Aug. 13, 2011 07:07

Bradford Cone

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Residential address: Sunset Circle (map)

Incumbent or challenger: Challenger

Age: 31

Campaign website or blog: None

Occupation and employer: EMT, Cary Area EMS

Previous elective experience (including election campaigns): Volunteer, Pricey Harrison for NC House and Jeff Thigpen for register of deeds; canvassed for Obama campaign in 2008; volunteer at Democratic Party headquarters

Civic and volunteer experience (including service on city commissions and boards): Vice president of operations, Worlds Apart One Heart; volunteer, Anizade, HealthServe and Habitat for Humanity

Education (highest degree attained and name of institution): Bachelor’s degree, Rollins College

Party registration: Democrat (nonpartisan contest)

Where were you born? Durham

When did you move to Greensboro? Early 1980s

Paid consultants working on campaign: Probably not (as of Aug. 13)

Campaign manager: Not yet (as of Aug. 13)

Treasurer: Not yet (as of Aug. 13)

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.

I oppose the reopening of the landfill. Opening the landfill would cause health risks to the surrounding communities. The cancer rate around the White Street Landfill is almost double the cancer rate in the rest of Greensboro. Also, opening the landfill would limit Greensboro’s options for expansion.

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

I support the “strong manager” form of city government. This would create a unified command for the city’s day-to-day operations. It would also prevent the city council from micro managing, such as when they fired the city attorney.

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?

As Greensboro continues to grow, so will the water and sewage needs. Therefore it is important to keep funds set aside for this growth.

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 about with the reality that the revenue picture remains bleak?

These services are necessary for Greensboro to function as a city, and attract opportunities for growth. I support attracting events, such as the figure skating championship, to the Greensboro Coliseum in order to bring in visitors, stimulate the economy and increase revenues. The science center has been able to attract visitors with exhibits such as “Bodies” and “Titanic,” that should be encouraged. In a time of historically low interest rates, it may also be necessary to increase the city’s debt in the short term to insure its long-term growth.

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.

Yes, the city council should support these programs. However they should delegate oversight to the City Manager, and not micromanage programs.

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

The Rental Unit Certificate of Occupancy program was a good program. There should be minimum standards of habitability for rental properties. We should look for a way to establish standards that do not run afoul of the state law.

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

This issue has been resolved, and should be monitored to ensure it is an adequate solution.

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

There needs to be better communication between the police department and the communities that they serve. It would also be wise to look at how the LAPD and NYPD enacted reforms to their forces.

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.

We should create more business and residential opportunities downtown, and improve public transit, possibly using trolleys. Public transportation should be improved so that it will be a viable option for all citizens.

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

Greensboro’s greatest asset is our diversity. The melting pot of ideas and aspirations is what made America great, so we should put this to work for Greensboro.

The most pressing problem in Greensboro is the lack of jobs.

Articles about this candidate:

2011 primary election endorsement & voter guide (link)

Wade, Knight make no apologies for landfill decision (link

10 BEST mayoral forum moments (link)

Candidate profile: Bradford Cone (link)

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