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Candidate Survey Results

The Arts and Culture Candidate Survey is an information-only survey designed to educate candidates and stakeholdersthrough a respectful, nonpartisan dialogue about issues relating to arts and culture in our community. Candidates were invited to an information session on September 26, 2017, 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 1 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: Curtis L Brown, Sr., Len Brown, Johnny Dawkins, Kirk deViere, Larry G Dobbins, Hanah Ehrenreich, Quancidine Gribble,  D. J. Haire,  Kathy Keefe Jensen, Chalmers "Chet" McDougald, Charles G. McLaurin, Linda L. Miller, Ted Mohn,  Nat Robertson, Tawanda Robinson,  Calvin B. Rome, Toni Stewart, Henry Tyson, Jackie Warner, Tyrone Williams,  Larry Wright, Terra Ann Wright. To view their responses, click on the questions below.

The following candidates did not respond to the survey:  Melissa D. Allen, Jim Arp, Gary Blackwell, Keith Bowen, Jason Brady, Willie Burnette, Marie Butler, George  Butterfly, Mitch Colvin, Bill Crisp, Dan Culliton, Cathy Dickens, Joseph (Joe) Dixon, Mike Dobs, Ted Donovan, Kia Henry, Martin Jones, Tommy Macon, Trevone McNeill, John Miner, Chas L. Sampson, Paul Taylor, Clifton L.  Turpin, Jr., Ralph Vogt, Tisha S. Waddell, Paul A. Williams, Jeremy D. Wright.
 

Curtis L Brown Sr., Candidate, City Council District 1. Airborne & Special Operations Museum, Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Community Concerts of Fayetteville, Concerts/plays at the Crown Complex, Cultural arts events at local universities/colleges, Dogwood Festival, Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum, North Carolina Veterans Park

Len Brown, Candidate, City Council District 2. Airborne & Special Operations Museum, Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Dogwood Festival

Johnny Dawkins, Candidate, City Council District 5. 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

Kirk deViere, Candidate, Mayor of Fayetteville. Airborne & Special Operations Museum, 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 Festiva, 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, Umoja Festival, African World Peace Festival, Greek Festival, Gallary 208, Latino Community Connections

Larry G. Dobbins, Candidate, Mayor of Spring Lake. Airborne & Special Operations Museum, Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Cape Fear Regional Theatre, Dogwood Festival, Fascinate-U Children's Museum, Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex, Umoja Festival

Hanah Ehrenreich, Candidate, City Council District 5. Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County, Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Cape Fear Regional Theatre, Cape Fear Studios, Cultural arts events at local universities/colleges, Dogwood Festival, Fascinate-U Children's Museum, Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum, Gilbert Theater, North Carolina Veterans Park, The Ellington-White Contemporary Gallery, Fourth Friday, Small Plate Crawl/ChowDown

Quancidine Gribble, Candidate, Mayor of Fayetteville. Airborne & Special Operations Museum, Umoja Festival

D. J. Haire, Candidate, City Council District 5. 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 Area Transportation and Local History Museum, Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, Gilbert Theater, Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex, North Carolina Veterans Park, Poetry events, literary readings, Spoken Word, Umoja Festival

Kathy Keefe Jensen, Incumbent, City Council District 1. 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 ComplexCultural 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

Chalmers "Chet" McDougald, Incumbent, City Council District 4. Airborne & Special Operations Museum, Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County, Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Cultural arts events at local universities/colleges, Dogwood Festival, Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum, North Carolina Veterans Park, Umoja Festival

Charles G. McLaurin, Incumbent, Mayor of Eastover. Airborne & Special Operations Museum, Artists in Schools, Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County, Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Cape Fear Regional Theatre.

Linda L. Miller, Candidate, City Council District 2. Airborne & Special Operations Museum, Artists in Schools, 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, Fascinate-U Children's Museum, Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum, Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex, North Carolina Veterans Park, The Ellington-White Contemporary Gallery, Umoja Festival.

Ted Mohn, Incumbent, City Council District 8. Airborne & Special Operations Museum, Artists in Schools, Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Cape Fear Regional Theatre, Community Concerts of Fayetteville, Dogwood Festival, Fascinate-U Children's Museum, Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum, Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, North Carolina Veterans Park, Umoja Festival

Nat Robertson, Incumbent, Mayor of Fayetteville. 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, 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, The Ellington-White Contemporary Gallery, Umoja Festival

Tawanda Robinson, Candidate, City Council District 7. Airborne & Special Operations Museum, Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County, Cape Fear Regional Theatre, Cultural arts events at local universities/colleges, Dogwood Festival, Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, Poetry events, literary readings, Spoken Word, Umoja Festival

Calvin B. Rome, Candidate, City Council District 7. Airborne & Special Operations Museum, Concerts/plays at the Crown Complex, Dogwood Festival

Toni Stewart, Candidate, City Council District 6. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Community Concerts of Fayetteville, Dogwood Festival, Fascinate-U Children's Museum, Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum

Henry Tyson, Candidate, City Council District 5. 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, Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum, Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, Gilbert Theater, Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex, North Carolina Veterans Park, Poetry events, literary readings, Spoken Word, International Folk Festival

Jackie Warner, Incumbent, Mayor of Hope Mills. 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 Area Transportation and Local History Museum, Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex, North Carolina Veterans Park, Poetry events, literary readings, Spoken Word

Tyrone Williams, Candidate, City Council District 2. 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, North Carolina Veterans Park, Poetry events, literary readings, Spoken Word, Umoja Festival

Larry Wright, Incumbent, City Council District 7. 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, Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum, Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, North Carolina Veterans Park, Poetry events, literary readings, Spoken Word, Umoja Festival

Terra Ann Wright, Candidate, Mayor of Spring Lake. Artists in Schools, Dogwood Festival

Curtis L Brown Sr., Candidate, City Council District 1. 3-10 times

Len Brown, Candidate, City Council District 2. 0-3 times

Johnny Dawkins, Candidate, City Council District 5. 3-10 times

Kirk deViere, Candidate, Mayor of Fayetteville. 10 or more times

Larry G. Dobbins, Candidate, Mayor of Spring Lake. 3-10 times

Hanah Ehrenreich, Candidate, City Council District 5. 3-10 times

Quancidine Gribble, Candidate, Mayor of Fayetteville. 0-3 times

D. J. Haire, Candidate, City Council District 5. 3-10 times

Kathy Keefe Jensen, Incumbent, City Council District 1. 10 or more times

Chalmers "Chet" McDougald, Incumbent, City Council District 4. 3-10 times

Charles G. McLaurin, Incumbent, Mayor of Eastover. 3-10 times

Linda L. Miller, Candidate, City Council District 2. 3-10 times

Ted Mohn, Incumbent, City Council District 8. 3-10 times

Nat Robertson, Incumbent, Mayor of Fayetteville. 10 or more times

Tawanda Robinson, Candidate, City Council District 7. 0-3 times

Calvin B. Rome, Candidate, City Council District 7. 0-3 times

Toni Stewart, Candidate, City Council District 6.  0-3 times

Henry Tyson, Candidate,  City Council District 5. 10 or more times

Jackie Warner, Incumbent, Mayor of Hope Mills. 10 or more times

Tyrone Williams, Candidate, City Council District 2. 3-10 times

Larry Wright, Incumbent, City Council District 7. 3-10 times

Terra Ann Wright, Candidate, Mayor of Spring Lake. 3-10 times

Curtis L Brown Sr., Candidate, City Council District 1. Increased funding

Len Brown, Candidate, City Council District 2. Level funding

Johnny Dawkins, Candidate, City Council District 5. Increased funding

Kirk deViere, Candidate, Mayor of Fayetteville. Level funding

Hanah Ehrenreich, Candidate, City Council District 5. Increased funding

Quancidine Gribble, Candidate, Mayor of Fayetteville. Increased funding

D. J. Haire, Candidate, City Council District 5. Increased funding

Kathy Keefe Jensen, Incumbent, City Council District 1. Level funding

Chalmers "Chet" McDougald, Incumbent, City Council District 4. Increased funding

Linda L. Miller, Candidate, City Council District 2. Increased funding

Ted Mohn, Incumbent, City Council District 8. Level funding

Nat Robertson, Incumbent, Mayor of Fayetteville. Level funding

Tawanda Robinson, Candidate, City Council District 7. Increased funding

Calvin B. Rome, Candidate, City Council District 7. Reduced funding

Toni Stewart, Candidate, City Council District 6.  Level funding

Henry Tyson, Candidate,  City Council District 5. Level funding

Tyrone Williams, Candidate, City Council District 2. Increased funding

Larry Wright, Incumbent, City Council District 7. Increased funding

Terra Ann Wright, Candidate, Mayor of Spring Lake. Increased funding

Curtis L Brown Sr., Candidate, City Council District 1. I selected “increased funding” because I know the positive impact the arts and culture programs have on job creation, economic growth and quality of life for all the citizens of Fayetteville and the surrounding areas. My vision for District 1 and Fayetteville is a growing and vibrant world-class District/City--proud of its diversity and full of life with amenities and activities. I envision a community of cooperative inclusion (all people), a community that is flourishing economically with a pristine environment, where all people are safe, healthy and have equitable opportunities for success and happiness. Our arts and culture programs play a major role in the city of Fayetteville achieving this overall vision. I am and will continue to be an advocate for the Arts and culture programs.

Johnny Dawkins, Candidate, City Council District 5. I support the Arts in our community, and I plan to advocate for additional dollars in the City budget, if I am elected to represent Council District 5.  JLD

Hanah Ehrenreich, Candidate,  City Council District 5. Arts and Culture are economic development and should be funded as such.

Quancidine Gribble, Candidate, Mayor of Fayetteville. I believe the arts are important in supporting a creative balance in our community. I support increased funding for the arts.

D. J. Haire, Candidate, City Council District 5. No response.

Chalmers "Chet" McDougald, Incumbent, City Council District 4. The Arts and culture are important to growing a city and it's economic base. They add to the cultural enrichment of the city.

Linda L. Miller, Candidate, City Council District 2. As Fayetteville grows it is important to provide the cultural events that would encourage our communities to stay in Fayetteville and enjoy. We must expose our residents to all the finer things of life regardless of income.

Tawanda Robinson, Candidate, City Council District 7. I believe that as we move forward we will have more citizens getting involved in the arts which will generate more funds.

Calvin B. Rome, Candidate, City Council District 7. Funding should come from civic and business organizations or individuals, not from tax payers.

Jackie Warner, Incumbent, Mayor of Hope Mills. I would encourage the city to increase funding for the Arts!

Tyrone Williams, Candidate, City Council District 2. Believe in the arts!

Larry Wright, Incumbent, City Council District 7. The arts council is a very valuable asset to our community. If elected for a third term I will support the arts council 100% I can't say enough about how much the arts give back to our community. Investing in the Arts Council is a direct investment in the future of Fayetteville and Cumberland county.

Terra Ann Wright, Candidate, Mayor of Spring Lake. The arts are a way for people to express themselves in varies ways.

The City of Fayetteville provides in-kind support and services for large community festivals (i.e., the Dogwood Festival and International Folk Festival). Do you support this type of continued assistance that enables these festivals to remain free and open to the public?

Curtis L Brown Sr., Candidate, City Council District 1. Yes

Len Brown, Candidate, City Council District 2. Yes

​Johnny Dawkins, Candidate, City Council District 5. Yes

Kirk deViere, Candidate, Mayor of Fayetteville. Yes

Larry G. Dobbins, Candidate, Mayor of Spring Lake. Yes

Hanah Ehrenreich, Candidate,  City Council District 5. Yes

Quancidine Gribble, Candidate, Mayor of Fayetteville. Yes

D. J. Haire, Candidate, City Council District 5. Yes

Kathy Keefe Jensen, Incumbent, City Council District 1. Yes

Chalmers "Chet" McDougald, Incumbent, City Council District 4. Yes

Charles G. McLaurin, Incumbent, Mayor of Eastover. Yes

Linda L. Miller, Candidate, City Council District 2. Yes

Ted Mohn, Incumbent, City Council District 8. Yes

Nat Robertson, Incumbent, Mayor of Fayetteville. Yes

Tawanda Robinson, Candidate, City Council District 7. Yes

Calvin B. Rome, Candidate, City Council District 7. Yes

Toni Stewart, Candidate, City Council District 6. Yes

Henry Tyson, Candidate, City Council District 5. Yes

Jackie Warner, Incumbent, Mayor of Hope Mills. Yes

Tyrone Williams, Candidate, City Council District 2. Yes

Larry Wright, Incumbent,  City Council District 7. Yes

Terra Ann Wright, Candidate, Mayor of Spring Lake. Yes

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?

Curtis L Brown Sr., Candidate, City Council District 1. Yes

Len Brown, Candidate, City Council District 2. Yes

Johnny Dawkins, Candidate, City Council District 5. Yes

Kirk deViere, Candidate, Mayor of Fayetteville.  Yes

Larry G. Dobbins, Candidate, Mayor of Spring Lake. Yes

Hanah Ehrenreich, Candidate, City Council District 5. Yes

Quancidine Gribble, Candidate, Mayor of Fayetteville. Yes

D. J. Haire, Candidate, City Council District 5. Yes

Kathy Keefe Jensen, Incumbent, City Council District 1. Yes

Chalmers "Chet" McDougald, Incumbent, City Council District 4. Yes

Charles G. McLaurin, Incumbent, Mayor of Eastover. Yes

Linda L. Miller, Candidate, City Council District 2. Yes

Ted Mohn, Incumbent, City Council District 8. Yes

Nat Robertson, Incumbent, Mayor of Fayetteville. Yes

Tawanda Robinson, Candidate, City Council District 7. Yes

Calvin B. Rome, Candidate, City Council District 7. Yes

Toni Stewart, Candidate, City Council District 6. Yes

Henry Tyson, Candidate, City Council District 5. Yes

Jackie Warner, Incumbent, Mayor of Hope Mills. Yes

Tyrone Williams, Candidate, City Council District 2. Yes

Larry Wright, Incumbent, City Council District 7. Yes

Terra Ann Wright, Candidate, Mayor of Spring Lake. Yes

Curtis L Brown Sr., Candidate, City Council District 1. Revitalization, Economic Development using the arts and culture, Events. Fayetteville’s poverty rate being among the worst in America. I believe that the arts and culture community can play a major role in helping us decrease homeless and poverty. Together we can achieve this by sponsoring an annual Jazz Festival event with all proceeds going directly to our Pathway for prosperity initiative supporting homeless and poverty. A great model for this can be found at website: http://closingthegapinhealthcare.org/ .This program was created by Dr. Thaddeus J. Bell of Charleston SC. He saw a need to raise funds in support of an issue he identified in the SC medical profession. I would love to see our city leadership, county leadership and the Arts community unite to combat homeless and poverty by way of an annual Jazz festival fundraiser. I strongly believe the arts and culture community can play a virtual role in fighting poverty in our city. Just imagine with me “Fayetteville Jazzing with a purpose”. 

Len Brown, Candidate, City Council District 2. Economic Development using the arts and culture, Education.

​Johnny Dawkins, Candidate, City Council District 5. Economic Development using the arts and culture, Education, At-risk youth initiatives, Events. Besides our existing funding, and the focus to advocate for more funding, we must expand our grant applications to state and federal agencies, and foundations, to invest more dollars in schools, events, and in organizations who work with At-risk youth to expose art and culture to all who can benefit, both now and in the future.  JLD

Kirk deViere, Candidate, Mayor of Fayetteville. Public Art, Revitalization, Economic Development using the arts and culture, Education, At-risk youth initiatives. Cultural, artistic and entertainment experiences are a key component to transforming a city. 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. Arts in education is critical for our youth development.  Studies have shown that children living at or below the poverty level that have access to arts education have a higher success rate of changing their future economic outcome. 

Larry G. Dobbins, Candidate, Mayor of Spring Lake. Revitalization, Economic Development using the arts and culture.

Hanah Ehrenreich, Candidate, City Council District 5. Public Art, Economic Development using the arts and culture, Events. District 5 is an underutilized connective corridor to downtown arts and entertainment, and with greater walkability and bike/recreation infrastructure, a stronger connection between arts events and neighborhoods could be created. 

Quancidine Gribble, Candidate, Mayor of Fayetteville. Public Art, Revitalization, Economic Development using the arts and culture, Education, At-risk youth initiatives, Events. I believe all of these initiatives are important. The arts are another facet of education in motion. If we are going to be a city of progress than we need to support the arts on all levels. 

D. J. Haire, Candidate, City Council District 5. Public Art, Revitalization, Economic Development using the arts and culture, Education, At-risk youth initiatives.

Kathy Keefe Jensen, Incumbent, City Council District 1. Public Art, Revitalization, Economic Development using the arts and culture, Education, At-risk youth initiatives, Events

Chalmers "Chet" McDougald, Incumbent, City Council District 4. Public Art, Revitalization, Economic Development using the arts and culture, Education, At-risk youth initiatives, Events. The Arts and culture will serve to improve livability in the communities I serve and the city as a whole. 

Charles G. McLaurin, Incumbent, Mayor of Eastover. Education

Linda L. Miller, Candidate, City Council District 2. Revitalization. Using art work to beautify a community is very appropriate. It gives people a special  appreciation of their environment.

Ted Mohn, Incumbent, City Council District 8. This is a difficult question because our Arts Council is already addressing each of these areas with their limited funding sources.  I truly like our Arts Council's vetting process to ensure monies allocated to the various recipients are legitimate organizations.

Nat Robertson, Incumbent, Mayor of Fayetteville. Public Art, Revitalization, Economic Development using the arts and culture, Education, At-risk youth initiatives, Events. For Fayetteville to continue to set ourselves apart and become more competitive with other cities, we must continue to capitalize on the Arts and share more of the multifaceted Arts Community with our residents and guests...  

Tawanda Robinson, Candidate, City Council District 7. Public Art, Revitalization, Economic Development using the arts and culture, Education, At-risk youth initiatives, Events. All of the items listed above plays into our everyday routines. Being educated on the Arts, Having visual art to look at while walking, providing art activities for the youth to express themselves, and I believe that starting some revitalization projects could be therapeutic resource.

Calvin B. Rome, Candidate, City Council District 7. No Response.

Toni Stewart, Candidate, City Council District 6. Revitalization, Economic Development using the arts and culture, At-risk youth initiatives.

Henry Tyson, Candidate, City Council District 5. Economic Development using the arts and culture, Events

Jackie Warner, Incumbent, Mayor of Hope Mills. Revitalization, Economic Development using the arts and culture, Education, Events. Our community needs the Arts because we have to go else where to participate. It would be great to offer more in Hope Mills!

Tyrone Williams, Candidate, City Council District 2. Public Art, Revitalization, Economic Development using the arts and culture, Education, At-risk youth initiatives, Events. All are very important way to support the community!

Larry Wright, Incumbent, City Council District 7. Public Art, Revitalization, Economic Development using the arts and culture, Education, At-risk youth initiatives, Events. All of these areas are needed in District 7 in west Fayetteville. This is the fastest growing area in Fayettrville. I would like to see the Arts council be a viable part of that growth, especially in the area of youth involvement and family oriented activities.

Terra Ann Wright, Candidate, Mayor of Spring Lake. Public Art, Revitalization, Economic Development using the arts and cultureEducation, At-risk youth initiatives.