Dan Fischer

by Yes Weekly Election Coverage

Residential address: Chapel Bend Court (map)

Incumbent or challenger: Challenger

Age: 49 (Oct. 14)

Campaign website or blog: None

Occupation and employer: Real estate investor

Previous elective experience(including election campaigns): Candidatefor Greensboro City Council District 2 in 2009; senior vice president,Association of Student Governments, University of North Carolina system,2006-2007

Civic and volunteerexperience (including service on city commissions and boards): Member, Chapel Ridge homeowners association and neighborhood watch, 2009-present; transformationalworkshops; helping refugees

Education (highest degreeattained and name of institution):Bachelor of arts in history, UNCG

Party registration: Unaffiliated (nonpartisan race)

What is the city and state ofyour birth? Ogallala, Neb.

If not Greensboro, what yeardid you move here? Coming in and out since1980, permanently located here in 2002-2003

Paid consultants working onyour campaign: None

Campaign manager: Self (as of Aug. 1)

Treasurer: Self (as of Aug. 1)

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

I do not want it opened again, but I would also like itcleaned up and set aside for another use, could be the solar farm, or anotherrenewable energy source. I would like to work with this company to see if we can make this workfor our area. If this company does what it says it can do, local farmers andthe green community should be very happy.

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

I believe that the “strong manager” form of government canwork, only if greed takes a step back. What I mean by this is that everyonethat sits on the city council has to forget what it is that they want forthemselves, and do what is best for others. This principle is as old as ourfounding fathers were.

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

Yes, the water and sewer fund for healthy reasons shouldalways be planned for. Without growth this city would die.

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

In my travels over the last two years, I have found ways tohelp others keep their homes. This, however, depends on lots of factors. Iwould like to see if we can work with local banks and their managers to see ifwe could work through this issue so that we could get our revenue flowingagain. Most of what the problem is the upside-down mortgages and the fact thatpeople don’t want to pay anything that is upside down.

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

Yes, I would support that easily. I would also like tooffer up this website,‘ explains how they have used nanoscience to help reduce heat loss transfer in this paint. This paint is alsocertified by the EPA to encapsulate lead paint. I want to get NC A&T andUNCG to start working on producing this paint inside the US, and what betterplace than Greensboro, a town already set up for manufacturing?

How would you assess the value and effectiveness ofGreensboro’s Rental Unit Certificate of Occupancy program, which is nowprohibited by state law?

Having seen the difference from before the RUCO programand after, I would have to fight to get that reinstated. Having lived in sub-parhousing while I was stationed at Camp Lejeune, I believe that everyone shouldhave the basics of a good home and someone responsible for it.

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

I know one thing for sure: It shouldn’t be managed by theColiseum. But if I thought about it, I would have to talk with and work throughthe department of our county that helps farmers out. This would be the logicalchoice for my thought pattern. I would even drop it in the city manager’s lapand let him deal with running it.

What, if anything, should be done to resolve racialtensions, and to enhance professionalism, integrity and fairness within theGreensboro Police Department?

I said this last time: A non-political group of individualsthat has an oversight into what is going on, maybe we can sit down with theNAACP, and other organizations to figure it out. Maybe we can talk with thediffering law schools in the state to help get a proposal together. We havesome of the brightest young minds sitting in these schools and the professorsteaching them, so let us utilize them.

What would you change about Greensboro’s land use patternsif the decision were yours to make? Please answer the question in terms ofplaces people live, work and shop, in terms of the modes of transportation peopleuse to get from point to point and the vitality of neighborhoods and commercialcorridors?

First, I would havesidewalks placed on both sides of every major thoroughfare we have inGreensboro. Like Lee Street, Yanceville Street, Church Street, Lees Chapel Road,Elm Street and others (not limited to these either). We already have a greenway,so let us set up some other pedestrian friendly routes around town.

Second, I wouldinterconnect all bus routes and change the bus times to run every 15 minutesand change the buses to run on either electricity, or a renewable resource. Thismight mean changing bus routes entirely.

Third, with a majorbypass coming around the northern side of Greensboro, I would want to see morefamily-friendly shops and commercial places.

Fourth, I would lookat where people live and how affordable housing can be and try to work withdevelopers to have some affordable homes worked into every neighborhood thatthey build. I would also have something in place to ensure that the buildersare not using day laborers to complete these houses, but utilize the resourceswe have to keep people employed and feeding their families.

Fifth, I would liketo work with the Guilford County School System and see if we couldn’t startmaking the schools community centers where families could get together and havea garden plots so that they could have some help with feeding theirfamilies.

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

Greensboro’s greatest asset is its people; the most pressingproblem, jobs to keep these people living and growing in Greensboro.

Articles about this candidate:

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: Dan Fischer (link)