Nancy Vaughan

by Yes Weekly Election Coverage

Residential address: Sunset Drive (map)

Incumbent or challenger? Incumbent

Age: 50

Campaign website or blog: (link)

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

Occupation and employer: Community volunteer

Previous electiveexperience (including election campaigns): Currently serving as mayor pro tem; service on city council includes,2009-present and 1997-2001

Civic and volunteerexperience (including service on city commissions and boards): Board of directors, Reading Connections; PiedmontTriad Airport Authority, past; Greensboro Housing Development Partnership;Greensboro Beautiful; Junior League; Brownie leader; board of trustees,Greensboro Day School, chair of diversity program; co-chaired domestic violencetask force for two years

Education (highest degreeattained and name of institution): Highschool graduate, Roger Ludlowe High School, Fairfield, Ct.; attended FairfieldUniversity for two years

Party registration: Unaffiliated (nonpartisan race)

What is the city and stateof your birth? Hasbrouck, NJ

If not Greensboro, whatyear did you move here? 1988

Paid consultants workingon your campaign: Still deciding(June 29)

Your campaign manager: Self

Your treasurer: Self

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

Isupport looking for a long-term solution to our landfill issue. Since it isunlikely that Phases 4 and 5 can be used for municipal solid waste disposal, weare left with the limited capacity currently in Phase 3. The long-term solutionelement has been missing from this discussion and no real consideration wasgiven to a technological solution since technology isn’t cheap. I think thecurrent track is a short-sighted solution to a long-term problem and will leaveus worse off in the future than we are now.

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

I support the strong-manager form of city government.According to the city’s website “Greensborooperates under a council/manager form of government. The city council setspolicies and enacts ordinances, which are then carried out by the city manager.”The council’s primary function is to set policy. This is a part-time councilwith a part-time mayor and we must rely on the expertise of our manager withoutmicromanaging his staff in executing that policy. I see no reason to changethat structure.

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

Ofcourse we must maintain a healthy water and sewer fund for future growth. Adequatewater and sewer capacity governs how and where we grow as a city. In this currentglobal economy it is even more important that we are prepared to compete withother communities. Water, sewer and street infrastructure can give us thecompetitive advantage we need to attract new employers to our city.

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?

Asa council we, unanimously, agreed on three priorities: (1) public safety, (2)jobs and the economy and (3) infrastructure. I believe that we must continue tofocus on these three priorities, especially during the budgeting process.Everything else is secondary to those stated goals.

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.

Councilvoted to implement the federal grant and I believe it was the right decision. Ibelieve that staff is perfectly capable of executing this program with noadditional oversight from council. It is not our job to micromanage staff. Ourcity manager and his staff are perfectly capable of implementing this programand addressing concerns as they arise.

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

RUCOwas the driving factor in improving our rental housing stock. During the 2010budget cycle I had suggested reviewing our policy on random sampling inspectionsso we could focus on problem properties, and possibly save money in the process.I believe RUCO was a worthwhile program. I was disappointed that the majorityof the General Assembly saw fit to eliminate this program state-wide. But I wasmore disappointed that members of this council used a parliamentary maneuver tostifle discussion on this topic and to avoid going on record either in supportor against this program.

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

Ibelieve that council, finally, made the right decision by awarding managementand operation of the Farmers Curb Market to the Greensboro Farmers Market I believe that this proposal will insure that we continue to have freshlocal merchandise, as well as a good mix of local bakers and crafters. I thinkthat it was very important to maintain the “feel” of the current market.

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

Ibelieve that the city manager and the police chief are united in theircommitment to resolving racial tensions and fairness within the department. Ibelieve that the vast majority of men and women in our police department aregood, hardworking individuals who are dedicated to protecting and serving thepeople of Greensboro.

Whatwould you change about 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?

Inorder to change Greensboro’sland-use pattern to make it more efficient you’d have to go back a long way andwe can’t rewrite decades of history. We have what we have. Foremost, I think it’s important that weprotect the vitality of our individual neighborhoods as we look towards thefuture. This year we passed a new LDO (Land Development Ordinance) and we havethe Comp Plan to use as a guideline for future growth.

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

Greensboro’s greatestasset is its people. We have a ready and willing workforce and a communityspirit that other cities would love to have. People volunteer countless hoursfor the betterment of our city. The biggest detriment is the world-wide economyand the toll that it has taken on our region.

Articles about this candidate:

YES! endorsements (link)

2011 general election voter guide (link)

Danny Thompson’s specious landfill numbers (link)

Greensboro primary: at-large analysis (link)

Mayoral challenger Perkins swamps incumbent Knight (link)

2011 primary election endorsement & voter guide (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)

Discussions about regional solid waste option begin (links)

Candidate profile: Nancy Vaughan (link)