Cary Candidates: In Their Own Words

Story and photo by Hal Goodtree.

Cary, NC – I just checked my calendar. It’s 2011. We no longer need newspapers to tell us how to vote. In that spirit, CaryCitizen will begin running a series that lets candidates tell their stories in their own words.

3 Questions for Candidates

Brevity is the soul of persuasion. We’ve asked candidates to tell us why they deserve our votes by answering just three questions:

  1. Why are you running?
  2. What are your top 3 priorities and how will you get it done?
  3. Give us a brief bio and tell us about your relevant experience.

We’ll also include a link from each candidate to more information.

Candidate Input

We devised the questionnaire with input from all the candidates running for municipal office in Cary. Thank you, candidates.

There is no length limit (except my advice to be concise). We will not edit the answers in any way.

By Contest

We’ll publish the stories in the weeks running up to the election on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 according to this schedule:

  • District B – week of September 12
  • District D – week of September 19
  • At-Large – week of September 26
  • Mayor – week of October 3

See the full list of Cary candidates. (Note: we will only be covering municipal candidates in this series, not the Wake County Board of Education contest. Sorry, we’re just a small paper.)

Friend 2011 Cary Votes

I heard somewhere that only about 10% of eligible voters turned out in the last municipal elections. In the last Cary Mayoral race (fall 2007), only about 17,200 people voted (out of a town population in excess of 125,000 at that time). That’s pitiful.

But political friends tell me that’s the norm for municipal elections. Since when does Cary measure itself by what other towns do?

CaryCitizen won’t tell you how to cast your vote, only that you should go out and do it.

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