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Forsyth County Commissioner (At-Large)

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    Keenen Altic
    (Grn)

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    A. L. (Buddy) Collins
    (Rep)

  • Ted Kaplan
    (Dem)

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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) Capitalism is a system where workers do not have control of the value they produce. The global crash of capitalism in 2008 never recovered for the working class.
Stop Immigration & Customs Enforcement from using County Detention Center. Fund public education according to teacher and student needs. Exempt taxes on low value property paid for by demilitarizing the Sheriff's department and graduated tax on high value property.
Limit how much all landlords can charge for rent to 25% of tenant income. Make minimum wage $15 an hour.
Workers should have democratic ownership of workplaces and in public schools we should teach students how democracy is applied to workplaces.
No human is illegal. Immigration is not a law enforcement issue. The County should not allow the Sheriff to honor INS detainer requests.
The FCSO should have a public report of all of its inventory and detentions prepared under the direction of a civilian elected review board with hiring and firing power.
Experience (35 words max) My focus on the Commission will be simple – improving our schools, growing our economy, keeping our citizens and our community safe, and restoring fiscal responsibility to county government. Keeping your priorities will be my priorities.
3 favorite endorsements for this election Rep. Donny Lambeth, Dr. Larry Coble, NC Treasurer Dale Folwell
1. Education First! - Make sure expenditures and resources aligned to provide quality education for all children

2. Public Safety- Address the mental health component to crime

3. Economic growth by first supporting small business with a stable tax rate
A stable and predictable tax rate is essential to maintaining affordable housing. The establishment of a well-trained workforce is essential for the job security necessary to provide access to mortgage loans.
Small business is the economic engine for job creation in our county. Access to a well-trained workforce is necessary for small businesses to thrive. A quality education for all children is an essential prerequisite
The sheriff's department must establish its policies with respect to interagency cooperation. I see no role of the county commission in this area.
The county commission is responsible for the budget of the Sheriff's department. As such the department is accountable to the Commission for its stewardship of funds allocated for the operation of the department.
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