C. Bradley Hunt II

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Residential address: High Street (map)

Incumbent or challenger? Challenger

Age: 25

Campaign website: None

Endorsement: Guilford County Community PAC

Occupation and employer: Student, NC A&T University

Previous electiveexperience (including election campaigns): Volunteer for Gladys Robinson for NC Senate and Marcus Brandon for NCHouse, 2010; and for Barack Obama for President, 2008

Civic and volunteerexperience (including service on city commissions and boards): Political affairs chair, Greensboro NAACP; boardmember, Guilford County Community PAC; mentor, New Light At-RiskIntergenerational Outreach Program

Education (highest degreeattained and name of institution): Graduate,Western Guilford High School (seniorpolitical science major at NC A&T University)

Party registration: Democrat (nonpartisan contest)

What is the city of yourbirth? Greensboro

Paid consultants workingon your campaign: None

Campaign manager: Courtney Hunt

Treasurer: Tristan Harley

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

I strongly oppose the reopening of the White Street Landfill for household waste because no amount off savings is worth the health and quality of life of the residents that live near the landfill. Secondly, it would be irresponsible and short sighted to open a landfill that is situated within the city’s urban loop and stifle the only area for development in the city. Lastly, reopening the landfill in this section of Greensboro could possibly be viewed as environmental racism, which would create further division within the city. As a city, we must stress the importance of conserving and recycling to ultimately reduce the amount of trash our city consumes. I believe that the regional concept is the best and most viable alternative to reopening the White Street Landfill.

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

I believe the function of the "strong manager" form of government should be that of removing politics from administration. If the city manager is nonpartisan and nonpolitical then I am definitely for this form of government.

Should the city of Greensboro place more or less emphasis on maintaining a healthy water and sewer fund to plan for future growth? Why or why not?

There is no question that the city should place more emphasis on maintaining a healthy water and sewer fund in its growth management planning. It is evident that water is one of our most vital natural resources and proactive measures are required to ensure that this resource is available and accessible to future residents.

The city’s tax base has remained flat for the past two years in a row, and the foreclosure crisis continues unabated. As a member of city council, how would you balance the need to fund services such as police patrol, fire protection and park maintenance that are important to citizens with the reality that the revenue picture remains bleak?

In order for us to maintain and improve these necessary entities/agencies during these bleak economic times we must prioritize the importance of the services and as surplus becomes available we should make the necessary investments. The city needs to adopt a progressive tax increase program to ensure that services are available to the citizenry. Providing these necessary services for the citizens of Greensboro is of the utmost importance to me.

Do you believe that city staff deserves council support to implement a program to spend federal grant money to improve the energy efficiency of residences and businesses, or does this program warrant additional oversight from council? Briefly explain your position.

If the grant is specific in its application, then no, the city staff should be able to implement the program without additional oversight from council.

How would you assess the value and effectiveness of Greensboro’s Rental Unit Certificate of Occupancy program, which is now prohibited under state law?

Greensboro’s RUCO program is valuable in the fact that it seeks to guarantee that rental homes meet minimum housing standards. If properly implemented, the RUCO program could be an asset for the city.

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

The city should hire the most knowledgeable and efficient agency to manage and operate the farmers curb market.

What, if anything, should be done to resolve racial tensions, and to enhance professionalism, integrity and fairness within the Greensboro Police Department?

The GPD needs a citizens review board with subpoena power.

What would you change about Greensboro’s land-use patterns if the decision were yours to make? Please answer the question in terms of places people live, work and shop, in terms of the modes of transportation people use to get from point to point and the vitality of neighborhoods and commercial corridors?

Greensboro’s land-use patterns can stand improvement, especially in districts 1 and 2.

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

Greensboro’s greatest asset is its people. Its most pressing problem is unemployment.

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2011 general election voter guide (link)

Taxes and spending: Where Greensboro City Council candidates stand (link)

Mayoral challenger Perkins swamps incumbent Knight (link)

A&T vote inspires fiery city council campaigning (link)

2011 primary election endorsement & voter guide (link)

Wade, Knight make no apologies for landfill decision (link)

Northeast Greensboro council incumbent challenges the challengers (link)

Candidate profile: C. Bradley Hunt II (link)