Deborah Fae Brogden
Incumbent or challenger? Challenger
Campaign website: None
Occupation and employer: Artist/writer/entrepreneur
Previous elective experience (including election campaigns): None
Civic and volunteer experience (including service on city commissions and boards): None
Education (highest degree attained and name of institution): BS, Greensboro College
Party registration: Unaffiliated (nonpartisan contest)
Where were you born? Newport News, Va.
When did you move to Greensboro? Ca. 1970
Paid consultants working on your campaign: None
Campaign manager: None
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 reopening the White Street Landfill.
Where do you stand on the “strong manager” form of city government and why?
I agree with it because I feel it would be effective for the city.
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?
More. Both healthy water and sewer systems are necessarily important to having sanitary conditions in Greensboro.
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?
I would institute a sales tax and hold a bond referendum to raise funds.
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.
I think this program requires additional oversight from council because energy efficiency of residences and businesses is important.
How would you assess the value and effectiveness of Greensboro’s Rental Unit Certificate of Occupancy program, which is now prohibited by state law?
How should the impasse over management and operation of the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market be resolved?
I think the farmers curb market should be operated by the employees of the market with a city committee available for consultations.
What, if anything, should be done to resolve racial tensions, and to enhance professionalism, integrity and fairness within the Greensboro Police Department?
I did not know there were racial tensions, unprofessionalism, etc. with the GPD.
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?
What is Greensboro’s greatest asset? What is Greensboro’s most pressing problem?
Asset: libraries and museums; problem: unemployment.
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