Slogan: “Less Government Control”
Profession: Owner of mail service
Residence: Black Mountain
Funding: $600-$700 raised. Pledged to raise no more than $1,000 for his campaign.
Endorsements: None reported
1. Do you favor A) creating a regional water authority, B) giving the existing system to the Metropolitan Sewerage District or C) leaving it under Asheville’s control? Why?
I would prefer to have it under the Metropolitan Sewerage District and have it all under one because of so many situations, and to have it be where there is some consideration made that all the water you use does not go through that sewage system.
2. Do you support granting domestic-partner rights and/or benefits to Buncombe County employees? (Yes/No) Why?
No, I do not. It, for me, is a personal decision. I don’t see that as a part of what as a society we need to be promoting. To me, by giving those, we’re promoting something that I am totally against.
3. Do you favor offering tax breaks and other economic-development incentives to companies that agree to move here or expand existing facilities and hire local workers? (Yes/No) Why?
Depending on the circumstances. If it’s tax breaks, that’s one thing, but to go out and buy the property for them, take it off the tax roll, [and] reduce the value of property that was already on the rolls, as was recently done out in Skyland, I do not support that.
4. Do you think the county should make funding the Connect Buncombe greenways a high priority? (Yes/No) Why?
No, unless there is an excess of money. There are far more other things more important than greenways.
5. What’s the most important role of county government in job creation?
People who want to come here are [people who are] confident that they’re not going to be overtaxed, [and] that their workers will be able to buy homes here that are not overpriced. … The less government, the less control, the better off people are.