Danny Thompson, at-large candidate
Residential address:’ 6410 Spyglass Drive, 27410
Incumbent or challenger? Challenger
Campaign website or blog: www.votefordanny.com, www.twitter.com/Votefor Danny
Occupation and employer: Owns and operates Comfort Keeper, a home healthcare company
Previous elective experience (including election campaigns): Served on student council at Asbury College
Civic and volunteer experience (including service on city commissions and boards): President, Triad Retirement Living Association; board member, Summit Rotary Club; former member, Guilford County Commission on Aging; 1992 graduate of Leadership Greensboro; loaned executive for United Way; ambassador for Greensboro Chamber of Commerce; Sunday school teacher, Friendly Hills Church
Education (highest degree attained and name of institution): Bachelors degree with major in psychology, Asbury College; nationally certified geriatric care manager
Party registration: Republican (nonpartisan contest)
What is the city and state of your birth? Greensboro
Paid consultants working on your campaign: None
Your campaign manager(s): Self
Your treasurer: George Gibson
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Annexed candidate touts infrastructure development
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Remarks from Sept. 22 candidate forum:
Good evening. Thank you for allowing me to come tonight. Appreciate you hosting this. My name is Danny Thompson, and I am proud to say that I was born and raised in
Do you support continued funding for the Greensboro Police Department gang enforcement unit. If so, do you think it should possibly be restructured?
Thank you. I do support continued funding of the gang unit in the police department. Many people in this room know that many candidates run for city council do not run because they have all the answers, but they should be running because they can ask the tough questions. And that’s what I will do on the city council: Ask the tough questions of the police department and finding out, do we need to restructure the gang unit, whether it’s resources and manpower, where they need to be and how they’re allocating their financial resources.
Would you be in favor of reopening the White Street Landfill to household waste? Why or why not?
I would not be in favor of opening the White Street Landfill to household waste. You know, several years ago some of you may remember that New Jersey was the laughingstock of the nation when it could not deal with its trash, and it put it on barges and floated it up and down the east coast looking for a state to take their trash. Well, it made the cover of a lot of news — that’s going to be us in a few years if we continue just to say, “Not in my backyard,” and trucking our trash down to some other county. First of all, it’s not a good environmental solution, I think we could all agree. Now, I think what we can do is, as has been stated before, technology has advanced to where we can turn our trash into treasure, be it an incinerator, be it covering it and tapping the methane gas, or be it contracting out and allowing miners to go in to be able to dig through the trash and do whatever miners do with trash. We need to start that discussion now on a regional basis instead of just trucking our trash down the highway because we’re going to be — when our contract comes up for renewal, it’s going to be a matter of if it’s going to be double, triple or quadruple the price. And so just wiping our hands from it and charging the taxpayers $2 million a year to truck it down the highway — it’s not an easy solution, but I don’t believe the solution is opening the landfill.
Economic growth and development have not occurred in east
Economic growth, to the greatest extent, is at the whim of a developer or a business owner that wants to build or to transfer or to develop. The city council can go a long way in helping in development of under-utilized, under-growth areas by providing incentives to developers, whether it’s a major grocery store chain or whatever, by saying, “Look, we have a group of people in our city that don’t have a grocery store on the east side — a large supermarket — so what would it take, Food Lion, Harris Teeter, Lowe’s, for us to work with you to get a supermarket in there?" That takes someone who is a business owner, that understands business owners. Business owners want to know how they can get the best value for the least amount of cost. So that’s what we need to do. I’m very much in favor of incentives for growing in areas where we can balance out the city, and that’s what I mean in my campaign on my website at votefordanny.com, where I talk about responsible growth in all areas of the city.
Candidates say they will represent their constituents. This means they need to know their constituents’ wishes and perspectives. What, in your experience prior to running for office, can you point to that tells us you are person who is in touch with your constituents?
As I stated in my opening statement, my vocation is geriatric care. That means that I work with families, helping them with their elderly parents navigate through the long-term care process, which is oftentimes not very easy. Throughout the business I’ve been able to interview, employ and create jobs — hundreds of people, both people making high salaries, marketing, sales people, administrative people and frontline CNA, certified nurse assistant caregivers…. It keeps me humble and keeps me in touch with those that maybe need an advance on their paycheck, maybe need a loan, maybe need a ride to work, maybe need a little bit of gas money. My wife is sitting in the audience. She and I, we’ve done this for eight years. It also puts us in touch with those who are grieving or those who have burdensome situations that are just beyond their control. I hope that answers that question.
How do you plan to include immigrants and refugee communities in the city council?
Great question. In our discussion,
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