Zack Matheny

by Yes Weekly Election Coverage

Residential address: West Newlyn Street (map)

Incumbent or challenger? Incumbent

Age: 38

Campaign website or blog: (link)

Endorsement: Greensboro Police Officers Association, News & Record, Professional Fire Fighters of Greensboro, Replacements Limited PAC, Rhinoceros Times, Simkins PAC

Occupation and employer: Director, Bell Partners

Previous electiveexperience (including election campaigns): Greensboro City Council, 2007-present

Civic and volunteerexperience (including service on city commissions and boards): 40 Leaders Under Forty Award, 2005;advisory board member, UNCG Business Administration; fundraising chair,Greensboro Bicentennial; financial teaching instructor, GTCC; executivecommittee member, Chrysler Classic of Greensboro; loaned executive, GreensboroUnited Way; Chamber Operating Group and Member Services Council, GreensboroChamber of Commerce; co-chair, Civil Rights Museum Golf Tournament OrganizingCommittee; member, Greensboro Sports Council; Future Fund Steering Committeemember, past social chair and past Chrysler Classic chair; Community Foundationof Greater Greensboro; K for Kids member; Can’t Wait for the Ballpark committeechair and Making Connections Around the Table host, Action Greensboro;Greensboro Opera Board member; board member and past Master Plan OversightCommittee member, Downtown Greensboro; Big Brothers, Big Sisters; formerPrelude Steering member and 2005 Vanguard Fundraising Chair, United ArtsCouncil; former Citizen Advisory Board member, Guilford County ComprehensivePlan Update; former zoning commission member, city of Greensboro

Education (highest degreeattained and name of institution): BS,NC State University; series 7, 63 and 66 licenses; life and health insuranceand long term care insurance licenses

Party registration: Republican (nonpartisan contest)

Where were you born? Shelby

When did you move toGreensboro? 1999

Paid consultants workingon your campaign: None

Campaign manager: Lauran Matheny and Elizabeth Rankin

Treasurer: Brad Fields

Do you favor or oppose reopening the White Street Landfillfor household waste, beyond the small amount of sewer sludge currentlyaccepted? Briefly explain your position.

Due to aconflict of interest, I am not allowed to discuss aspects of the White StreetLandfill.

Where do you stand on the “strong manager” form of citygovernment and why?

I agreewith the strong manager for of city government as it relates to the city ofGreensboro. City council members, including the mayor, are a part time job (althoughit takes a full-time schedule). The city manager is the main full-time job thatoversees all aspects of the city of Greensboro from an employee standpoint tothe basic needs and services. The city manager is a CEO role with the city councilrepresenting the overseeing board of directors.

Should the city of Greensboro place more or less emphasis onmaintaining a healthy water and sewer fund to plan for future growth? Why orwhy not?

Of coursewe should place more emphasis on our water and sewer plan as it is one of thebackbones the city of Greensboro runs for our citizens. This includes existinglines our citizens are using as well as expansion for future economicdevelopment as well as future neighborhoods.

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

Since Iwas elected in 2007, we have maintained a strategic initiative to keep our taxrate at the same rate, with little effect to our residents on the basic needsand services the city of Greensboro provides. There is a fine line in municipalgovernment between cutting across the board and not investing in the community.In my opinion from a budgetary and invest perspective, the city council,through much debate, has performed well and needs to stay on the same path.

Do you believe that city staff deserves council support toimplement a program to spend federal grant money to improve the energyefficiency of residences and businesses, or does this program warrantadditional oversight from council? Briefly explain your position.

As theoverseeing body of directors for the city of Greensboro, and the fact that wehave to vote to approve these financial measures, yes, the council does warrantadditional oversight since we are held accountable.

How would you assess the value and effectiveness ofGreensboro’s Rental Unit Certificate of Occupancy program, which is nowprohibited by state law?

RUCO hasdone a great job in bringing our housing inventory above average. In myopinion, the RUCO program is in need of an upgrade to create better efficienciesand effectiveness. We are in need of creating a RUCO 2.0 version and hope wecan get it passed at the state level.

How should the impasse over management and operation of theGreensboro Farmers Curb Market be resolved?

It is ashame that the farmers market had such a disruption in the first place. In myopinion, the city council made a good decision recently in awarding themanagement to a diverse group of market vendors, shoppers and supporters.

What, if anything, should be done to resolve racialtensions, and to enhance professionalism, integrity and fairness within theGreensboro Police Department?

In myopinion our police department is creating a more open community involvementtowards building an even better relationship with our citizens. The GreensboroPolice Department and their officers work with high integrity, professionalism,and fairness. With continued community initiatives, the community hassignificant trust in our GPD.

What would you change about Greensboro’s land use patternsif the decision were yours to make? Please answer the question in terms ofplaces 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?

Land use patternsare a constant change. You have infill needs and projects and outward growth. Masstransit is a great goal to have to for numerous such as personal expense, andenvironment; however, we must also recognize that we as Americans like havingour own transportation. It will be a constant evaluation that also depends onthe economy and any potential job growth the area may experience.

What is Greensboro’s greatest asset? What is Greensboro’smost pressing problem?

Greensborogreatest asset is our people. Generally speaking we are a very caring/givingcommunity, thus making Greensboro a great place to live.

Greensboro weakness is our job growth and per capita incomefor our citizens. In the past, we largely depended on the textile and furnitureindustries for jobs and growth. In the late ’80s through 1990s that changeddrastically and we were caught without a great plan.

Articles about this candidate:

Taxes and spending: Where the candidates stand (link)

Candidate profile: Zack Matheny (link)

District 3 candidates spar over teen curfew (link)

Matheny and Ovittore on teen curfew, youth activities, jobs (link)

2011 primary election endorsement & voter guide (link)

Vendor selection in landfill decision questioned (link)

Greensboro mayoral race expands (link)