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