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Paul Terrell

Raleigh - City Council District C


Name as it appears on the ballot: Paul Terrell

Party affiliation, if any: Republican

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Occupation & Employer: Lead Maintenance Technician/ Cree, Inc.

Years lived in NC: 10 years

Given the current direction of Raleigh city government, would you say things are generally on the right course? If not, what are the specific, major changes you will advocate if elected?

We are dealing with a very large debt that could damage our credit rating. It also can affect what kind of money we have available for future needs. Public Transportation in Southeast Raleigh is sub-standard.

If you are a candidate for a district seat, please identity your priorities for improvements in the district if you're elected.

Public Transportation

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What in your record as a public official or other experience demonstrates your ability to be effective as a member of City Council? If you've identified specific issues above, what in your record has prepared you to be an effective advocate for them?

I have been a taxpaying citizen who has seen his fees to include water rise out of control. I have been a volunteer on the County level.

How do you identify yourself to others in terms of your political philosophy? For example, do you tell people you're a conservative, a progressive, a libertarian, or what?


The Independent's mission is to help build a just community in the Triangle. If elected, how will your service in office help further that goal?

I will help build a just society that gets the government out of our lives to the best extent possible. I do not need a nanny state telling me where I can live or what I can eat. We do government for security and for helping those that cannot help themselves.

Please address the following major issues in Raleigh:

Is the city's debt load too high? Or does the fact that Raleigh retains its AAA bond rating indicate that the debt load is manageable for our city our size?

The Raleigh debt situation is into crisis levels. And they are thinking about putting additional bond issues on the ballot. Raleigh is spending our children's' and grandchildren's' money.

Is the property tax rate too high? Too low? Or about right?

The property tax rate could be lower, but is in the just right window.

The proposed Clarence Lightner Public Safety Center is stalled. Should it be built? If not, what should be done to meet the city's facility needs for police, fire and emergency operations?

The whole issue with this is that they want to build it where the real estate is the most expensive. How about if we build it we build it where it is needed. Southeast Raleigh!

What other major capital projects, if any, do you want the city to undertake in the coming years?

Ensure we have a capacity of water for future growth and places to put our trash.

Do you support the transit plan for Raleigh and Wake County developed by Triangle Transit and the committee of Wake mayors? Do you support taking the 1/2-cent sales tax for transit to Wake County voters in the next two years? If its on the ballot, do you expect to support or oppose its passage?

No, you can take anything to the voters you want. They will vote it down. I oppose any tax increase.

Raleigh has two bond issues on the ballot in October, one for transportation projects and the second for affordable housing. Do you favor or oppose their passage?

I oppose bond issues as a general practice. If you cannot afford to pay for something and need to accumulate debt, I am against it.

With the state hospital closing, what is your vision for the 306-acre Dorothea Dix tract? Should it all be a destination park someday? Should development be allowed on part or all of it

We should dedicate a portion for a park and sell some of it. Use the money we make on it to fund the other needs in the city.

Regarding the health insurance benefit provided to city employees, should elective abortions be included or excluded for coverage? Please explain your answer.

No, taxpayer money should not used to pay for abortions. And no unfunded mandate should be forces upon workers either.

Regarding health insurance and other benefits provided to city employees, should the partners of LGBT employees be offered the same access to benefits as married spouses?

Partner of LGBT workers can get benefits if every single person with a live in partner gets those same benefits.

If there are other issues you want to discuss, please do so here.

We need to make sure that public transportation issues are addressed in Southeast Raleigh.

Despite what Bob Geary says race should not play a part in my election or any election.

To learn about other candidates' stances on the issues, read their 2011 Candidate Questionnaires.

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