Posts Tagged ‘vote’

Sick of the Signs, but I Cast my Vote

Monday, November 1st, 2010

First of all, if you don’t read anything else on this post, read this: exercise your right to vote. Get out and vote if you haven’t already. You probably work hard for a living and may not have time to pay attention to all the drama that is our political scene. To be honest, I pay attention–most of the time. I have a family, a full time job, a full time volunteer effort, and I’m training for my first marathon. I’m busy. But I’m casting my vote on November 2. You should too–because there is a lot at stake.

Now to a rant that’s been bothering me. Maybe you feel the same way?

Political signs. They are everywhere and they are annoying.

This isn’t a rant about all the (more…)

Candidates’ Forum for Wake Board of Commissioners

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Learn more about the Wake Board of Commissioners candidates.

Monday, September 27, 2010 from 7 – 9 pm
Temple Beth Or, 5315 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh NC

WakeUP Wake County and the League of Women Voters of Wake County are co-hosting a forum for candidates running for four seats up November 2 on the Wake Board of Commissioners.  Candidates will be asked their views on important community issues, including: (more…)

Renaissance Park 2009 Candidates Forum

Monday, September 28th, 2009

At last evenings candidates forum, September 27, 2009, hosted by Renaissance Park in their cozy club house, almost 50 citizens attended to learn more about Raleigh City Council District D and At-Large candidates for the upcoming election on October 6, 2009. Each District D candidate gave a brief introduction to themselves and why they are running for City Council. Moderator Moe Johnson then presented each candidate with five questions. At-Large councilors were then introduced and provided their platform. Questions from those in attendance followed.

Candidates in attendance

At-Large

District D

Questions and answers

Disclaimer, the following is my best effort attempt to capture the questions and answers from the candidates. I invite anyone in attendance or the candidates themselves to post any updates or corrections by contacting me or in the comments. The questions (after the first five) are paraphrased to get right to the topic.

Opening remarks from Renaissance Park resident and moderator, Moe Johnson. Renaissance Park is a new neighborhood, which means they are new at community activism. There is a desire to get involved in city government and this is one of the first projects to start that involvement for their community. (more…)

Do endorsements matter?

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

This is an opinion piece on the candidates running for the District D seat, Raleigh City Council, and does not necessarily reflect the views of all the members of the Lineberry Alliance. The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author.

After settling in yesterday from a long day in the office, I skirted through some rain drops to get the mail. In it, a first batch of political mailers for the election on October 6, 2009. One from each candidate running in District D. Incumbent Thomas Crowder and challenger Ted Van Dyk. I publicly support Crowder for the District D seat and lately, have been scratching my head trying to understand why Van Dyk is challenging Crowder’s City Council seat. A review of the two cards today lead me to think about how the candidates are positioning themselves.

On the front of Crowder’s mailer is a picture from his campaign kickoff. A few folks I noticed, Mayor Charles Meeker, At-Large Councilor Stephenson, former Raleigh City Councilor Anne Franklin, Linda (Planning Commission member) and Rufus Edmisten (former NC Secretary of State), and many more. On the left, a list of supporters. Real people who work with and know Thomas. Flipping the mailer over, testimony from neighborhood leaders around District D. I recognize the names (besides mine) because I work with these leaders on neighborhood matters. I think this association is important and I’ll touch on it later.

“A politicians brand is made up of the actions they take and the people they surround themselves with.”

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UPHA 2009 Candidates Forum Q&A

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

At last evenings candidates forum, September 14, 2009, hosted by University Park Homeowners Associations (UPHA), over 50 citizens attended to learn more about Raleigh City Council At-Large, District D, and Mayoral candidates for the upcoming election on October 6, 2009.  Each candidate gave a brief introduction to themselves and why they are running for City Council.  Moderator Mike Reider then presented each candidate with questions from the audience.   Don’t forget to see the additional resources at the end (or share your own tools to help others in the comments).

Candidates in attendance

At-Large

District D

Mayor

Questions and answers

Disclaimer, the following is my best effort attempt to capture the questions and answers from the candidates.  I invite anyone in attendance or the candidates themselves to post any updates or corrections by contacting me or in the comments.  The questions are paraphrased to get right to the topic.

Q: Transportation: What are the first steps needed to bring light rail and bus services to Raleigh (to catch up to with Charlotte)?
A: Meeker

  1. Approve the first phase plan for additional bus services (75 new buses)
  2. Get the ½ cent sales tax passed (a county decision) which will probably occur this time next year

Q: Financing: How does Raleigh raise funding for the Little River reservoir project?
A: Enloe
Bring economic develop to downtown and all of Raleigh; it’s a shame that we have minor league baseball in Durham and Zebulon [and not Raleigh].  What about pursuing an NBA franchise for downtown Raleigh?  Sports are businesses.  General increase in revenues in downtown Raleigh can help raise the needed funds.

Q: Financing: How do we improve roads, pay down debt, save money, and lower taxes at the same time?
A: Hudson
Focus on looking through goals to cut areas in public works, i.e. look for things like no idol policies to cut fuel costs.  Look for cheaper vehicles (extend the use of vehicles where we can).  Not just use bonds to fund parks, look for state/federal money to use a mixture of funds.

Q: Entrepreneurship:  How will your entrepreneurial experience serve Raleigh?
A: Kunz
Had a privileged upbringing.  Had a dream, to start his own business.  There is risk involved.  The  entrepreneur spirit is not dead, but it’s not being cultivated.  One objective is to look more in-depth at the budget.

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City council candidates forums

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Are you ready to cast your ballot on Tuesday October 6, 2009? Wait, there’s an election? Yes, there is. Political signs are popping up around the district and the city. Municipal elections for Raleigh City Council and the Wake County Board of Education, seats that probably effect your everyday life the most at the local government scene, will be up for grabs. For City Council, you get a chance to vote on four seats: Mayor, District D, and two at-large seats.

Voter information

Wake County Board of Elections – www.wakegov.com/elections/. Note: September 11, 2009 is the last day to register or update your registration for this years election.

Candidates forums

There are several candidates forums being held in September. This is a great chance for you to get to know the candidates better and understand where they stand on certain issues.

Raleigh City Council Candidate Forum
Thursday, September 10, 2009
6:30 – 8:30 p.m., doors open at 6:15 p.m.
Temple Beth Or, 5315 Creedmoor Roadd, Raleigh
Sponsored by: WakeUP Wake County &
League of Women Voters of Wake County

UPHA Candidate’s Forum
Monday, September 14, 2009
Forum starts at 7:00 p.m.
Brooks Ave Church of Christ
(corner of Brooks Ave and Rosedale)
District D, At-Large, and Mayoral candidates will be in attendance