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Sept. 15 : Voter registration deadline

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Oct. 3 : Last day to request absentee ballot

TUESDAY, OCT. 10 : ELECTION DAY
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Raleigh City Council (District E)
Vote for 1 candidate in this race

Bonner Gaylord

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Background:
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Councilman Gaylord is currently serving his fourth term representing District E at City Council. He was born and raised here in Raleigh. He received his undergraduate and MBA degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill. Since 2004, he has worked for Kane Realty Corporation, currently serving as Managing Director of Operations.

Click to see question responses from Bonner Gaylord

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

With Raleigh’s population exploding, affordable housing has become a significant challenge. We must add more housing, particularly affordable housing, to ensure all residents have a place in our community. Council realizes this and has made it a priority. Last year, we dedicated a penny of the property tax rate to fund affordable housing, which helps us triple the number of units.

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

The City needs to continue to increase its investments in youth employment opportunities. If we continue to attract more jobs through economic development activity and community building, companies with youth employment opportunities will continue to desire a presence in our city.

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

Good police-community relations are built on trust. Community policing has the ability to establish and grow trust.  We have significantly invested in community policing and engagement with the community. We have been nationally recognized for these programs. We also implemented the first Citizen’s Police Academy. In NC, cities do not have the authority to convene a board with subpoena authority.

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

Our city needs to be ahead of the curve in transportation management so that Raleigh does not become the next Atlanta. We need to update our city’s streets for multiple uses and improve our public transportation to meet current and future urban transit demands. This includes allowing more affordable modes of transportation to grow and be more accessible.

What can the city do to promote more grocery store and healthy food options in food-insecure communities?

I would look to organizations with experience in this area for guidance, such as UpLift, a nonprofit that helps struggling grocery stores afford good food or organizations that help educate people on how to cook healthy foods. Additionally, I believe the city should actively pursue surplus land for urban agriculture.

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

While the city doesn’t have responsibility for human services, we need to continue to work with the county on solutions for our opioid epidemic.

Stef Mendell

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Background:
(submitted by candidate)

Moved to Raleigh in 1964. Attended Lacy, Martin, & Broughton. BA & MS from UNC-CH. International communications executive. Neighborhood advocate. Successfully fought proposed high-rise at neighborhood shopping center. Led initiative to get storm water regulations applied to infill development.

Click to see question responses from Stef Mendell

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

Affordable housing is a top priority. The $5.9M/yr that is earmarked for affordable housing is insufficient to meet the need.  We should earmark some of the proceeds from the sale of City property to add to the affordable housing budget. Tax incentives, tax credits, and tax abatements also could be utilized to increase the supply.

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

My first job after college was with Raleigh’s Prevent High School Dropouts program. I support similar programs where young people are exposed to academic and professional resources and opportunities that help them better realize their potential. Also internship programs to teach job skills and provide job experience, as well as arrest expungement/ban the box efforts.

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

I’ve seen many positive examples of police outreach to the community since the Akiel Denkins shooting. An oversight board comprising members of the police, the community, and city staff/officials can work to improve relations, but it is my understanding that such a board must be approved by the NC General Assembly.

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

Continue to work with Wake County and the NC DOT to improve mass transit options.  Bus Rapid Transit is coming and will help. We need more bus shelters and safe pedestrian access to bus stops. We also must promote development near transit hubs as well as development that is pedestrian and bicycle friendly.

What can the city do to promote more grocery store and healthy food options in food-insecure communities?

Partner with private and public entities to promote community gardens. Utilize the City’s Unified Development Ordinance and Comprehensive Plan to incentivize more grocery stores and fewer fast-food outlets in food-insecure communities. More transit options for easier access to healthy food options.

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

Undue influence of special interests on development decisions. We need an equal partnership among developers, residents, and city staff/officials in support of responsible development that is compatible with existing neighborhoods, respects the environment, and provides adequate infrastructure in support of Smart Growth. We need more citizen representation on Council and committees.

Derek Walker

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