality that the revenue picture remains bleak?

These services are necessaryfor Greensboro to function as a city, and attract opportunities for growth. Isupport attracting events, such as the figure skating championship, to theGreensboro Coliseum in order to bring in visitors, stimulate the economy andincrease revenues. The science center has been able to attract visitors withexhibits such as “Bodies” and “Titanic,” that should be encouraged. In a timeof historically low interest rates, it may also be necessary to increase thecity’s debt in the short term to insure its long-term growth.

Do you believe that citystaff deserves council support to implement a program to spend federal grantmoney to improve the energy efficiency of residences and businesses, or doesthis program warrant additional oversight from council? Briefly explain yourposition.

Yes, the city council shouldsupport these programs. However they should delegate oversight to the CityManager, and not micromanage programs.

How would you assess thevalue and effectiveness of Greensboro’s Rental Unit Certificate of Occupancyprogram, which is now prohibited by state law?

The Rental Unit Certificateof Occupancy program was a good program. There should be minimum standards ofhabitability for rental properties. We should look for a way to establishstandards that do not run afoul of the state law.

How should the impasse overmanagement and operation of the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market be resolved?

This issue has beenresolved, and should be monitored to ensure it is an adequate solution.

What, if anything, should bedone to resolve racial tensions, and to enhance professionalism, integrity andfairness within the Greensboro Police Department?

There needs to be bettercommunication between the police department and the communities that theyserve. It would also be wise to look at how the LAPD and NYPD enacted reformsto their forces.

What would you change aboutGreensboro’s land-use patterns if the decision were yours to make? Pleaseanswer the question in terms of places people live, work and shop, in terms ofthe modes of transportation people use to get from point to point and thevitality of neighborhoods and commercial corridors.

We should create morebusiness and residential opportunities downtown, and improve public transit,possibly using trolleys. Public transportation should be improved so that itwill be a viable option for all citizens.

What is Greensboro’sgreatest asset? What is Greensboro’s most pressing problem?

Greensboro’s greatest assetis our diversity. The melting pot of ideas and aspirations is what made Americagreat, so we should put this to work for Greensboro.

The most pressing problem inGreensboro is the lack of jobs.

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Candidate profile: Bradford Cone (link)