Keith King

by Yes Weekly Election Coverage

Residential address: 3557 Prospect Drive, 27105

Incumbent or challenger? Challenger

Age: 49

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Occupation and employer: Owner-operator, KingzDowntown Market

Previous elective experience(including election campaigns): None

Civic and volunteerexperience (including service on local government commissions and boards): Vice-chairman, Winston-SalemTransit Authority board; sponsor, Winston-Salem Tiny Indians little leaguefootball; Winston-Salem Greyhounds little league football (past)

Education (highest degreeattained and name of institution): Management certification, Durham Technical CommunityCollege

Party registration: Unaffiliated

Where were you born? Mount Airy

What year did you move to Winston-Salem?1987

Paid consultants working oncampaign: None

Campaign manager: Willette Carter

Treasurer: Dawn Johnson

Articles about thiscandidate:

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?

I have not theopportunity to review this case and cannot comment for that reason.

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 notsupport the Urban Circulator. We already have an established bus system in placethat provides services to the citizens of Winston Salem. The funds required forthis project could be put to better use to fund other services, such asadditional bus services including additional routes and service on Sundays totransport citizens work and attend church services.

What role does the city need to play inensuring that residents who live east of Highway 52 benefit from thedevelopment of the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter?

I feel that thecity could encourage the leaders of the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter to partnerwith the school system to nurture students who have an interest in mathematics,science and health. There may even be a possibility of tours of the facilityand internships.

City council has focused on revitalizingdowntown over the past 10 years, most recently approving the firstentertainment district in the city. Should the city continue to promoteintensification of shared commercial and residential uses in downtown or slowgrowth to protect existing businesses and homeowners?

As a businessowner in downtown Winston Salem I appreciate the efforts to revitalize the downtownarea. The addition of an entertainment district will bring additional revenueto the city. However, I do feel that growth should not be limited downtownWinston Salem. Growth should be expanded to all areas of the city, especiallythe Northeast Ward to ensure that all citizens participate in and benefit fromthis growth.

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

The cityshould work with the DOT to ensure that access to businesses around Business 40is not hindered and that traffic alignment is conducive to the businesses and residentsof the downtown area.

What is your position on the use ofincentives to promote economic development? If you support incentives, why? Ifnot, what other tools does city government have for promoting job growth?

I feel that weshould continue to invite companies to Winston Salem with incentives, however,the agreement should require those companies to hire at least 60 percent oftheir workforce from Winston Salem and Forsyth county area. An administratorfrom the city of Winston Salem could oversee the hiring process.

What is your proudest achievement?

Establishing asuccessful business in the downtown area.

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

I enjoyattending Pop Warner and High School football games, riding my motorcycle, and spending quality time with my wife and immediatefamily.