2022 Fayetteville Voter Guide

Fayetteville voters: make your voice heard in this year’s election for Mayor & City Council!

About the 2022 Fayetteville Election

This year’s election for Fayetteville Mayor & City Council will be on Tuesday, July 26. Polls will be open 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. on Election Day. Find your Election Day polling place.

Questions about Fayetteville’s election? Contact the Cumberland County Board of Elections at 910-678-7733.

WHAT DOES THE CITY COUNCIL DO?

The Mayor and the other members of the Fayetteville City Council make a wide range of decisions affecting your life. The City 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
• City Govt. Employee Wages & Benefits
• Appointments to Boards & Committees

Candidates for Fayetteville Mayor (vote for one candidate)

Mitch Colvin

Occupation: Mayor and Funeral Director

Background: Owner of Colvin Funeral Home and Crematory, served two terms as a City Councilman, served as Mayor Pro Tem – 2015-2017. Served as Mayor since 2017 to present. Appointed by Governor Cooper to several boards and commissions and worked with Biden Administration on issue during Pandemic and recovery.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected:
1-Retrain our citizens for next generation workforce, to include training in technology related fields; 2-Create housing trust to create partnerships to address workforce and affordable housing shortages; 3-Utilize technology and training to improve Public Safety

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (affordable housing, police accountability, or jobs for youth):
Jobs for youth: Incentive programs for technology and stem companies to participate in paid internships and externships.

Website: MayorMitchColvin.com

Freddie Delacruz

Occupation: Retired Army Combat Vet / Business Owner

Background: Retired MP Army Lieutenant Colonel/local business owner who served 32+ yrs. in the US Army, with five years in a combat zone. Served in over 20 different jobs and with 12 foreign militaries conducting real-world operations. Awarded Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, 8 Meritorious Service Medals.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected:
Safety and Security: Fund the police. Increase local hires and police patrols to provide for a safe and secured community. Economic Development: Grow municipal tax base that will raise the standard of living with good land development. Property Tax reduction from the increased municipal tax base.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (affordable housing, police accountability, or jobs for youth):
Police accountability and community relations: Conduct a Law Enforcement Employee Morale and Climate Surveys to determine the issues and concerns of the FPD employees. Address those concerns and issues as to allow employee empowerment to perform their duties. Constant police interactions with the local businesses, churches, and citizens.

Website: FreddieForMayor.com

Fayetteville City Council – District 1 (vote for one candidate)

Kathy Keefe Jensen

Occupation: Business Owner – An Affair to Remember prom, pageant, and formal wear; Keefe Enterprises, Inc

Background: I was elected in 2013 to Fayetteville City Council District 1, and I was elected as the Mayor Pro Tem this term. Our community has over $700 million dollars coming to us the next 2 to 3 years. I have experience and knowledge to keep our city moving forward.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected:
As a council member in district 1, my top priorities have still stayed the same. Any growing city has to stay on task with Public Safety, Economic Development, and Quality of Life. Protect our citizens, enhance our overall quality of life and create an environment for business to thrive.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (affordable housing, police accountability, or jobs for youth):
Jobs for youth: Education is the key to getting more workforce and economic development in our city. The city council has worked with both Universities and FTCC. By providing students the opportunity to learn, they will be able to join the workforce at a livable wage. Knowledge is power.

Website: VoteKathyJensen.com

Alex Rodriguez

Occupation: Security Officer, Dept. of the Army

Background: Retired Military, former Police Officer

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected:
1. Cut unneeded spending, 2. Re-organize the Fayetteville Police Department; 3. Lobby for term limits at the city-level

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (affordable housing, police accountability, or jobs for youth):
Affordable housing: Keep current affordable housing affordable, limit construction of new affordable units, rebuild and maintain current units. Focus on affordable single-family construction in order to increase property values citywide.

Website: facebook.com/jose.alex.rodriguez21

Fayetteville City Council – District 2 (vote for one candidate)

Shakeyla Ingram

Occupation: Marketing & Community Relations Professional

Background: • Born and raised in community of district 2; • Current sitting council representative for District 2; • Driven elected leader in Fayetteville, NC

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected:
Going within my second term on council I look to make Affordable Housing, Community Development, and Community Safety a priority. It is my hope that these three paired will spur community pride which will create better community relations and foster communities that are safer and stable.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (affordable housing, police accountability, or jobs for youth):
Police accountability and community relations: Police accountability & community relations are, rightfully so, everyone’s concern right now. Police accountability & community relations and Jobs for Youth go hand in hand. Equipping our grassroot organizations/community watches with resources will help foster stronger relations for our communities.

Website: VoteSIngram.com, facebook.com/smifaync

Tyrone A. Williams

Occupation: Real Estate Developer

Background: Served on the Fayetteville District 2 City Council in 2018; Served on the Economic Development Board in Norfolk, VA; Served in the U.S. Navy (Honorable Discharged);
Served on the Fayetteville Transit Board; Owner/Operator Community Advancement Awareness 501c3 (2007 to Present)

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected:
Economic Development, Infrastructure, and Sustainability are priorities that would change the future economic values of the city of Fayetteville.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (affordable housing, police accountability, or jobs for youth):
Jobs for youth: Investing in colleges such as Fayetteville State and Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) – Workforce training that would attract technology and industries.

Fayetteville City Council – District 3 (vote for one candidate)

Mario (Be) Benavente

Occupation: Law Student

Background: Growing up in a military family, I was raised with a strong sense of duty to my hometown. My experience in community organizing, city advisory boards and non-profit leadership, and my legal education from NCCU School of Law, have prepared me to be the most effective advocate running for District 3.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected:
Improving public safety is my top priority. The rise in gun violence must be addressed in a proactive manner with a focus on community healing and restorative justice practices. Secondly, address skyrocketing cost of child care through City sponsored incentives for employee training and development.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (affordable housing, police accountability, or jobs for youth):
Police accountability and community relations: Independent civilian oversight of our police department will ensure instances of misconduct are resolved in a fair and equitable manner. Public trust in law enforcement, especially in our most vulnerable communities, will improve under a system where accountability is the prevailing outcome.

Website: MarioBe.com

Antonio B. Jones

Occupation: REALTOR(r), Real Estate Broker, Leadership Instructor

Background: Native of Fayetteville, Former NC DHHS Epidemiology Regional Supervisor of 3 of 7 NC Regions, Veteran, Certified Public Manager on National & State Level, Certificate Project Management, Certificate Six Sigma Black belt, Leadership Instructor- Global Teaching Network, Owner of Key Diverse Solutions, LLC

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected:
Public Safety, Affordable & Workplace Housing, Infrastructure, Youth Crime Intervention

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (affordable housing, police accountability, or jobs for youth):
Affordable housing: Aggressively elicit HUD grants/funding to address our 20k unit deficit,
Create viable relationships w/ private Builders & Companies to construct affordable housing units with the City helping to subsidize costs, Create a Trust that will allow for affordable rents & the building of Affordable Units

Website Facebook – Committee to Elect Antonio B. Jones

Fayetteville City Council – District 4 (vote for one candidate)

Thomas C. Greene

No response from candidate

D.J. Haire

Occupation: 2nd Generation Local Business Owner (Real Estate)

Background: Married, Father of 5 Daughters, Member of Fayetteville City Council, Former Mayor Pro Tem, Served on State & NLC Boards, Member of my Neighborhood Watch Group, Church Elder, Sunday School Teacher, Recipient of NC Long Leaf Pine.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected:
My priorities are many: 1 – I will continue to support our local business community to receive more city contracts. 2 – Storm Water Runoff: I will continue to support policy that supports improving storm water runoff especially in older neighborhoods. 3 – Affordable Housing.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (affordable housing, police accountability, or jobs for youth):
Affordable housing: I will continue to support our present city policy to invest in more affordable housing. We presently have invested in our Murchison Choice, and our $33 million Cross Creek Point affordable housing project. I’ve also asked for some of our Rescue funding for affordable housing.

Website: twitter.com/djhairenc

Fayetteville City Council – District 5 (vote for one candidate)

Johnny Dawkins

Occupation: Benefits Consultant

Background: Three-term member of the Fayetteville City Council. Business owner of over 20 years. Past Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce. Past Chairman of the Military Affairs Council. Chairman of the Audit Committee. Chairman of the Stormwater Council Committee.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected:
Fully fund the Police and Fire Departments to enhance public safety. Remain a watchdog over our city finances. Protect neighborhoods to enhance the quality of life of all of our families.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (affordable housing, police accountability, or jobs for youth):
Police accountability and community relations:
Fully fund the Police Department, and encourage better relations between the Police and our many diverse neighborhoods.

Website: facebook.com/jldawkins

Frederick G. LaChance III

Occupation: business owner

Background: Ret. US Navy BMC (leadership) – business owner 28 years (budgeting knowledge). Grew up in Fayetteville, NC during my teen years 1964 to 1970. Went to Pine Forest High School 1966/70. Joined the Navy in 1970 and fought in Viet-Nam in 1972/73. Retired from the Navy in 1993. Opened my first store in 1993.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected:
1. Town halls for voters to express problems such as crime and city ventures. 2. Representation for district 5 voters & city voters. 3. Improvement in the education system.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (affordable housing, police accountability, or jobs for youth):
Police accountability and community relations: It’s time to replace the leadership of the police dept. You are only as good as your leader. Police accountability comes with a strong police chief who doesn’t take sides. When you become a police officer you take an oath to protect and serve everyone in Fayetteville and not a select few.

Website: Facebook: Fred G. LaChance for Fayetteville NC City Council

Fayetteville City Council – District 6 (vote for one candidate)

Peter Pappas

Occupation: Entrepreneur

Background: I am a local businessperson, the son of an immigrant, I was the first in my family to attend college. I have owned and operated restaurants, Commercial Real Estate Brokerage and Construction companies. I have been working full time for 24 years now.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected:
I will return REASON and ACCOUNTABILITY to our City Council. Compromise and common decency will be the norm, not the exception when I take my seat. Secondly, Public Safety has been, and will continue to be, a priority in this district.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (affordable housing, police accountability, or jobs for youth):
Affordable housing: Affordable Housing has many moving parts – but in this City, we must help those who need it. I believe in public/private partnerships. With proper government incentives, developers can create attractive homes/apts and ‘set aside’ a portion of rentals for Low Income Occupants.

Website: PappasFor6.com, facebook.com/pappasfor6

Derrick Thompson

Occupation: United States Postal Carrier/ Recently Retired

Background: I graduated from West Philadelphia High School in 1979. I joined the Army in 1983. After 21 years of faithful service in the Quartermaster Field, I retired in 2004. I continued my public service to our community for an additional 15 years of employment serving as a mail carrier for the (USPS).

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected:
Collaborate with our school board to provide a better service to students and save money. We need to build infrastructure, roads, and storm water system to prepare for the planning of big companies. We have the capability to expand the airport and make it a hub for UPS, USPS, and Amazon.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (affordable housing, police accountability, or jobs for youth):
Police accountability and community relations: I will assure the Fire, Police, Parks and Recreation Community services are protected. Community watch programs, building strong relationships with city officials, and infrastructure improvement are essential in changing our neighborhoods into communities.

Website: facebook.com/derrick.thompson.1004

Fayetteville City Council – District 7 (vote for one candidate)

Brenda McNair

Occupation: Business owner/Entrepreneur

Background: Born in Raeford, 5 sibling, Parents James C. McNair & Wilhelmina McNair, 2 sons 14 Grandchildren, Lives in Fayetteville NC, Master-of Business Administration, Studied Barber/Cosmetology, Criminal Justice, Bail Bonding, Fine Arts, Youth Ministry, Real Estate investor, Skilled Entrepreneur 35yrs.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected:
Identify and build on existing assets that offer the best opportunities for growth and develop strategies to support them. Engage all members of the community to plan for the future. Engage residents, business owners, and other stakeholders to develop a vision for the community’s future.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (affordable housing, police accountability, or jobs for youth):
Jobs for youth: Assigning priority to policies for job creation. Providing jobs in quantity and quality; Recommend that government policies support employment; public employment programmes, wage and training subsidies, sectoral programmes, counter-cyclical fiscal policies / youth entrepreneurship interventions.

Website: BrendaMcNair.com

Larry O. Wright, Sr.

Occupation: City Councilman District 7 / Retired Military 20 yrs

Background: Served on City Council 4 terms, 20yrs active military service, Recipient of Long Leaf Pine Award given by the Governor for 30 yrs of community service, president Fayetteville/Cumberland County Ministerial Council, Chairman of the board Fayetteville /Cumberland Homeless and Hunger Stand Down Council.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected:
1. Safe Community, Crime, citizens want to feel safe while traveling, shopping and recreating. 2. JOBS Creation focused on local and regional workforce to increase per capita income. 3. Infrastructure, Enhance City Street, traffic flow and storm water systems, increase our Smart City Capacity.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (affordable housing, police accountability, or jobs for youth):
Affordable housing: Affordable housing is essential for any city to grow and thrive. I have worked untiringly for the pass 8 years to ensure that housing remain a top priority. I Lobbied the Governor’s office and secured $2 million to help complete the project on Bunce Rd, in District 7. 49 families are new homeowners.

Website: facebook.com/ElectLarryWrightforCouncil

Fayetteville City Council – District 8 (vote for one candidate)

Courtney Banks-McLaughlin

Occupation: Elected Official and Entrepreneur

Background: Councilwoman Courtney Banks-McLaughlin was elected in 2019 by the residents of District 8 to serve her first term on the Fayetteville City Council. Mrs. Banks-McLaughlin’s experiences include Executive Leadership, Budgeting, Business Operational Organizations, Strategy Planning and Execution.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected:
Mrs. McLaughlin has been an advocate for the homeless community. She was appointed by The City of Fayetteville Mayor Mitch Colvin to serve on the Homeless Advisory Committee and serve as the Co-Chair. Under her leadership has been the construction of The Day Resource Center and men’s shelter.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (affordable housing, police accountability, or jobs for youth):
Police accountability and community relations: Councilwoman Banks-McLaughlin has expressed interest with the creation of the Police Citizens Review Board for transparency and police accountability. In 2022 council members appointed (9) residents to the Community Police Advisory Board.

Website: facebook.com/courtneydistrict8

Michael Pinkston

Occupation: Small Business Owner, The Climbing Place downtown Fayetteville

Background: After 21 years in the Army, my wife and I built The Climbing Place (in business for almost 30 years). I have served on numerous boards to include, Center for the Blind, Great Oaks, Find a Friend, Operation Cease Fire and Operation in as Much.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected:
Safety is my number one priority. Infrastructure is my second priority. We need police substations in all districts.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (affordable housing, police accountability, or jobs for youth):
Police accountability and community relations:
I think that the Fayetteville Police Department is doing a fine job. As far as their community relations is concerned, it needs some improvement. Let the police do their job, they do not need anyone looking over their shoulder, civilians are not trained, and have no authority to get in the way.

Website: no response from candidate

Fayetteville City Council – District 9 (vote for one candidate)

Deno Hondros

No response from candidate

Yvonne Y. Kinston

Occupation: AT&T, Sales and Service and Executive Vice of Communication Workers of America (CWA)

Background: Thirty years of Customer Service, Business Management and Human Resources experience. Served on the Audit Committee and Appointment Committee (2019-2022). Commissioner to the North Carolina Volunteerism and Community Service (2017) NC State AFL-CIO Executive Board Vice President.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected:
Strengthening Our Community: Communication is the foundation to working with residents. Knowing what impacts residents and addressing those concerns head on. (Public Safety) Being transparent and honest with the direct of the city. Fostering understanding & Collaboration to achieve progress.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (affordable housing, police accountability, or jobs for youth):
Affordable housing: Starting with livable wages, education opportunities and quality affordable childcare for our city. Advocate for resources for first-time home buyers. Foster partnerships with local Realtors and stakeholders for opportunities. Continue to work for a balanced foundation to eliminate the gap.

Website: facebook.com/yvonne.kinston.9

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Questions about Fayetteville’s election?

Contact the Cumberland County Board of Elections at 910-678-7733.