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Denise D. Adams

by Yes Weekly Election Coverage

Residential address: 3661 Marlowe Ave., 27106

Incumbent or challenger? Incumbent

Age: 59

Campaign website or blog: Social media

Occupation and employer: High performance team coordinator, JohnsonControls

Previous elective experience(including election campaigns): Winston-Salem City Council, 2009-present; NC house,1990 candidate

Endorsement: NC Police Benevolent Association

Civic and volunteerexperience (including service on city commissions and boards): 2nd vice president, Morgan State University National Alumni Association, member, NC League ofMunicipalities; member, NC Black Elected Municipal Officials; member, NationalLeague of Cities; member, National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials; juniortennis program instructor, Kimberly Park Tennis Club; trustee, Order of theEastern Star, Rose McCloud Chapter #608; member, University Area NeighborhoodAssociation; Ralph R. Morgan Auxiliary, American Legion Post 220; life member,Winston-Salem Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority; member, YMCA

Education (highest degreeattained and name of institution): BA in speech communication, Morgan State University

Party registration: Democrat

Where were you born? Winston-Salem

Paid consultants working oncampaign: None

Campaign manager: Joy Cook

Treasurer: Self

Articles about this candidate:

The majority of Winston-Salem CityCouncil declined to intervene in Kalvin Michael Smith’s federal petition for anew trial although citizens have requested that the city take responsibilityfor a flawed police investigation that arguably undermined the judicial processleading to Smith’s conviction in the brutal beating of Jill Marker. What isyour position on this matter?

One of the toughest decisions I’ve had tomake while serving on the City Council was not supporting the resolution for anamicus brief. I believe that the legal staff of our cityis very capable of providing the necessary advice as to the direction of thecity when it came to this matter. Our job as elected officials is to ensurethat the city provides the services that our citizens require.

Do you support the proposed UrbanCirculator (streetcar or enhanced bus) that would connect Baptist Hospital andEast Winston through downtown? Please explain why or why not.

I do support the proposed UrbanCirculator but I have issue with the proposed route. In larger cities thesemethods of “people movers” are usually situated near or around the areas where arewhere large numbers of people gather. These areas would be the entertainmentfacilities (coliseum, BB&T Stadium, Dixie Classic Fair grounds, WakeForest, etc) located on the north side of the city. This would help withalleviating parking as well as reducing carbon emissions.

City council has focused on revitalizingdowntown over the past 10 years, most recently approving the first entertainmentdistrict in the city. Should the city continue to promote intensification ofshared commercial and residential uses in downtown or slow growth to protectexisting businesses and homeowners?

I believe that we’ve been very successfulat what we’ve accomplished over the past few years in revitalizing downtown. Ithink it’s now time to move into other areas of the city to provide the sameimprovement and economic growth. Our urban neighborhoods deserve to see thesame focus that has benefited downtown. We have to make sure that we protectexisting businesses as well as create new economic opportunities for otherneighborhoods.

While downtown is vibrant and beautiful,areas to the immediate north and east are uninviting, underdeveloped and lackingin pedestrian-scale retail amenities. What, if anything, should be done toextend the vitality of downtown into outlying areas?

We need to focus on what now needs tohappen to improve the planned growth in those areas just as we did withdowntown. Just as we bring groups and citizens together for the development ofthe area plans we now need to get serious about ensuring the enhanced growth inthese areas. Let’s not just create a plan and talk about it. Let’s make ithappen.

What role should city council play in theBusiness 40 improvement project, including recommendations for trafficalignment through downtown when the project is completed?

We have a huge role to play in thisproject. All the work that’s been done over the years to bring growth todowntown could be stagnated if the city isn’t involved in the suggestions fortraffic alignment. This also gives us an opportunity to look at new trafficpatterns for parts of the city that need to be a part of the city’s growth.

What is your position on the use of incentivesto promote economic development? If you support incentives, why? If not, whatother tools does city government have for promoting job growth?

I believe that the use of incentives tocreate economic development is part of the new ways to do business and securenew industries to the area. We could decide not to use this as one of our toolsbut I think it would be a mistake. What we’ve learned over the years is to besmart about the use of this tool by including clawbacks and ensuring the bestuse of the tax dollars for the best value to our city.

What is your proudest achievement?

One of my proudest achievements washelping to secure an ordinance that allows neighborhoods to decide whether theywant their neighborhoods to allow the parking of cars on the front lawns. Incertain areas of our city it has become a way of life that literally sucks thebeauty and aesthetics out of a community. Now citizens have the choice to beengaged and prevent this from happening by way of a petition.

What’s your favorite way to unwind inWinston-Salem?

I enjoy playing golf and riding my bike.Both allow me the opportunity to commune with nature and see the beauty of theseasons in our city.

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