There is a lot of misinformation and blatant lying going on in the 2019 Raleigh City Council elections. I have been a target, as have several other incumbents. Some of the falsehoods are being spread by special interest groups, some are being spread by our challengers, some by local news media.
The negativity and lack of regard for the truth are very disappointing.
I am proud to run on my record supporting balanced growth, constituent engagement, and consensus-building.
And I want you to know the truth about a number of issues that have been raised.
#1 - The Tale of the Sidewalk
My opponent says he decided to run against me because I opposed a sidewalk.
- The sidewalk is being built.
• My involvement has led to lower costs and more trees saved.
• I voted against the sidewalk initially because 80% of the on-street residents were opposed.
• City policy dictated that we listen to them.
• Area residents wanted a sidewalk and asked me to reconsider.
• I held a neighborhood meeting and agreed to move forward with the sidewalk.
• We revised City policy to include input from surrounding neighbors in the future.
• While I heard from, responded to, and met with many residents who had concerns, I never once heard from my opponent about the sidewalk.
#2 - The Tale of the Rooftop Restaurant
My opponent claims that I was responsible for the delays in the opening of Scott Crawford’s Jolie Restaurant.
- As a neighboring property owner, I attended the Board of Adjustment hearing.
- I sought and received, guidance from the City Attorney that this was appropriate.
- I spoke at the hearing to reinforce city staff concerns about the need to shield neighbors from rooftop dining noise.
- No additional requirements were placed on Mr. Crawford as a result of my actions.
- Crawford’s hearing was postponed for one month because he neglected to send legal counsel to the original hearing.
- Any delays in the opening of the restaurant are Mr. Crawford’s responsibility.
- If Mr. Crawford or any small business owners have concerns about City regulations, I encourage them to contact me so we can work together to streamline processes.
#3 - The City of Raleigh’s Fiscal Condition
My opponent claims that the City of Raleigh is in financial trouble.
- The City of Raleigh is not in financial trouble.
- The City of Raleigh continues to maintain a AAA Bond Rating.
- We are in great shape financially, and we always will be, because we are required by law to have a balanced budget.
#4 - The Infrastructure is crumbling
My opponent claims that the infrastructure in the City of Raleigh is crumbling.
- The City of Raleigh is not crumbling.
- In July 2019, our public utilities department received an "Excellence in Management Platinum Recognition" from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies for our "commitment to sustainable, successful programs that exemplify the attributes of an effectively managed utility."
- In 2019, Raleigh received national recognition for having four times FEWER sewer overflows than the national average.
- The smaller rate increase we approved in 2019 (1.6% instead of 3.2%) had no effect on the utilities maintenance budget which was funded at over 160%.
#5 - The council is dysfunctional
My opponent claims that Council is dysfunctional and "can’t agree" on issues.
Of the many resolutions considered at all of the council meetings from January to June 2019:
- 93% were approved unanimously
- another 5% were approved by a split vote, and
- 2% were not approved.
- This Council passed resolutions on ADUs and on Short-term rentals (Air BnB) when previous councils had failed to reach consensus on those items for four or five years.
- This Council passed the budget, with no tax increase, unanimously.
- This Council passed the Dix Master Plan unanimously.