Carrboro Mayor & Town Council Candidates Questionnaire

ELECTION 2021

Barbara Foushee, Jaqueline Gist, Randee Haven-O’Donnell and Aja Kelleher are candidates for town council. Damon Seils is a candidate for mayor.

1: Suppose you could have one of the following two superpowers: the ability to fly or the ability to make yourself invisible. Which superpower would you choose and why?

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2: What do you consider the 2-3 most important actions the town government can take to address the challenge of climate change? Explain your answer.

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3: What do you consider the 2-3 most important actions the Town government can take to encourage more use of public transit, cycling and walking in Carrboro?

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4: What would you do to help existing local businesses in downtown Carrboro survive and thrive as the pandemic lingers? Explain your answer.

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5: Under what circumstances, if any, would you support offering tax incentives to attract new businesses to Carrboro? Explain your answer.

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6: Property values and sale prices in Carrboro have skyrocketed during the pandemic. Property taxes have also just increased steeply. Given this trend, what can the Town do to increase the availability of housing that low- and moderate-income households can afford?

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7: What does Carrboro’s slogan, “Feel Free,” mean to you?

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8: What do you consider some of the strengths of Carrboro Town staff? What changes or improvements would you like to see in the work of Town staff?

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9: Describe a characteristic of Carrboro that you value and would like to like to preserved. What can the Town government do to help preserve it? Describe a characteristic of Carrboro that you would like to see changed. What can the Town government do to help change it?

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10: Infrastructure has been a big topic at the national level this year. What significant infrastructure investments, if any, should the Town of Carrboro make in the near future and why?

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11: What other question do you wish we had asked?

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2 Comments on "Carrboro Mayor & Town Council Candidates Questionnaire"

  1. Glenn "Buzz" Floyd | October 20, 2021 at 3:25 pm | Reply

    I agree with Aja Kelleher — The planned spending of our citizen’s money for the construction of a brick and mortar style town Library is not well aligned with any 21st century view of what Carrboro should be prioritizing in its needs of our fine town of Carrboro!

  2. Glenn "Buzz" Floyd | October 20, 2021 at 3:30 pm | Reply

    Again I agree with Aja Kelleher — Downtown Carrboro parking should remain plentiful. It’s one of the reasons Carrboro has flourished while Chapel Hill sees tumbleweeds rolling down Franklin street, thus leaving many businesses to fail because of a hassle to find a convenient place to park.

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