Jonesville candidates respond to questions


Yadkin elections to be held Tuesday

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JONESVILLE — Tuesday voters in the four municipalities in Yadkin County will visit their polling places to select who the decision makers will be for the next four years in their towns, this includes Jonesville.

Elkin will not hold municipal elections this year, instead opting to move its municipal elections to even year elections so that the town will not have to bear the cost of holding an election on its own. Even year elections are funded by the state and federal governments.

Jonesville has three commissioner seats which voeters will decide on Tuesday, with the poll at the Yadkin Valley Senior center, 121 Delos Martin Drive, open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Five candidates have put their name in the hat for the three seats — Tommy Casstevens, Danny Lewis, incumbent Wayne Moore, incumbent Tracy Wall and Judy Wolfe.

Four of the five candidates responded to a series of questions to better inform voters for their decision on Tuesday. Danny Lewis did not respond to the questions.

Tracy Wall

1. Name and Age: Tracy Wall, age 41

2. Education: Jonesville Elementary School, Starmount High School, and Appalachian State University.

3. Work experience (including current job): Operations Supervisor at Lowe’s

4. Family: Wife Heather Wall and daughter Mallory Wall

5. Other offices held/community service (please name organization/government role and how many years served):

Currently serving my 4th year as a Jonesville town commissioner. I was also an EMT and firefighter with the Jonesville Fire Dept for 22 years, and I am currently an EMT and firefighter with Arlington Fire and Rescue – 3rd year.

6. What should the town do to improve its economy and attract more businesses to Jonesville?

First of all, we should continue to make our town inviting to travelers, potential property owners, and potential business owners. This will attract more folks to this area, and it will help to retain our local property owners and businesses. We should continue focusing on code enforcement and beautifying our town and entries to the town. We should continue

working on and maintaining our Greenway as this will help to draw in people to our town.

Second, we should also take an active role in trying to recruit new businesses. If elected for another term, I would like to work with the town board and staff on looking into grants and other resources to assist in our efforts.

7. What should be done to increase the overall standard of living in Jonesville?

I believe in looking at making education programs available andmaking sure everyone has access to the resources they need.

8. How does the town get more public involvement, especially of the younger generations?

First of all, while Jonesville needs to maintain its small town charm, we need to make sure we are open to new technologies and new ideas. We need to look at ways to communicate to everyone. While we have a website, we need to draw attention to it, as well as look at social media as a way to communicate to our citizens. The town board has looked into the idea of a phone tree to keep residents informed on town happenings, and I would like to continue looking into this opportunity.

Second, we need to look at what other towns are doing, and how they get their citizens involved. By looking at and researching other towns, this will also help us to find ways to increase our overall standard of living.

Third, let’s partner with our surrounding neighbors on events and other opportunities.

9. Anything you would like to add about why you are running for office:

I have lived in Jonesville for at least 37 of my 41 years, and I have served the town in some form for almost 30 of those years. I have family and friends born and raised in this town and area, and I enjoy the folks in this town. I have a passion for not only keeping our small town charm, but also moving our town forward. I feel that my first 4 years on serving on this board has been more of learning how the town works and making sure our day to day challenges are being met. If elected for another 4 years, I would like to focus on how we can grow and take advantage of what this town can offer.

Tommy Casstevens

1. Name and Age: Tommy Casstevens

2. Education: 9th; Surry Community College

3. Work experience (including current job): Retired from United Plumbing in Mount Airy; Worked 14 years at Walmart

4. Family: Wife and one son

5. Other offices held/community service (please name organization/government role and how many years served): 14 years as town commissioner, from 1996-2010

6. What should the town do to improve its economy and attract more businesses to Jonesville?

Talk to more businesses and let them know we want to lower their taxes

7. What should be done to increase the overall standard of living in Jonesville?

Theaters, ball fields, walking tracks

8. How does the town get more public involvement, especially of the younger generations?

Help find them something to do.

9. Anything you would like to add about why you are running for office:

I won’t know until I get in as town commissioner.

Wayne Moore

1. Name and Age: Wayne V. Moore, 74

2. Education: West Wilkes High School, UNC, Chapel Hill School of Banking, LSU

3. Work Experience: Northwestern Bank, Jonesville; Yadkin Valley Bank; First Community Bank; Grassy Creek Winery

4. Family: Wife, Joyce Holman Moore; One Daughter, Two Sons, Two Granddaughters, One Stepdaughter, One Step Grandson

5. Other Offices Held/Community Service: Yadkin Valley Sewer Authority, Chairman; Yadkin Valley United Fund, Board of Directors; Yadkin Valley Wine Festival, Board of Directors; Piedmont Triad Regional Council, Executive Committee and Board of Directors; Yadkin County Economic Development Council, Board of Directors

6. What should the town do to improve its economy and attract more businesses to Jonesville?

A full time economic development position is not economically feasible for Jonesville at the present time but a part time person would be a positive step.

By providing the best possible services/infrastructure (water, sewer, police protection, parks, greenway) and running the town efficiently to keep taxes as low as possible.

Encourage all property owners (business and private) to make their property as attractive as possible.

Keep communication lines open with the Yadkin County Economic Development office and NC Department of Commerce to show that we want to attract new businesses.

7. What should be done to increase the overall standard of living in Jonesville?

Increase emphasis on code enforcement to help rid the town of nuisance and unsightly properties.

Keep our Beautification Committee active.

Continue work on our parks and greenway.

I believe that a clean, attractive and active community greatly increases the standard of living.

8. How does the town get more public involvement, especially of the younger generations?

Encourage citizens to speak up at the public comment period at all of the town meetings.

Let younger generations know that they can make a difference.

Make more use of social media. Younger people are moving away from older forms of communication.

Improve and add more sidewalks. I see lots of younger people walking for pleasure and to stores and to work.

9. Anything you would like to add about why you are running for office….

I want to find a new and better home for our library. I want to see sidewalks throughout the town and continued improvement to our parks and greenway. I want to see our greenway tie into the Elkin greenway and the Mountain to Sea Trail.

I count it such an honor to serve the citizens of Jonesville.

Judy Wolfe

1. Name and Age: Judith W. (Judy) Wolfe; 72 years old.

2. Education: Jonesville High School (Diploma); UNC-G (B.A. English); Clemson University (M. Ed. Counseling); Appalachian State University (Ed. S. Personnel); Va. Tech (Ed. D. Administration)

3. Work experience (including current job): NC Public Schools/Higher Education: teacher, administration & high school principal; Civilian Service, MACV, South Vietnam; public housing director; Internet Web site Design & Management; Retired.

4. Family: Immediate family resides in the Elkin-Jonesville area.

5. Other offices held/community service (please name organization/government role and how many years served): Member Jonesville Town Board, 4 years; Jonesville Historical Society, chair, 7 years. 2015 NC Historian of the Year; North Carolina Society of Historians, 5 years; Surry-Wilkes Overmountain Victory Trail Association, 1 year; Jonesville Recreation Committee, 5 years.

6. What should the town do to improve its economy and attract more businesses to Jonesville?

A. Develop and distribute marketing packets & relocation incentives to prospective businesses and through business/municipal associations;

B. Support an association for businesses (in-town and within the area to include motels, wineries and small businesses);

C. Host “after hours socials” and seminars to share ideas and gain input/ideas from local businesses;

D. Offer town facilities for use by local businesses at no charge;

E. Conduct job fairs in conjunction with area colleges, work force programs and staffing agencies;

F. Involve business leaders/citizens in basic fiscal planning.

7. What should be done to increase the overall standard of living in Jonesville?

A. Enforce existing ordinances for land use, housing and sanitation;

B. Involve residents, businesses and agencies in neighborhood beautification projects to improve “curb appeal;”

C. Extend adequate utility services (water and sewage) to all neighborhoods;

D. Provide adequate maintenance service and supervision in our parks and trails;

E. Conduct annual public needs/assessment reviews to collect citizen opinions for fiscal planning, budget preparation, program evaluation and grant applications.

8. How does the town get more public involvement, especially of the younger generations?

A. Distribute a town newsletter to residents via email, businesses and agencies to notify residents of a calendar of events and meetings;

B. Invite students to perform, be recognized and attend town meetings;

C. Establish a citizens’ committee for each town operation (budget, water, sanitation, beautification, streets, etc.);

D. Expand the Tourism Board to 12 members (including four local motel representatives) to utilize Jonesville business leaders in directing tourism growth in Jonesville.

E. Conduct bi-annual “town hearings” as a means for collecting public opinion, suggestions and goal assessments.

9. Anything you would like to add about why you are running for office:

A. I am running for the position of Town Commissioner because I feel I have the skills, vision and experiences to listen, communicate and lead our residents in helping Jonesville grow!

Wall
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Casstevens
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Moore
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Wolfe
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_Judy-Wolfe.jpgWolfe
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