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2017 Fayetteville Primary Election Calendar

Sept. 15: Voter registration deadline

Sept. 21 - Oct. 7 : Early voting & same-day registration

Oct. 3: Last day to request absentee ballot

TUESDAY, OCT. 10 : PRIMARY ELECTION DAY
(polls open 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.)

 

 

 

 

 

Fayetteville Mayor
Vote for 1 candidate in this race

Mitch Colvin

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Background:
(submitted by candidate)

President of Colvin Funeral Homes and Crematory and Affordable Cremations; Current Mayor Pro Tem; 2-term City Councilman District 3; NC Governor's Crime Commissioner; Chairman of Fayetteville/Houston Astro Baseball Committee; City of Fayetteville Representative-FAMPO Board

Click to see question responses from Mitch Colvin

What qualifications or approach to city government makes you the best candidate for this position?

The last four years on Council and my last two years as Mayor Pro Tem makes me uniquely qualified to be Mayor. I have seen the intricate workings of local government and understand the importance of building consensus to get things done.

How important is affordable housing to Fayetteville’s future and how do you propose ensuring that the city maintains an adequate stock of affordable housing?

The availability of Affordable Housing is critical to the livability of a city. We must address this issue on several fronts. First, we should continue to increase the inventory of quality, affordable living options. Secondly, we must continue to attract livable wage employers to our community. We must continue to discourage slum lords from taking advantage of our citizens.

What are your ideas to create more jobs for young people, especially those groups with traditionally higher unemployment rates like young African-Americans?

My experience as an employer gives me a unique perspective for creating jobs. I will work to build the greatest workforce in our area. In the first 100 days, I will spearhead a work force summit with concentration on vocational training, and improving soft skills for our citizens.

What are your views and plans regarding police-community relations? Should Fayetteville establish a police-community oversight board with investigatory and disciplinary powers?

I have always advocated for a Police Review Board or Committee. The community and the Police can only have a true relationship when trust and transparency exist. We should look to other city models for guidance on the formation of the Review Board.

What can or should Fayetteville do to provide access to efficient, reliable public transportation for all citizens?

A city is only as strong as its Public transportation. As Mayor I would advocate for a well-funded countywide transit system, with the goal of establishing a regional transit system in the future. This can be done with regional collaboration.

What issue is NOT getting the attention it deserves from city government? How would you address it?

I feel the city has failed to work in the area of job creation. Our unemployment rate has not been below the state and national level under this current Mayor. This is unacceptable.

Kirk Deviere

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Background:
(submitted by candidate)

Kirk currently serve on the Fayetteville City Council. He is a small business owner and veteran. Kirk has actively served on multiple boards and community initiatives in leadership roles over the last 17 years in Fayetteville.

Click to see question responses from Kirk Deviere

What qualifications or approach to city government makes you the best candidate for this position?

Kirk is a team builder and innovator. He brings unique insights as a military veteran and business owner. His wife and new son inspire him to create a better tomorrow for future generations. He is committed to changing the city’s inequalities.

How important is affordable housing to Fayetteville’s future and how do you propose ensuring that the city maintains an adequate stock of affordable housing?

The city must address the critical shortage of affordable housing. Affordable housing plays a key role in creating a stronger city because of the stability it provides to families. We should look at policies that promote mixed-income, racially desegregated communities and create a plan to forecast the need and development of housing.

What are your ideas to create more jobs for young people, especially those groups with traditionally higher unemployment rates like young African-Americans?

We must recruit jobs that pay at least a living wage and ones that provide opportunities at all levels. We must invest in our workforce to prepare for these jobs whether in technical fields like cyber security or vocational fields like plumbing or electrician. A strong and ready workforce is key to recruitment.

What are your views and plans regarding police-community relations? Should Fayetteville establish a police-community oversight board with investigatory and disciplinary powers?

Kirk supports the new police chief and her vision for community relations. Kirk still supports the Civilian Police Review Board that was adopted by the City Council in 2012 based on recommendation by the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE). It is critical that any final legislation protects the rights of the police officers.

What can or should Fayetteville do to provide access to efficient, reliable public transportation for all citizens?

The City should continue its investment in transit, as a strong transit system is another sign of a successful city. This investment includes continued growth of routes and partnership like that with Fayetteville State University and Fort Bragg. We must also begin to look at how we can partner with other municipalities in our region.

What issue is NOT getting the attention it deserves from city government? How would you address it?

Poverty is the biggest threat facing our city. We must address that 25% of our community live in poverty and we have children whose lifetime income levels will be 18% less than their parents. We will create “levels of change” through the “Pathways For Prosperity” initiative that I have championed over the last year.

Quancidine Gribble

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Background:
(submitted by candidate)

A leader in the Community by doing. I have and I am still being proactive in my community by helping people with issues, resources and showing them how they can get things done.

Click to see question responses from Quancidine Gribble

What qualifications or approach to city government makes you the best candidate for this position?

I know how to use the proper channels and resources to get things accomplished on a huge scale. By being able to operate outside of the box, I will be an effective leader for the residents in the City of Fayetteville.

How important is affordable housing to Fayetteville’s future and how do you propose ensuring that the city maintains an adequate stock of affordable housing?

Affordable housing is of the utmost priority. We have Veterans, homeless Veterans, homeless people and people living below the poverty line in Fayetteville. By making sure Habitat for Humanity has enough Volunteers and money to keep building houses affordable. I also want funding for similar programs so everyone can afford a home or one afforded for them.

What are your ideas to create more jobs for young people, especially those groups with traditionally higher unemployment rates like young African-Americans?

First we have to start with education and with the trades that are in demand: carpenters, electricians and plumbers. I will start a mentorship program and encourage FTCC to be available.

What are your views and plans regarding police-community relations? Should Fayetteville establish a police-community oversight board with investigatory and disciplinary powers?

I will start this much-needed oversight committee because I know firsthand that this is needed in the City of Fayetteville because I have had to contact the FBI several times about illegal acts that the Police Officers are doing that are supposed to be employed by the City of Fayetteville Police Department and not Clandestine employers.

What can or should Fayetteville do to provide access to efficient, reliable public transportation for all citizens?

This is simple. Put more money into the transportation budget. Create an APP for our residents to be able to find out when, where and what time reliable transportation will be available. This is about providing more specialty vans for the disabled. This budget will have to be increased.

What issue is NOT getting the attention it deserves from city government? How would you address it?

TRANSPARENCY, TRANSPARENCY, TRANSPARENCY. First, our residents deserve to know what funds are coming to Fayetteville and how these funds are being distributed. I will start a TRANSPARENCY DATABASE that will be connected to the City of Fayetteville website. Since this is Federal Money, these funds should be TRANSPARENT.

Nat Robertson

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Background:
(submitted by candidate)

I was first elected to the Fayetteville City Council in 1989, then in 1991, 1993 and 1999. I won my first term as Mayor in 2013, my second term in 2015 and now running for my third term.

Click to see question responses from Nat Robertson

What qualifications or approach to city government makes you the best candidate for this position?

Experience and a proven track record. Our city is recognizing record employment, record home sales, record reduction in our crime rate, record amount of new business moving to town, we are building infrastructure and building a better quality of life!

How important is affordable housing to Fayetteville’s future and how do you propose ensuring that the city maintains an adequate stock of affordable housing?

Affordable housing is most important in Fayetteville due to the retired warriors residing in our City.  Since being Mayor, we have expanded our affordable housing units and have been recognized by WalletHub as the Most Affordable city in the U.S. to live in.

What are your ideas to create more jobs for young people, especially those groups with traditionally higher unemployment rates like young African-Americans?

Since becoming your Mayor in 2013, Fayetteville’s unemployment rate has dropped from 8.9% to 5.3% according to the U.S. Department of Labor.  We are doing that through improving policy that directly effects businesses, we are improving our Quality of Life so people want to move here and our young residents want to stay here.

What are your views and plans regarding police-community relations? Should Fayetteville establish a police-community oversight board with investigatory and disciplinary powers?

Since becoming your Mayor, we have started several programs that reach out into the community to establish relations with the public.  Even though I don’t believe it is needed right now, I would be receptive to studying the advantages of an “oversight board” if the General Assembly allowed it.

What can or should Fayetteville do to provide access to efficient, reliable public transportation for all citizens?

We must continue to have and build a strong public transportation system. For our City to grow and our residents to commute to their jobs, we must continue to expand routes, expand hours and continue to add more covered benches at our bus stops.  We open our new FAST center in September.

What issue is NOT getting the attention it deserves from city government? How would you address it?

I continue to work toward bringing more attention to our Opioid crises and homelessness.  I have co-chaired Task Forces on these and have made great strides in both of these areas.  We have saved lives from some suffering with addition and have been recognized by the Obama White House for our work on Veteran homelessness.

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