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Wake County Commissioner (District 6)

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    David Blackwelder
    (Rep)

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    Greg Ford
    (Dem)

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Biographical Information

What are your top 2 or 3 priorities for action on the Commission? (40 words maximum)

What policies should the county pursue to improve the affordability of housing? (30 words maximum)

What policies should be pursued to promote job development and equal employment opportunities? (30 words maximum)

What is your stance on the county’s current or future collaboration with federal immigration enforcement? (30 words maximum)

How will you ensure community transparency and accountability for the Sheriff's Department? (30 words maximum)

Experience (35 words max) Police Officer, Crisis Intervention Officer, School Resource Officer, Crime Prevention Specialist, Active Shooter Response, Grant Writer, Community Policing Coordinator, and Traffic Safety Coordinator
3 favorite endorsements for this election Fraternal Order of Police of Wake County; Frederick Douglass Foundation (NC);
School security, which would include simplifying designs and building for security optimization. Providing Wake County Employees with a livable wage. Creating opportunity zones in lower economic areas to promote job growth and local opportunities for the community.
Working with local governments and non-profit organizations to construct affordable housing in the area. Working with Home Builders to incorporate a percentage of their development projects as affordable housing.
I would implement Opportunity Zones, which will attract investment capital in low-economic areas of Wake County. These incentives will provide tax benefits to investors and promote job development in these areas.
I believe we should comply with federal immigration enforcement requests, especially with individuals who are a danger to the public.
I will ensure that Deputies wear Body Cameras and work with the community on fostering positive relationships. I believe strongly in community policing and community involvement.
Experience (35 words max) Prior to election as commissioner in 2016, Greg was a teacher and principal in Wake schools from 1997-2015. He serves on multiple nonprofit boards, focusing on public health, managed growth and sound fiscal policy.
3 favorite endorsements for this election Wake NCAE; Sierra Club; Equality NC
Ensuring a strong public school system remains a top priority for Wake County children, families, businesses, and for expanding our quality of life. Fiscal responsibility while planning for growth, public health and infrastructure remain key priorities as well.
Per the Affordable Housing Plan, Wake is producing & preserving affordable housing through 1. changes to our land use policies; 2. leveraging public and private funding; and 3. direct investment of county revenues.
Investment in WCPSS & Wake Tech - and strategic planning for housing and transit - will help ensure a diverse talent pipeline. Growth incentives for targeted industries & minority-owned businesses should continue.
Republicans at the state & federal levels prohibited local governments from limiting cooperation with immigration enforcement. Founded by immigrants, Wake County should remain a welcoming community for all people.
In Wake County, the Sheriff is elected independently by its citizens. Commissioners and staff provide additional oversight through Q&A and analysis of the Sheriff Department's annual budget requests to the County.