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Candidate Survey Results

The Arts and Culture Candidate Survey is an information-only survey designed to educate candidates and stakeholders through a respectful, nonpartisan dialogue about issues relating to arts and culture in our community. Candidates were invited to an information session on October 11, 2018, to learn more about arts and culture organizations, the services they provide to residents and the economic impact of the cultural arts industry in Fayetteville/Cumberland County.

Candidates were provided a link to the online survey and were given until October 25 to complete the survey. Survey questions and candidate responses are below.

 

The information on candidates' positions is provided as a service to voters. As a nonprofit 501(c)3, the Arts Council does not endorse any candidate and responses are strictly for voter information.

The following candidates completed the survey: Glenn B. Adams, John Czajkowski, Kirk deViere, Linda Devore, Albeiro (Al) Florez, Larry Lancater, Timothy Leever, Billy Richardson, John Szoka. To view their responses, click on the questions below.

The following candidates did not respond to the survey:  Ben Clark, Jeannette Council, Mark Crowe, Charles Evans, Elmer Floyd, Marvin Lucas, Wesley Meredith, Ralph Molina, Ron Ross, Ed Williams.
 

Glenn B. Adams, Candidate for County Commissioner District 1​. Airborne & Special Operations Museum, Artists in Schools, Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County, Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Cape Fear Regional Theatre, Community Concerts of Fayetteville, Concerts/plays at the Crown Complex, Cultural arts events at local universities/colleges, Dogwood Festival, Fascinate-U Children's Museum, Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex, The Ellington-White Contemporary Gallery, Umoja Festival, Poetry events, literary readings, Spoken Word.

John Czajkowski, Candidate for NC House District 43. Airborne & Special Operations Museum, Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Cape Fear Regional Theatre, Community Concerts of Fayetteville, Concerts/plays at the Crown Complex, Dogwood Festival, Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum, North Carolina Veterans Park, Umoja Festival.

Kirk deViere, Candidate for State Senate District 19. Airborne & Special Operations Museum, Artists in Schools, Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County, Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Cape Fear Regional Theatre, Cape Fear Studios, Community Concerts of Fayetteville, Concerts/plays at the Crown Complex, Cultural arts events at local universities/colleges, Dogwood Festival, Fascinate-U Children's Museum, Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum, Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, Gilbert Theater, Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex, North Carolina Veterans Park, The Ellington-White Contemporary Gallery, Umoja Festival, Poetry events, literary readings, Spoken Word,, African World Peace Festival, Fayetteville Latino Festival, Greek Festival, Gallery 208.

Linda Devore, Candidate for NC House 44. Airborne & Special Operations Museum, Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County, Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Cape Fear Regional Theatre, Community Concerts of Fayetteville, Concerts/plays at the Crown Complex, Cultural arts events at local universities/colleges, Dogwood Festival, Fascinate-U Children's Museum, Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum, Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex, North Carolina Veterans Park.

Albeiro (Al) Florez, Candidate for NC House of Representatives, District 45. Airborne & Special Operations Museum, Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County, Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Cape Fear Regional Theatre, Community Concerts of Fayetteville, Concerts/plays at the Crown Complex, Cultural arts events at local universities/colleges, Dogwood Festival, Fascinate-U Children's Museum, Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, Gilbert Theater, North Carolina Veterans Park, Umoja Festival.

Larry Lancaster, Candidate for Cumberland County Commissioner At -Large. Airborne & Special Operations Museum, Artists in Schools, Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County, Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Cape Fear Regional Theatre, Community Concerts of Fayetteville, Dogwood Festival, North Carolina Veterans Park, Umoja Festival.

Timothy Leever, Candidate for NC Senate 21. Airborne & Special Operations Museum, Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County, Concerts/plays at the Crown Complex, Cultural arts events at local universities/colleges, Dogwood Festival, Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum, Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex, North Carolina Veterans Park.

Billy Richardson, Candiate for N.C. House district 44. Airborne & Special Operations Museum, Artists in Schools, Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County, Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Cape Fear Regional Theatre, Community Concerts of Fayetteville, Concerts/plays at the Crown Complex, Dogwood Festival, Fascinate-U Children's Museum, Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, Gilbert Theater, Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex, North Carolina Veterans Park.

John Szoka, NC House of Representatives, District 45. Airborne & Special Operations Museum, Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County, Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Cape Fear Regional Theatre, Concerts/plays at the Crown Complex, Cultural arts events at local universities/colleges, Dogwood Festival, Fascinate-U Children's Museum, Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex, North Carolina Veterans Park.

Glenn B. Adams, Candidate for County Commissioner District 1. 10 or more times.

John Czajkowski, Candidate for NC House District 43. 3-10 times.

Kirk deViere, Candidate for State Senate District 19. 10 or more times.

Linda Devore, Candidate for NC House 44. 3-10 times.

Albeiro (Al) Florez, Candidate for NC House of Representatives, District 45. 3-10 times.

Larry Lancaster, Candidate for Cumberland County Commissioner At -Large. 3-10 times

Timothy Leever, Candidate for NC Senate 21. 3-10 times.

Billy Richardson, Candiate for N.C. House district 44. 10 or more times.

John Szoka, NC House of Representatives, District 45. 3-10 times.

Glenn B. Adams, Candidate for County Commissioner District 1. Level funding.

John Czajkowski, Candidate for NC House District 43. Increased funding.

Kirk deViere, Candidate for State Senate District 19. Increased funding.

Linda Devore, Candidate for NC House 44. Level funding.

Albeiro (Al) Florez, Candidate for NC House of Representatives, District 45. Level funding.

Larry Lancaster, Candidate for Cumberland County Commissioner At -Large. Level funding.

Timothy Leever, Candidate for NC Senate 21. Increased funding.

Billy Richardson, Candiate for N.C. House district 44. Increased funding.

John Szoka, NC House of Representatives, District 45. Increased funding.

John Czajkowski, Candidate for NC House District 43. I believe The Arts Council can contribute a vital role in “BRINGING WORK HOME” by presenting and explaining the quality of life available in Cumberland County to corporation executives looking to locate their companies to Cumberland County.

Kirk deViere, Candidate for State Senate District 19. I would support increased funding. It is a good investment as it produces an average $20 of private sector investment for every $1 of public dollars invested. Also, it assists the development of innovative education programs and provides citizens with abundant, high quality arts programming.

Linda Devore, Candidate for NC House 44. I do not know enough about the current funding levels to be able to suggest more.

Timothy Leever, Candidate for NC Senate 21. It is my observation that funding for the arts is being reduced in places such as our school system. We need to be increasing exposure to the arts of the next generation, not decreasing it. Again, this is just my observation, but I see this as becoming more critical as more and more of the younger generation is losing contact with the arts yet gaining in "blue screen" time.

Billy Richardson, Candiate for N.C. House district 44. A community is enriched and grows when it supports and embraces the arts.

John Szoka, NC House of Representatives, District 45. Arts and cultural programs are important to our community. As we've achieved fiscal stability in our budget in the last 8 years we now have the opportunity to increase funding in this area.

Numerous national studies show a strong connection between the presence of arts and culture organizations and thriving economic development. Do you support arts and culture organizations utilizing public-owned facilities for the purpose of public engagement and economic impact?

Glenn B. Adams, Candidate for County Commissioner District 1. Yes.

John Czajkowski, Candidate for NC House District 43. Yes.

Kirk deViere, Candidate for State Senate District 19. Yes.

Linda Devore, Candidate for NC House 44. Yes.

Albeiro (Al) Florez, Candidate for NC House of Representatives, District 45. Yes.

Larry Lancaster, Candidate for Cumberland County Commissioner At -Large. Yes.

Timothy Leever, Candidate for NC Senate 21. Yes.

Billy Richardson, Candiate for N.C. House district 44. Yes.

John Szoka, NC House of Representatives, District 45. Yes.

Glenn B. Adams, Candidate for County Commissioner District 1. Public Art, Revitalization, Economic Development using the arts and culture, Education, At-risk youth initiatives, Events.

John Czajkowski, Candidate for NC House District 43. Revitalization, Economic Development using the arts and culture, Education, At-risk youth initiatives. NC House District 43 lies entirely within the Fayetteville City limits and needs help with all programs the Arts Council so enthusiastically engages in. And when elected I look forward to working with the Arts Council in a team effort to bring economic development and betterment of quality of life for the good of all.

Kirk deViere, Candidate for State Senate District 19. Public Art, Revitalization, Economic Development using the arts and culture, Education, At-risk youth initiatives, Events. Cultural, artistic and entertainment experiences are a key component to cultivating a community. Music, visual arts, live theater, unique use of public spaces, restaurants and niche retail storefronts can provide a catalyst for our economic growth and create job opportunities. This combination increases tourism, inspires creative businesses and attracts and retains a talented workforce.

Linda Devore, Candidate for NC House 44. Economic Development using the arts and culture, Education, Events.

Albeiro (Al) Florez, Candidate for NC House of Representatives, District 45. Public Art, Revitalization, Economic Development using the arts and culture, Education, At-risk youth initiatives. District 45 is a very rural district that is growing into a very diverse area. We need to begin with our children in implement more arts and culture programs within our schools. These programs can and will help at-risk youth, especially by becoming more cultural adaptive to other cultures not usually reflected in the district. Finally, as the district grows, we need to think on ways to increase the economic development of it, what a better way to do it than using arts and culture.

Larry Lancaster, Candidate for Cumberland County Commissioner At -Large. Public Art, Revitalization, Economic Development using the arts and culture, Education, At-risk youth initiatives, Events.

Timothy Leever, Candidate for NC Senate 21. Economic Development using the arts and culture, Education, At-risk youth initiatives, Events. Economic development brings in more people, more of a tax base and people see a need to build, then use facilities Education: to the next generation as spelled out in a previous question. This includes at-risk youth. Events will bring in additional tax revenues to do the things we want to do. Events also promote a positive image for our area.

Billy Richardson, Candiate for N.C. House district 44. Education, At-risk youth initiatives.

John Szoka, NC House of Representatives, District 45. Education, Events. House District 45 encompasses all the County east of the Cape Fear River as well as Grays Creek, Beaver Dam and part of Hope Mills. All of the cultural and art activities are physically located in the City of Fayetteville. I'd like to see the Arts Council make greater efforts to support the smaller towns in the county. Maybe traveling art works instead of exhibits being solely downtown? Maybe traveling sculptures that can be displayed in the smaller towns? The arts is not just for folks who live in dense metropolitan areas, it for everyone. Reach to rural areas.

Research has shown that arts education positively affects achievement, discipline, attendance, and graduation rates. Business leaders have indicated that North Carolina’s economy needs a workforce that is not only educated but able to excel in 21st century skills, including innovation and creativity. Do you feel funding cultural education opportunities for all students in Cumberland County is important?

Glenn B. Adams, Candidate for County Commissioner District 1. Yes.

John Czajkowski, Candidate for NC House District 43. Yes.

Kirk deViere, Candidate for State Senate District 19. Yes. 

Linda Devore, Candidate for NC House 44. Yes. 

Albeiro (Al) Florez, Candidate for NC House of Representatives, District 45. Yes.

Larry Lancaster, Candidate for Cumberland County Commissioner At -Large. Yes.

Timothy Leever, Candidate for NC Senate 21. Yes.

Billy Richardson, Candiate for N.C. House district 44. Yes.

John Szoka, NC House of Representatives, District 45. Yes.