Jean Austin Brown

by Yes Weekly Election Coverage

Residential address: Osborne Road (map)

Incumbent or challenger? Challenger

Age: 71

Campaign website: None

Endorsement: Conservatives for Guilford County, Joe Guarino and Rhinoceros Times

Occupation and employer: Retired travel agent

Previous electiveexperience (including election campaigns): None

Civic and volunteerexperience (including service on city commissions and boards): Pianist and Sunday school teacher, Rehobeth BaptistChurch

Education (highest degreeattained and name of institution): Associate’sdegree in travel and tourism, Rockingham Community College

Party registration: Republican (nonpartisan contest)

What is the city of yourbirth? Greensboro

Paid consultants workingon your campaign: No

Campaign manager: None at the time (Aug. 8)

Treasurer: None at the time (Aug. 8)

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

I would continue toinvestigate all options before rendering an opinion on this important issue. Thevoices of all our citizens need to be heard.

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

Although I favor astrong manager, I still feel he should be answerable to the city council.

Should the city of Greensboro place more or lessemphasis on maintaining a healthy water and sewer fund to plan for futuregrowth? Why or why not?

I definitely believemore emphasis should be put on having clean and healthy water. Plans should beinitiated now to plan for growth in the future.

The city’s tax basehas remained 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 remainsbleak?

We should take a hardlook at other places that revenues are not needed as much and eliminate wastewherever we can.

Do you believe thatcity staff deserves council support to implement a program to spend federalgrant money to improve the energy efficiency of residences and businesses, ordoes this program warrant additional oversight from council? Briefly explainyour position.

Again I feel thecouncil should closely monitor where this money is spent because I believethere are cases where this money is not being used as wisely as it could be.

How would you assessthe value and effectiveness of Greensboro’sRental Unit Certificate of Occupancy program, which is now prohibited by statelaw?

This needs more studybefore giving a decision.

How should theimpasse over management and operation of the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market beresolved?

Allow local farmersto operate with someone in charge who actually has a business there. Perhapsthe farmers themselves could elect someone to help them operate the market.

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

I believe Chief ofPolice Ken Miller is doing a fine job and although I do not agree with some ofhis decisions. I believe in time the integrity of our police force will berestored. If there are disgruntled police officers who do not have validcomplaints, I believe they should be discharged.

What would you changeabout Greensboro’sland use patterns if the decision were yours to make? Please answer thequestion in terms of places people live, work and shop, in terms of the modesof transportation people use to get from point to point and the vitality ofneighborhoods and commercial corridors?

This is a questionthat needs to be addressed by our citizens. If more routes are needed by ourcitizens on the buses, they must reconcile the fact that prices will probablybe increased. In terms of malls and shopping centers, the ones we now have donot seem to be utilized as merchants hope they would

What is Greensboro’s greatestasset? What is Greensboro’smost pressing problem?

The greatest assetwould be the people themselves. Everyone who visits our city comments on thegoodwill and hospitality they feel here. Our most pressing problem would bewhat to do about the gangs that continue to grow.

Articles about this candidate:

2011 primary election endorsement & voter guide (link)’ ‘ 

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

Candidate profile: Jean Brown (link)

At-large candidates in Greensboro municipal election struggle to differentiate themselves (link)’ ‘ 

Northeast Greensboro council incumbent challenges the challengers (link)’ ‘ ‘ 

Campaign season underway in Greensboro municipal elections (link)