The Political Deep Dive: Candidate-Palooza
This week we will speak to candidates across the country that are running for office in 2021. Who are they, what are they running for, and how you can help will be our focus this week. We will be going live at 7PM ET on Sunday. Please note the earlier time for this show.

Kernersville News Question #9

Once a week the KernersvilleNews are asking Candidates of Kernersville's local election a question to be featured in the KernersvilleNews paper.

This week's Question and Answer with John Stafford Stanley.

Q: What is your political philosophy and what is your opinion regarding local government’s role in the life of its citizens?

A: My political philosophy is rooted in the intentions of our founding fathers whose goals were to pursue a free nation that preserves our inalienable rights. The right to life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness. I believe in our Constitution, our Bill of Rights, and all of its intent made evident by the declaration of independence. I am a registered Libertarian as I believe Libertarianism aligns closest with our founding father’s intentions. I believe that local governments have the largest role within our country, Constitutionally they hold more power than our state or federal government since at this level true democracy and representation can be achieved. It is the goal of the State and Federal government to protect our liberties and rights from foreign and national threats. It is the goal of the local government to provide representation for citizens as a whole as long as it does not hinder a single individual’s rights.

John Stafford Stanley is looking for volunteers.

If you would like to help out and supply support please contact us today to learn more about volunteering with John Stafford Stanley.

Kernersville News Question #8

Once a week the KernersvilleNews are asking Candidates of Kernersville's local election a question to be featured in the KernersvilleNews paper.

This week's Question and Answer with John Stafford Stanley.

Q: Stormwater runoff remains a concern for residents. How can Town officials better address stormwater runoff issues, especially when private citizens’ properties are impacted?

A: Kernersville has a stormwater division operated by a professional and knowledgeable staff with several educational programs provided to help educate our citizens on stormwater. Kernersville is in a watershed since we are located at the highest point in Forsyth County, this is especially important as the town has a large impact on nearby rivers and bodies of water that can impact others around us. Our local government goals with stormwater are to work with our stormwater division, educate the public, and encourage the public's involvement to help provide and consider safe responsible actions against stormwater runoff. Where private citizens’ properties are concerned, we must make sure to not violate their property rights and we should continue to help educate them on proper solutions and practices. I believe by working closely with our stormwater division and the public that together we can champion solutions for new construction while addressing existing concerns.

John Stafford Stanley is looking for volunteers.

If you would like to help out and supply support please contact us today to learn more about volunteering with John Stafford Stanley.

Kernersville news questions #7

Once a week the KernersvilleNews are asking Candidates of Kernersville's local election a question to be featured in the KernersvilleNews paper.

This week's Question and Answer with John Stafford Stanley.

Q: Where do you stand on the use of taxpayer funds for public/private endeavors, like the YMCA community pool or more recently with the Visitors Center with Kӧrner’s Folly?

A: I stand in the potholes in our streets, I stand in the neighborhoods suffering from poverty and crime. I stand with the citizens and business owners who are overtaxed and underrepresented. It is a town’s goal to provide protection for citizens and to uphold their constitutional rights so that we may embrace a better quality of life. Kernersville has over 24,000 residents, over 11,000 households, and we are projected to have nearly 30,000 residents by 2025. It is impossible to represent them by the use of taxpayer funds for public/private endeavors. I don’t believe good ideas need to be forced through the levying of taxes. We can and must rely on our civic responsibilities to provide for our neighbors. Kernersville was founded on the basis of freedom and volunteerism and I believe sticking to these ideals will increase the quality of life for all our residents, not just a few individuals

John Stafford Stanley is looking for volunteers.

If you would like to help out and supply support please contact us today to learn more about volunteering with John Stafford Stanley.

Kernersville News Question #6

Once a week the KernersvilleNews are asking Candidates of Kernersville's local election a question to be featured in the KernersvilleNews paper.

This week's Question and Answer with John Stafford Stanley.

Q: Is there an issue you would like to see the Town address that you believe needs more attention?

A: Kernersville's the best town in my opinion and our residents prove this daily. We are small enough to know our neighbors, yet big enough to benefit from our resources. We all see some sort of issue within the town, it's natural. The majority of residents have some form of an issue they want to be addressed. The reality is, for various reasons, that many of our residents’ voices are not heard. Our past elections show that we have a range of only 500 - 2,000 voters even though we have around 25,000 residents. This means that less than 10% of our population gets their voice heard. As we grow I feel that we can not properly focus on issues that affect our town until we see more activity from residents. Kernersville’s main priority should be getting more residents involved and represented, I'm confident a few simple steps could accomplish this

John Stafford Stanley is looking for volunteers.

If you would like to help out and supply support please contact us today to learn more about volunteering with John Stafford Stanley.

Kernersville News Question 5

Once a week the KernersvilleNews are asking Candidates of Kernersville's local election a question to be featured in the KernersvilleNews paper.

This week's Question and Answer with John Stafford Stanley.

Q: What do you believe will be the biggest issue facing Kernersville over the next two years?

A: Kernersville time and time again has been presented with issues, and we have pulled together to overcome them. No matter what issues we may face in the next two years I am confident that our town and residents will be able to champion the situation. I set out and asked multiple residents this same question, “what issues do they think we will face.” The response from our residents comes back to one answer, non-organic growth. Growth is wonderful for our town but in many ways, we have forced the aspect of growth and this has caused issues. We are seeing property damage, high rates of drug use, and issues with our infrastructure. Forced growth does not help our residents, personnel, or our visitors. I believe we can accomplish more healthy, natural growth in our town that will provide our residents with better opportunities and a better quality of life.

John Stafford Stanley is looking for volunteers.

If you would like to help out and supply support please contact us today to learn more about volunteering with John Stafford Stanley.

Kernersville News Question 4

Once a week the KernersvilleNews are asking Candidates of Kernersville's local election a question to be featured in the KernersvilleNews paper.

This week's Question and Answer with John Stafford Stanley.

Q: Had you ever been involved with local town government or attended board meetings before deciding to run for elected office? How so or why not, and does it matter?

A: My determination to run coincided with the beginning of the pandemic, so I did not have the opportunity to attend a meeting in person during that time. I reviewed meetings online and have been able to attend in-person since reopening. I believe it's very important for willing members of our town to attend and be involved. One of my goals as an Alderman will be to involve as many voices as possible in our meetings. Growing up I was surrounded by many influential members of this town. I remember fondly sitting at Mrs. Winners having biscuits for breakfast listening to the stories and conversing with town leaders. As many locals know, this was the place to be early mornings if you were involved with the town. Even with our town's growth, I believe we can continue to inspire and encourage involvement just as we did when we were a small tight-knit community.

John Stafford Stanley is looking for volunteers.

If you would like to help out and supply support please contact us today to learn more about volunteering with John Stafford Stanley.

Kernersville News Question 3

Once a week the KernersvilleNews are asking Candidates of Kernersville's local election a question to be featured in the KernersvilleNews paper.

This week's Question and Answer with John Stafford Stanley.

Q: The Kernersville Police Department has been described as the pride of Kernersville by many. If you are elected, will you support the current level of funding and personnel the KPD receives at present or are you an advocate for changing future funding levels, personnel and/or organization of the department?

A: I believe a town's goals are to maintain a safe atmosphere while encouraging trust with residents, law enforcement, and visitors. My focus is not on the police department's funding levels but rather on the quality of life for our residents and all our personnel. We have some really great law enforcement personnel here in Kernersville. I plan on working closely with our police department, supporting them with their needs to serve our town while continuing to grow trust and our quality of life. I believe a strongly connected community will see fewer violent crimes and less destruction of property. Our municipality should be focused on strengthening our partnerships for a safer environment and maintaining our quality of life. I am confident I can help our town accomplish this.

John Stafford Stanley is looking for volunteers.

If you would like to help out and supply support please contact us today to learn more about volunteering with John Stafford Stanley.