The Times-News sent all 12 candidates for three open seats on the
Personal information: Resident of
Public service experience: Retired after 38 years US Army Brigadier General as Deputy Commanding General of 6800 soldiers, civilians, and contractors. Leadership and CEO experience. Currently a Trustee at
Personal information: I work with sexual assault and domestic violence victims. My daughter Natalie is a zookeeper at the
Public service experience:
Personal information: One Daughter,
Three Grandchildren, Jahsi and Zayden and, Nashai
I have been on the board of the Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor Alamance County for 8 years.
Public service experience: I have been volunteer in the community for a number of years. Over many places. Just to name a few...
Nursing Home Community Advisory Committee,
Personal information: BA in
Juris Doctorate from
4 children, 6 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren
Law Practice in
Public service experience: Past President Alamance County Bar Association
Past Chairman Alamance County
Past Chairman Alamance/Caswell Mental Health Board
Youth soccer, softball, and basketball coach
Alamance Civitan-Past President Award
Personal information: I am a native of
Public service experience: None
Personal information: I am a native of
Public service experience: City of Burlington Planning and Zoning, ACC Foundation Board Member, former Link Group Leader at
Personal information: My wife of 52 years was born in
Service : Served 10 years on the
1. What has the
Williams: We desperately need a new high school and refurbishment of ALL the schools in the ABSS. We need facility improvement so that are children are competently educated in safe, protected, and environmentally clean area. As a promoter of life long education we need to see advancements in early child hood education and on high school graduation rates across the county. The community college will be building a "Center of Excellence" to develop curriculums to meet the current demands of education and job training for new technologies to include those not yet identified. Continued education equals economically sound communities which we all strive for in the county.
Thompson: It has certainly built a confidence in me as to how our county, ACC and ABSS can work together as a team. Collaboration is the key. It has also shown me that our community highly values education and we must continue to raise the standards on how we are teaching young people to become successful adults.
Spruill: It is time for us to start building new school. some school how mold in it. Some of these kids cannot read and write this been going on a long time. We need to have a program in each school make sure these kids know how to read and write before they leave the 12th grade.
The projected population growth over the next ten years is 20,000 individuals. County Commissioners will need to be accessible and accountable to citizens, willing to spend the time needed to follow up and evaluate projects, and be willing to look for resources other than tax increases.
Lashley: My philosophy is to think more like a business and less like a bureaucracy. We need to work together to achieve solutions and think outside the box. I understand that infrastructure needs to be built before it is needed. But If student projections are correct, there will be less students in 5 years than there are today. I would not want to build new facilities only to see them sit vacant. That's not helping the students or the taxpayers.
Kirkpatrick: It tells me that voters in
Johnson: The bond and capitol plan show that more money doesn't necessarily translate to better scholar outcomes. Budget must be thoughtfully applied to cause increased results in end of course (EOC) and end of grade (EOG) results. I am confident, however, after meeting this week with our Superintendent,
2. What do you see as the top three issues facing
A. The county continues to enjoy economic growth from health care jobs, bio-tech opportunities, manufacturing and others. However, there are folks in downtown areas of the county who may have lost jobs due to Mill closings, etc. Identify these folks for apprenticeships and technical job training at the community college.
B. The county needs to be fiscally responsible. We must ensure a return to the community in every investment we make. We need to think "critically" and consider second and third order effects on these important strategies to ensure we are taking care of our community like a family.
C. Building our community for the next generation -- instill physical fitness, healthy eating, and high moral values in our children from pre-school thru high school.
a. the drug addiction crisis
b. veteran's services
c. juvenile crime
1. We need to leave that statue alone in
2.The elders need more funding in
to make us happy. They need all the help they can gets.
3.I am for the second amendment in
remember some people had a nervous breakdown they don't need to carry a gun at all.
Paisley: Major issues addressed by my campaign priorities:
1. County citizens express the feeling of being ignored by their elected officials. Elected officials should listen to citizens. County Commissioner meetings should have reasonable public comment opportunities and your tax dollars should be used in a fiscally responsible manner.
3. Children are the future. We must provide quality education in safe environments, while expanding cultural and recreational opportunities.
Lashley: Taxes- We need to be good stewards of the taxpayer's money. The people of
Financing of the education bond- It is important to get the new high school built. We also need to complete the additions at
Public Safety- We need to support local law enforcement. They have an incredibly difficult job. Without a safe community we don't have a community.
Kirkpatrick: Growth would be one. We have been blessed with a great location in the middle of the state with great citizens. With the regional growth around us, it's inevitable others will want to live here too. Steps like county wide zoning need to be taken to control that growth and how it affects our already great community.
Education would be another. One of the biggest deterrents to growth is an underperforming or unsupported school system. We have some of the best teachers in the state. We need to spend our money and time fostering an environment for learning with great facilities.
Fiscal Responsibility is another issue. Problems are not solved by throwing money at them. Elected officials should first and foremost be good stewards of the county's finances.
1. Insuring effect use of the added property tax revenues (
2. Working hard to use our county employees effectively to make gains in county services for all citizens
3. Working to recognize all veterans in the decades since. Including not just
Williams: I believe in individual freedom as much as possible and do not want governments like our neighboring counties. Individual municipalities should have integrity in ownership and stewardship of their townships zoning rules. But this must be smartly managed so that there are no negative environmental impacts that would impact any of our watersheds, etc. The county government must be involved in every new company wanting to set roots in the county and those who want to restore or refurbish. So, I favor a piecemeal approach. I'm not convinced that there are a lot of un-attracted companies these days wanting to come into the county.
Thompson: We need to look at each to see which would better serve our citizens. I learned very quickly how volatile rezoning our school system can be. Zoning is very important in other areas also. We need to think about our farmers. Zoning can be used as a form of farmland protection. I believe maintaining a safe balance of development in an area may be beneficial to farming and the community as a whole.
Spruill: Wide zoning is very important for future. If we have to make I community to grow. Yes I am for wide zoning in
Paisley: The wording of this question assumes that additional zoning is needed in our county and only asks how it should be implemented.
Currently, county wide ordinances and the county planning board provide direction concerning land use.
I believe that before making decisions that give more of our individual control to the government, the options need to be carefully studied. The decision must be based on county-wide input. Issues to be considered include family farmlands, historical and natural areas, and a safe environment for homes and schools while increasing opportunities for high salary jobs.
Lashley: People who live in
Kirkpatrick: The county should pursue county wide zoning. As we grow, county wide zoning is necessary going forward. We are currently in a vulnerable position where we are exposed to the demands of a growing region without the tools in the toolbox to build our community as we should. Zoning is crucial to how
Johnson: I believe that county wide zoning is the way to go. This should be carefully pursued drawing on lessons learned by other counties' experience.
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