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City Candidate Forum

Candidates answered questions on a range of topics including community growth, government transparency and accountability, and their vision for Fayetteville.

Tuesday evening saw a packed room as voters listened to the city candidates’ plans for our community. Candidates answered questions on a range of topics including community growth, government transparency and accountability, and their vision for Fayetteville.

The forum was split between the candidates for alderman followed by the mayoral candidates. We’ve got a full video of the forum below courtesy of Fayetteville Public Utilities. You’ll also see a full list of the questions asked to both groups.

October 9th is the last day to register to vote in the upcoming election. Check out our Guide to the City Election for other key dates and information on the candidates.

Alderman Questions

  • What’s your vision for our community? Where do you see Fayetteville in the next 5, 10, and 15 years?
  • Do you think our main thoroughfare and downtown are healthy and successful? If not, what would you do to change that?
  • How do you plan to involve residents in the decision-making process in our town?
  • The city has heard complaints that some hiring decisions are made based on nepotism or political patronage. Do you believe this is true? And if you do, what would you do to change those hiring practices?
  • What do you see as Fayetteville’s greatest opportunity for economic growth over the next four years, and how would you capitalize on that?
  • When you look at our downtown, there’s a few things missing, such as public restrooms. What do you think our downtown square needs and how does that play into your vision for growth?
  • What is your position in regard to supporting the Fayetteville City School System, especially Fayetteville High School, and if elected, how would you support their continued growth?
  • Should the City of Fayetteville employ an individual dedicated to retail recruitment and/or development?
  • Do you support PILOT (Payment In Lieu Of Tax) agreements as an incentive that should be offered to industries considering coming to our city?
  • Do you believe Fayetteville’s recreation facilities, programs and staffing are adequate? If not, what changes would you like to see, and how might those changes be funded?
  • What plans do you have to make our city government more transparent and accountable?
  • What do you think the City does exceptionally well and what could it improve on?
  • If elected, what three steps would you take to put our city on a firmer financial footing?
  • How important should tourism be when it comes to where the city should invest its dollars?
  • Do you believe the City of Fayetteville adequately funds local nonprofits or are there areas where we need to do a better job?
  • With one industry recently closing and another closure expected, what is your plan for bringing bigger business to town? Any changes in industrial development?
  • There’s several older, run-down buildings in our city, such as the old hospital building. What would you like to see the city do to address these types of buildings?
  • Some would say that our children and youth in the city are in need of additional outreach community programs, what have you done in the past to address such needs?
  • Do you think sales taxes are appropriately shared by the city and county, and if not, what would you do to improve this situation?
  • Do you support the Fayetteville City School Board’s decision to add a high school? If yes, how will you continue to contribute to its success, and if not, please explain your reasoning.

Mayoral Questions

  • What is your position in regard to supporting the Fayetteville City School System, especially Fayetteville High School, and if elected, how would you support their continued growth?
  • What can and will you do to make life better for Fayetteville’s residents who live at or below the poverty level?
  • Fayetteville Public Utilities reported in a joint work session with city leaders last year that 12 miles of water line need to be replaced, with more than half of that due to fire flow issues. What can the city do, in conjunction with FPU, to improve infrastructure to address fire flow concerns?
  • How do you plan to address concerns if Daikin does, in fact, leave town next year?
  • What is your vision for expansion of Fayetteville City Parks and Recreation, and what ideas do you have to fund such a vision?
  • What plans do you have to make our city government more transparent and accountable?

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