Five Questions With City Council Candidate Roy McAfee
City Council candidates Matt Kelly, Kerry Devine, Paul Quinn and Roy McAfee answer Fredericksburg Patch's five questions
Question: If elected, would you support efforts to make changes to the scope and cost of the courthouse and even consider moving it further out of downtown and possibly near a city entranceway? Please be specific in your answers.
The bonds have been sold. The terms mandate use on courts and associated courts projects. You must secure and redevelop the hub of the wheel to be able to grow and sustain the spokes.
Question: What vision do you have for the Riverfront Park and how are you going to make that vision happen in your first tenure?
The project will be the result of much collaboration and community vision and not any one person's vision. My vision is of a City government that enables its' citizens.
Question: What do you think should happen with Oktoberfest and why?
Council has charged the City Manager with negotiating a solution. To undermine his position at this point would not be in the interest of the City.
Question: There is an abundance of retail and restaurant jobs in Fredericksburg, and not as many high-paying wage jobs. What specific plan do you have to get more high-paying jobs in Fredericksburg?
Developing a long range community vetted financial plan will be the specific driving force in job creation.
Question: Most people seem to support the Arts and Culture programs in the city. But what specifically do you want to do to help these programs perform better and to increase boost overall progress in the arts? Do you think you can help get a performing arts center for the city and how?
What I have done is helped to expand the opportunity for artist to have studios and galleries in the City. That has been a long standing basic issue that many of my friends have had to deal with for decades, now gone, by and large. I think any comprehensive financial plan will include growth in this area. I could imagine that would include advertising, coop programs and a good look at the financial realities and mechanisms of starting and maintaining a performing arts center.