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Wake County Board of Commissioners District 7

Wake County is governed by a seven-member Board of Commissioners. The Board enacts policies such as establishment of the property tax rate, regulation of land use and zoning outside municipal jurisdictions, and adoption of the annual budget. Commissioners represent districts and are elected at the same time, at mid-term elections, to serve 4-year terms.

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    Vickie Adamson
    (Dem)

  • Faruk Okcetin
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

What is the most important issue the County Commission will have to address in the next term? (Allow a Youtube answer, or text, or both)

What is the most effective role the county commission can play in improving the local schools? What policies or funding will you suggest when elected?

What policies will you proposed to improve the economy of your county?

What policies would you propose to improve the quantity and quality of social services in your county?

Age (optional) 58
Contact Phone (919) 844-3450
Twitter @vickieforwake
Position/philosophy statement As a dedicated advocate and civic leader, I will keep Wake County a great place to live, work, learn and play. I believe children are our future and i
The COVID-19 Pandemic. There is nothing more important to me than the health and safety of Wake County Citizens. The Commission is in charge of Public Health for Wake County and I will do everything in my power to contain the spread of COVID-19 through expanded testing, contact tracing and robust public information. I will work to insure everyone has the resources to survive this pandemic, including housing, food and medical care.
The most important role I have in improving local schools is funding. Over the last year we have worked with the School Board to create a 5-year funding plan that will increase School Nurses, Social Workers, School Counselors, additional Technology, all Staff to a livable wage of $15per hour and additional cleaning of school buildings.

The most important factor in raising student achievement is a qualified teacher in each classroom with the support staff needed to provide students with everything they need to be successful. We offer teachers one of the largest salary supplements in the State of North Carolina.
We have record high unemployment in Wake County. In order for the economy to improve we have to get our citizens back to work. Most of our unemployed citizens work in the Tourism and Leisure Industry.

A lot of our unemployed citizens work in small businesses that are hanging on by a thread. Wake County previously enjoyed a $2 billion+ tourism industry which has driven the growth of our small businesses. Currently we have canceled over 200 large events since the first case of COVID-19 in March. For our small businesses to survive we have to rebuild our tourism by making visitors feel safe in Wake County.

I am the Wake County Commission liaison to the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau, we are using CARES Act funds to create media campaigns to support leisure and tourism travel. This is the best way to save our small businesses and get our citizens back to work.

As Vice-Chair of the Health and Human Services Committee I am working to decentralize our service model to fully utilize our Regional Centers. Services are most effective when you meet the person in need of assistance where they are not requiring them to come to us. We have a strong network of Regional Centers through Wake County other than the Cary area. We just purchased land to build a new Regional Center in Cary.

In Wake County a black baby is 2 times more likely to die in infancy than a white baby. This is completely unacceptable to me. Last year we created an Infant Mortality Task Force, one of the significant finding was on average black mothers do not receive prenatal care until the second trimester and white mothers receive prenatal care in the first trimester. We are diligently working to get all pregnant women prenatal care during the first trimester.
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