Gordon M. Hester, District 2 candidate
Residential address: 1537 Rockspring St., 27405
Incumbent or challenger? (Open seat)
Campaign website or blog: Facebook
Occupation and employer: Coordinating counselor, unspecified government grant program; Army reservist; assistant pastor, True Worship Missionary Baptist Church
Previous elective experience (including election campaigns): Volunteer for Obama, 2008
Civic and volunteer experience (including service on city commissions and boards): Special Olympics, United Negro College Fund, Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, Masons
Education (highest degree attained and name of institution): Master in public administration, Central Michigan University
Party registration: Democrat (nonpartisan race)
What is the city and state of your birth? Buffalo Junction, Va.
If not Greensboro, what year did you move here? Has worked in Greensboro since 2002
Paid consultants working on your campaign: None
Your campaign manager(s): Self
Your treasurer: Self
Remarks from Sept. 22 candidate forum:
Good afternoon. My name is Gordon Hester. I’m a 33-year military veteran. I’m also a reverend. I’m also a counselor at schools in
How do you plan to promote the economic development of east
People are the bottom line for economic growth.
The city of
It’s appropriate in most areas to expand the city. However, before you start to expand you should make sure that you’ve done long-range staff studies. If you look at the 1940s problem with the landfill, I think in the future you should be able to base annexation based in the fact that we have to look and see what needs to be done prior to doing it. Sometimes you can hop into a fire too fast. It’s important to increase the revenue. And that’s what annexation does; it increases the revenue. You should also look at, what is it going to do to the actual physical makeup of the city. There are a lot of areas, not only in McLeansville, where the city wants to include as part of the city, but you need to stop for a moment, right, and say, “Okay, five years, ten years, what is this going to add to the city?” Are we capable now of managing our city without adding other areas? We get water now from Reidsville. So are we ready to take on other places when we get our water from Reidsville? So you have to look at the place itself and say, “Are we ready to annex somebody else into a system that’s not quite capable of managing what’s already there? So my thing is that I’m slow for annexing; I think that it should be a long-range thing done and done very, very patiently because all areas you pull into your city you might not want to include them.
Can you describe your leadership style and how you will work with other council members?
[Like] my distinguished colleague here to my left, I’ve been in the military now for 33 years. And it’s hard sometimes to define who you are from different times. Currently, I work as a chaplain, which is a little bit toned down. I don’t get to yell and scream and stomp my feet. But what I do understand is that a great leader is one who is willing to allow other people the chance to excel and be and do. And if you allow other people to do then you build a team. So what has happened in the past, I think, you have your little baby and you want to keep it all to yourself. I think to be an excellent person in leadership you have to spread the wealth, allow each individual to bring up their good or whatever they have to offer. Bring it to the table and use it for what it is. You cannot succeed by doing it all by yourself. So I don’t know if I answered your question or not, but my leadership is a style that is one that be, know, do, allow each individual to excel. Allow each person of climbing to the heights that they’re capable of going to. And always be open, open for change. That’s me…. Always smile.
A lot of council people and candidates use youth in their campaigns and make a lot of promises. What will you do to include the youth in decision-making and moving
Currently I work with – I have a client base of 300 kids in
What will you do to advocate for the needs of older adults and people with disabilities?
I think that that’s a community effort. You have to be there in order to understand it. Most people who are as young as I am you’re not experiencing an age factor. But my parents did and I was able to see how – it cost us $69,000 per year just for my parents to stay at home. And they were able to afford it. But what we have to do is take a close look and see, can older citizens in
The truth is, the advantage that I have is that my partner here has a degree in economics and went to A&T; I have a master’s degree in public administration and went to
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