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Commission Candidate Bob Knight answers League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters of Orange, Durham, Chatham Counties, a nonpartisan political organization, developed a questionnaire for the Chatham County candidates for Commissioner in Districts 1 and 2. All candidates were notified of the questions and asked to respond for later publication by Chatham County Line. The questions were designed to educate the Chatham voters on the qualifications of the local candidates for the office and to receive their thoughts on the issues. Three candidates responded and the questions and their reply is as follows:

Thank you for the opportunity to respond to your questionaire. I believe that I can help solve some of the problems facing Chatham County and I look forward to that opportunity.

1) What skills, education or public service experience do you have to be considered for the position of Chatham County Commissioner for your district?
I'm a good listener, with the ability to cut through rhetoric and see solutions to problems and I'm willing to speak for those solutions and ready to face challenges confronting Chatham County. Education: High School Graduate (Class of 65") Business Administration at CCCC. Plus years of hands-on experience. A Vietnam War Veteran in United States Army with Honors given. I managed a1,000 acre farm in Guilford County, a furniture upholster for 25 years, with some of my work for Moses Malone. Negotiating medical and insurance programs on behalf of 200 people for the furniture company with success. Was a Entrepreneur (owner of K &C Tree & Stump Removal). A public service advocate for the handicapped, instrumental in getting handicap ramps installed for various Chatham businesses.

2) Currently there is a moratorium on residential development in Chatham County. How would additional growth in the County be handled when the moratorium expires? AND a) how would you ensure sufficient water and sewage facilities to accommodate the new growth? b) What new environmental and energy standards would you propose for new development both residential and commercial?
New growth should be paid for by developers and newcomers, not by placing more taxes on the people already here. No additional regulations are needed. The free market works, without excessive regulations. (a)water & sewage...Depending on nature and build on what we have.(b) New environmental and energy standards...Encourage workable solution to reach standards required.

3) For reasons including development, climate change, and agricultural run-off, our rivers such as the Rocky River and Haw are severely stressed. How would you address this problem if you were the commissioner?
Having lived on and abserved the Rocky River all my life. I believe the State is doing a good job regulating rivers.

4) What actions items would you consider proposing to the Board of Commissioners to make Chatham County the model County for the State?
Recruit businesses to provide jobs/tax base to relieve property owners, take care of the needs of the people before spending on wants. Have the people in the east and the west unite.

5) In light of the rising fuel costs for individuals who commute several miles each day, would you consider additional County parking lots for park and ride services to Chatham, Orange. Lee or Wake Counties where many citizens travel to work or utilize community based activities or services? What other services would you consider?
Recruit businesses to provide jobs/tax base to relieve property owners, take care of the needs of the people before spending on wants. Have the people in the east and the west unite.


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