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City of Winston-Salem Mayor

The governing body for the City of Winston-Salem is an eight-member City Council. Voters go to the polls every four years in November to elect the Mayor and Council. The Mayor is elected at large and council members are elected by citizens in each of the eight wards within the city.The City Council is responsible for adopting and providing for all ordinances, rules and regulations as necessary for the general welfare of the city. It approves the city budget and sets property taxes and user fees. The Council appoints the City Manager and City Attorney and approves appointments to City boards and commissions.

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    Allen Joines

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    Kris McCann

Biographical Information

Identify the most serious issue you see facing the community you will represent.

How will you address this issue once you are in office?"

What life or professional experience has prepared you for this position?

What local measures would you support to contain the spread of COVID-19 or any other major public health crisis?

The Winston-Salem Local Governance Study Commission recommended that the City Council be expanded from eight members to ten. Do you support this idea? Why or why not?

Age (optional) 72
Contact Phone (336) 727-2058
email address
Position/philosophy statement Proud of our accomplishments: creating jobs, reducing homelessness and poverty rates, & keeping taxes lowest of major NC cities. But we're not done.
Intergenerational poverty and gun violence related to it.
We created a free college program for high graduates who can't afford to but want to attend Forsyth Tech. We also created a paid internship program for 11th and 12th graders from disadvantaged families. We will initiate a comprehensive effort to get 80% of our third graders reading on grade level by 2030. We created the Pathways to Prosperity Plan and will implement it. We've continued the work of violent the Crime Task Force. We will implement a gun shot detection system increase the emphasis on gang reduction by emphasizing the free college and paid internship programs.
See statement aboveMasters Degree in Public Administration. Served as Deputy City Manager with City of W for 30 years. Been effective Mayor for 19 years Leadership role with numerous local organizations such as United Way, Arts Council,Piedmont Triad Airport Authority, Boy Scouts, Chamber of Commerce. Will utilize my skills in building collaborations to address the issues
I quickly issued a Stay at Home order and supported a city wide "Mask the City" program that distributed 390,000 masks. We did a number of public statements and PSA's encouraging citizens to wear masks. We've also encouraged social distancing and hand washing.
I am still considering this recommendation.
Age (optional) 60
Contact Phone (336) 682-3345
Position/philosophy statement If you always stand for what is right, you will never be wrong.
A transparent and responsive city council and government that listens and responds to the needs of our citizens. A government that will fully support law and order while restoring city services that have diminished over the years. I recognize there is an opportunity to address problems that have been ignored by our previous administration for the past 19 years. A promise to listen and treat all people with respect while promoting and restoring fairness and equality in our city. Insuring that our infrastructure is maintained while encouraging economic growth for all areas of our city. I pledge to stand for what is right while being transparent and honest with all citizens.
Through persistence and dedication- for these are core principles in which I strongly believe are the qualities and bedrock for strong leadership.
I have been involved in service for our community for over 42 years while engaging both city, county and state government entities throughout my life. Education has been a life long process which fosters and promotes an attitude for success. The true key to success is to never give up, remain vigilant and open minded to new processes and ideas.
Educating people in order to create an awareness of the the dangers that they may face while allowing our citizens the opportunity to respond in a responsible manner promoting free choice.
I believe this idea could potentially allow for better representation in our city. It will also allow for a multitude of different ideas to be presented in order to address the diverse problems that our city encounters.