2022 Cary Voter Guide

Cary voters: make your voice heard in this year’s election for Town Council!

About the 2022 Cary Election

There will be a runoff election for Cary Town Council At-Large and Cary Town Council District C on Tuesday, July 26. On the same day, there will also be a runoff in the Democratic primary for Wake County sheriff. Polls will be open 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. on July 26. Find your Election Day polling place.

Learn more about the July runoff election.

Questions about Cary’s election? Contact the Wake County Board of Elections at 919-404-4040.

WHAT DOES THE TOWN COUNCIL DO?

Members of the Cary Town Council make a wide range of decisions affecting your life. The Town Council sets policies and priorities and oversees the many functions of local government, including:

• The Police & Fire Departments
• Economic & Community Development
• Anti-Discrimination Ordinances
• Tax Rates & the City Budget
• Streets, Sidewalks & Road Repair
• Historic Preservation

• Zoning & Building Code Enforcement
• Affordable Housing
• Recreation, Parks & Arts Programs
• Water & Waste Disposal
• Town Govt. Employee Wages & Benefits
• Appointments to Boards & Committees

Candidates for Cary Town Council – At-Large
(vote for one candidate)

Ken George

Occupation: Owner, NetSmart, Inc., an IT Services company since 1995

Background: Served non-profits for years as President or Chair, beginning 1989 for the Cary Sister Cities Commission, Rotary President, West Raleigh Baseball President and Exchange Club Member, Cary High PTA President, Band Booster, President Mustang Club, Haiti Relief Coordinator, 4 years on Cary Town Council

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected:
Properly financing road maintenance for growing miles of new paved roads in Cary to protect our vehicles and young drivers. Preserving green space and open areas, encouraging conservation and policies to prevent continued erosion and flooding in our neighborhoods. Affordable housing statement below.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (affordable housing, police accountability, or jobs for youth):
Affordable housing: An affordable housing initiative to make ADU’s plentiful, helping both the homeowner and renter. Waive development fees for ADU’s that have rent set based on affordability. Give grants for construction with 20 year protection of rents, rather then supplement apartment developers who clear cut trees.

Website: Cary.com

Carissa Johnson

Occupation: Marketing Manager

Background: My record of volunteer service to the community will help inform me in shaping Cary municipal policy: •Previous: Cary’s Information Services Advisory Board, VC of the Cary150 Commission, Cary School of Government; •Current: FEMA Community Emergency Response Team member and a sworn Guardian ad Litem

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected:
•Work to build private-public-nonprofit partnerships to build capacity to ease the housing affordability crisis; •Create equity opportunities and better municipal access for all, including a non-discrimination ordinance; •Champion opportunities for Cary to adopt greener practices and renewable energy

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (affordable housing, police accountability, or jobs for youth):
Affordable housing: Our housing crisis requires swift action to stem the loss of moderately priced homes and rentals. Council must prioritize funding and resources for our Housing Plan, and partner with private, public, and non-profit orgs to quickly ramp up capacity to shore up housing for Seniors and working folks.

Website: ElectCarissa.com

Candidates for Cary Town Council – District C
(vote for one candidate)

Renee Miller

Website: VoteReneeMiller.com

no further response from candidate

Jack Smith

Occupation: Custom Golf Travels LLC, Owner

Background: A former Fortune 50 VPHR and organizational development professional by trade. Helped companies improve their productivity, and trained their management how to hire a culturally diverse workforce. Served eight four-year terms and am the longest serving elected official in Cary’s history.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected:
1. Focus on neighborhood public safety. Cannot rest on our laurels and must expand our activities. 2. Broaden Cary’s environmental protections/programs. Increase our highly regarded sustainability and regenerative initiatives. 3. Keep citizens informed/involved. Trust is built on full transparency.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (affordable housing, police accountability, or jobs for youth):
Affordable housing: Increase our affordable housing stock by expanding our partnerships with not-for-profits. Assist with funding in excess of 4% of towns budget, enabling the town to act quicker than on its own. Enhance assistance programs to individuals seeking to live in Cary.

Website: JackForCary.org

Candidates in Democratic primary runoff for Wake County Sheriff

Willie Rowe

Party: Democratic

Occupation: Chairman, Wake County ABC Board

Background: U.S. Army veteran and retired Major from the Wake County Sheriff’s Office with over forty years of experience in public safety. Served on the senior staff and assisted with developing and implementing policies and procedures, supervising and managing staff, resources and daily operations.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected:
1. Reduce crime and enhance public safety; 2. Restore public trust in the Sheriff’s Office leadership; 3. Increase staffing, improve morale and community engagement. The impact will ensure equal protection for all, create opportunity and safer communities.

As Sheriff, what steps would you take to enhance community accountability, such as prompt release of law enforcement videos and funding for mental health personnel?
Establish a Community Engagement Team to address the mental health crisis, drug addiction and teen bullying. Increase community interaction to foster positive relationships with the residents; and work with all stakeholders to secure the legal release of law enforcement videos in a timely manner.

Website: RoweforSheriff.com

Gerald M. Baker

Party: Democratic

Occupation: Wake County Sheriff

Background: 32-Year Veteran of the Wake County Sheriff’s Office. Bachelor of Science Graduate of Saint Augustine’s University, Majoring in Organizational Management. 2001 Graduate of the North Carolina State University’s AOMP. 30 years of career-related training.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected:
Maintaining an Office committed & dedicated to serving to all of Wake County. Maintaining this Office’s integrity, total accountability, and transparency. Keeping this Office fiscally sound and being good stewards of taxpayers’ dollars.

As Sheriff, what steps would you take to enhance community accountability, such as prompt release of law enforcement videos and funding for mental health personnel?
Continue this Office’s current efforts in community outreach & service. Support the lawful release of LEO video. We have approved grant funding for staffing to assist with WCSO employee mental health needs.

Website: WakeForBaker2022.com

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Questions about Cary’s election?

Contact the Wake County Board of Elections at 919-404-4040