Questions for candidates

by staff

The following is a questionnaire submitted to every candidate for Greensboro City Council before the 2011 election Nov. 8. Answers will be reported in our 2011 Election Guide, our elections website ( and will play a role in our endorsements.

Dear candidate, Thank you for stepping up to run for Greensboro City Council.

Serving the city in this capacity is a demanding and often thankless job. We hope that you will answer the following questions candidly and thoughtfully so that citizens may make an informed decision at the polls and elect the most qualified, honest, wise and accountable council possible.

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

2. Where do you stand on the “strong manager” form of city government and why?

3. Should the city of Greensboro place more or less emphasis on maintaining a healthy water and sewer fund to plan for future growth? Why or why not?

4. The city’s tax base has remained flat for the past two years in a row, and the foreclosure crisis continues unabated. As a member of city council, how would you balance the need to fund services such as police patrol, fire protection and park maintenance that citizens care with the reality that the revenue picture remains bleak?

5. Do you believe that city staff deserves council support to implement a program to spend federal grant money to improve the energy efficiency of residences and businesses, or does this program warrant additional oversight from council? Briefly explain your position.

6. How would you assess the value and effectiveness of Greensboro’s Rental Unit Certificate of Occupancy program, which is now prohibited by state law?

7. How should the impasse over management and operation of the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market be resolved?

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

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

10. What is Greensboro’s greatest asset? What is Greensboro’s most pressing problem?

Many thanks, YES! Weekly editorial staff

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