Residential address: 129 Woodbriar Road, 27106
Incumbent or challenger? (Open seat)
Campaign website or blog: jeffmacintosh.com (link)
Occupation and employer: Realtor, Leonard Ryden Burr
Previous elective experience(including election campaigns): None
Endorsements: Winston-Salem Journal
Civic and volunteerexperience (including service on local government commissions and boards): Peters Creek CommunityInitiative; Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership 2012 Downtown Plan Update;Downtown Real Estate Roundtable; Business 40 Task Force; Mayor’s Select CapitalNeeds Committee; Mayor’s Select Development Review-Related Committee; WSRAR CulturalDiversity Committee; WSRAR Community Service Committee; board member, PreserveHistoric Forsyth; board member, the Living Room; Mount Tabor Capital Campaign; volunteerat Samaritan soup kitchen; team leader for Block by Block, Winston-SalemSustainable Resource Center
Education (highest degreeattained and name of institution): BA in economics, Wake Forest University
Party registration: Democrat
Where were you born? Seaside Park, NJ
What year did you move to Winston-Salem?1976
Paid consultants working oncampaign: None
Campaign manager: Kelly Mitter
Treasurer: Richard Douglas Lemmerman
Articles about thiscandidate:
• Urban circulator, jobs and regional competition mark fault lines between candidates (link)
• A new face in W-S Northwest Ward race (link)
• Winston-Salem City Council candidates in tight primaries come out swinging (link)
• Republican Lida Hayes-Calvert enters Northwest Ward race (link)
• Winston-Salem primary races shape up in East and West wards (link)
The majority of Winston-Salem City Council declined to intervenein Kalvin Michael Smith’s federal petition for a new trial although citizenshave requested that the city take responsibility for a flawed policeinvestigation that arguably undermined the judicial process leading to Smith’sconviction in the brutal beating of Jill Marker. What is your position on thismatter?
My knowledge of the case is very limited so anyresponse I could give would add little or nothing of relevance. I feel verystrongly about researching my opinions and not giving off-the-cuff remarks.
Do you support the proposed Urban Circulator (streetcar orenhanced bus) that would connect Baptist Hospital and East Winston throughdowntown? Please explain why or why not.
Ido support the urban circulator although I believe the routes and length of thesystem deserve much greater study. The initial route should be in places thatwill stimulate immediate private investment that will pay back any localoutlays quickly. As the concept proves itself we can extend to more areas. Ibelieve the feasibility of the entire project is based on obtaining the maximuminput from grants and other sources of funding at the state and federal level.In other words the math has to work in favor of the taxpayers of Winston Salemand the county in order for us to invest in the project. My research is that itwill if properly implemented.
City council has focused on revitalizing downtown over thepast 10 years, most recently approving the first entertainment district in thecity. Should the city continue to promote intensification of shared commercialand residential uses in downtown or slow growth to protect existing businessesand homeowners?
I don’t think it is an either/or. Now that theentertainment district has been established it will influence the pattern ofdevelopment near it. The city should continue to “promote” downtown in total asit provides far more money to the budget than it gets back in services.Individual developers willing to risk their own capital will choose whichprojects are worth risking their capital on and so produce additional propertytax dollars for every resident of the city and county. Density is a verypowerful concept when looking at return on public and private investment. Toolssuch as the proposed Business Improvement District are important to lessen theimpact to businesses and residents that are feeling the negative impact of amore successful downtown.
While downtown is vibrant and beautiful, areas to theimmediate north and east are uninviting, underdeveloped and lacking inpedestrian-scale retail amenities. What, if anything, should be done to extendthe vitality of downtown into outlying areas?
“Uninviting” is in the eye of the beholder.Having been directly involved in reviving a downtown neighborhood once thoughtto be “marginal,” at best, and which now is flourishing, I have some insight onthis. I have personally invested my own money in many emerging neighborhoods inWinston- Salem including the historic North Cherry street neighborhood. In myexperience the key to revitalizing these areas is to stimulate demand. Brickand mortar solutions are important but neighborhoods thrive when they becomeplaces people feel proud to live in and make an effort to be part of. Historicpreservation plays a strong role in building/rebuilding neighborhoodidentities, and so does recognition of cultural heritage. So much comes down topeople having jobs that pay living wages. There are also some very interestingmodels of tying preservation together with employee recruitment and retentionthat should be explored.
What role should city council play in the Business 40improvement project, including recommendations for traffic alignment throughdowntown when the project is completed?
The city should make every effort to implementtraffic calming improvements prior tothe closure of Business 40. Having served on the Business 40 Task Force Ibelieve the burden of diverted traffic will be born by a few neighborhoods muchmore so than others.
Converting streets to two-way traffic on Firstand Second Streets in Holly Avenue; potentially installing bump-outs on Firststreet in the West End and studying potential solutions for problem areas suchas the intersection of Piedmont, First Street and West End Boulevard will helpdramatically.
With the start date moved up it will be very difficultto implement the MLK Extension to relieve congestion and provide emergencyvehicles an alternative east-to-west route but this should be on the table.
What is your position on the use of incentives to promoteeconomic development? If you support incentives, why? If not, what other toolsdoes city government have for promoting job growth?
In a straight-up competition where no incentivesare offered I believe Winston Salem competes very effectively. Fundamentally Ibelieve incentives are a zero sum game. When we win, another community loses.The real winners are the shareholders of the companies that play municipalitiesoff against one another. That said, the rules of the game are what they are andif we are going to compete for jobs we must compete to win. Even though thepublic perception of the Dell deal was that Winston-Salem got the short end ofthe stick the reality is that the deal was structured as a “no-lose”proposition for the city. Things in fact didn’t turn out like Dell projectedbut because of the diligence of the city in crafting the agreement our citizensprofited from the venture.
What is your proudest achievement?
Myfamily. 30 years of (continuous) marriage. One son on the dean’s list at East CarolinaUniversity, another is a graduate assistant with Shaka Smart at VirginiaCommonwealth. Closely followed by the work we did in the Holly Avenueneighborhood and the success of the Salem Group (a local, high tech companythat, as a partner, I helped grow from five to 47 people). I don’t view this asan achievement necessarily but I have lived and traveled abroad extensivelywhich I think has provided me with a way to look at problems and solutions in adifferent light.
What’s your favorite way to unwind in Winston-Salem?
That’sreally difficult to answer. In no particular order: The picnic shelter at myhouse; strolling Hanes Park; Saturday morning at the Dixie Classic Fairgroundsfarmer’s market; meeting friends after work on Fourth Street or at the DistrictRooftop; a good indie flick at a/perture; and sipping coffee on the porch atKrankies.