Jim Kee

by Yes Weekly Election Coverage

Residential address: Lord Jeff Drive (map)

Incumbent or challenger: Incumbent

Age: 53

Campaign website or blog:

Endorsements: Dorothy Brown, Carolina Peacemaker, Greensboro Police Officers Association, News & Record, Professional Fire Fighters of Greensboro, Replacements Limited PAC, Rhinoceros Times and YES! Weekly

Occupation and employer: Owner, Kee Development Corp.

Previous elective experience:Serving first term on council

Civic volunteer experience(including service on city commissions and boards): City council liaison to the Greensboro Human Relations Commission,Heart of the Triad, Housing Development Partnership and the Piedmont TriadRegional Council; Mayor’s Steering Committee (a citizens’ board that advised then-MayorYvonne Johnson), 2007-2009; board of directors, Greensboro Historical Museum(past); previously served on Board of Adjustments and as chairman of theFiremen’s Relief Fund; member, Concerned Citizens of Northeast Greensboro

Education (highest degreeattained and name of institution): BS ineconomics, NC A&T University

Party registration: Democrat (nonpartisan contest)

Where were you born? Garysburg

What year did you move toGreensboro? In 1977 to attend college,returned in 1989 and has lived here since

Paid consultants working onyour campaign: None

Campaign manager: Jessica Foster-Bragg

Treasurer: Jack Zimmerman

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

Ioppose reopening the White Street Landfill because it places the burden ofwaste disposal for Greensboroon the backs of citizens in District 2 and is dividing our city. Filling Phase 3 eliminates a place foremergency solid waste disposal, increases the cost of disposal in 4.5 yearswiping out any short-term savings realized and does not address the problemlong term.

Wheredo you stand on the “strong manager” form of city government and why?

Ifavor the strong manager form of government because the city manager’s trainingand experience makes him the most qualified person to manage our city andstaff.

Shouldthe city of Greensboroplace more or less emphasis on maintaining a healthy water and sewer fund toplan for future growth? Why or why not?

Maintaining a healthy water and sewer fund is crucial to economicdevelopment and the future growth of Greensboro.

Thecity’s tax base has remained flat for the past two years in a row, and theforeclosure crisis continues unabated. As a member of city council, how wouldyou balance the need to fund services such as police patrol, fire protectionand park maintenance that citizens care about with the reality that the revenuepicture remains bleak?

Wehave to expand small business development and continue to attract newbusinesses. We also have to continuallyconsolidate departments when feasible and look more seriously at working closerwith Guilford County.

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

Thisprogram has been massaged and should be implemented as is with no additionaloversight needed. Staff always deservescouncil support.

Howwould you assess the value and effectiveness of Greensboro’s Rental Unit Certificate ofOccupancy program, which is now prohibited by state law?

RUCOwithout a doubt improved the rental housing stock in Greensboro. We now have a complaint-drivenprogram.

Howshould the impasse over management and operation of the Greensboro Farmers CurbMarket be resolved?

Itshould be awarded to Greensboro Farmers Market Inc. with careful observation ofoperations by the city.

What,if anything, should be done to resolve racial tensions, and to enhanceprofessionalism, integrity and fairness within the Greensboro PoliceDepartment?

Apolice policy review committee consisting of a cross section of citizens shouldbe established along with a culturally diverse training program for officers.Promotions must continue to be based on merit.

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

Future neighborhoods should be mixeduse with commercial corridors on the perimeters so citizens can have moreopportunity to live, work and shop near their residences. This will reduce travel time, cost andnegative environmental impact.

Whatis Greensboro’sgreatest asset? What is Greensboro’smost pressing problem?

Ourgreatest assets are a diverse workforce and location. Most pressing problem isunemployment.

Articles about this candidate:

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

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

2011 primary election endorsement & voter guide (link)

Wade, Knight make no apologies for landfill decision (link

Candidates take message to east Greensboro voters (link

Campaign trail: Jim Kee kickoff (link)

Northeast Greensboro council incumbent challenges the challengers (link

Vendor selection in landfill decision questioned (link

Candidate profile: Jim Kee (link)

Landfill fight estranges human relations commission from council (link)