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Apr 17, 2017 Comments Off on #NatforMayor2017 kennethjosef


What an honor I’ve had to serve as the Mayor of such a great and caring city. Fayetteville is truly one of greatest mid-sized cities in the southeast. Our residents and our diverse culture make Fayetteville like no other city in the United States. We really are a city of history, heroes, and a hometown feeling.

Your City Council has been working hard to move Fayetteville in the right direction. We have been moving Fayetteville forward by working together as a team and setting good policy. The efforts and the outcomes are indeed a reflection on how well the Council has worked together to represent ALL of Fayetteville’s residents.

Creating or managing policy in conjunction with our strategic goals is imperative to represent our residents and their expectations. Public Forums and Café Conversations ensure full transparency in communications between our taxpayers and your City Council.

I believe in leading through a committee process and have established several council committees for input and guidance to the council to better inform the group throughout the decision making process. The success of this type of leadership is evidenced by our outcomes. I believe that through simpler, more user-friendly policies, we can build the economy and improve the quality of life for all of our residents.

Since being sworn-in as Mayor in December 2013 as Fayetteville’s 35th Mayor, Fayetteville has become the envy of many southern cities. In less than three and a half years, our city has accomplished more than any other administration in recent history. The following are some of the highlights:

  • Reduced our property crime by 24%
  • Set the environment for the addition of thousands of jobs in and around Fayetteville
  • Recognized by the White House for eradicating veteran homelessness
  • Set the environment and removed hurdles for more private development
  • Built the first swimming pools in Fayetteville since 1948
  • Partnered with Fayetteville State University to establish a Farmers Market
  • Re-establishment of the Fayetteville-Cumberland Youth Council
  • Partnership with the county to establish the new Economic Development Corp.
  • Partnership with the Houston Astros to bring Minor League Baseball back to Fayetteville
  • Hired the first African-American as Fayetteville’s City Manager
  • Experienced the first unanimous vote in a decade that approved our annual budget
  • Co-chaired the Opioid Addiction Task Force with VA Director Goolsby
  • Partnered with Fort Bragg to host the annual All American Marathon
  • Expanded FAST bus routes and opened the new Multi-Modal Transit Center
  • Reestablished the City/County Liaison Committee with the County Commissioners
  • Opened a forensic laboratory with the county in a public/private partnership
  • Established with the Chamber the Mayor’s Small Business Award
  • Appointed the first African American female to the Public Works Commission
  • Changed the zoning along the Cape Fear River to protect our natural resources
  • Established a monthly meeting with the Fayetteville’s clergy to build community relations
  • Residents approved a 35 million dollar Parks Bond package for the first time ever
  • Approved a twenty-five million dollar expansion/improvement to our Airport

I have never forgotten I was elected as a public servant and more specifically to do a job. A job to improve our city and be proper stewards of the tax money we receive. Understanding this, my focus has been on policy and not programs. I pledged to you to do the right things, for the right reasons. Without exception, I feel that I have stood by that pledge, building relationships, but being more concerned with successful outcomes.

I want my administration to be remembered for improving our business culture, enhancing the quality of life for all of our residents and one that proactively addressed the hard issues without procrastination. I know the initiatives we have supported and the projects we have worked on will continue to improve our city and make Fayetteville more competitive. We will also be more attractive to outsiders who may want to invest in our community with jobs and businesses in the future.

With so many of these projects in the works, it is imperative that our mayor continues to share the same vision of building our economic base and jobs through policy, making our community safer and recognizing that Fayetteville is rebuilding its reputation for being competitive with other cities along the East Coast.

It is with great honor and humility that I again ask for your support to continue serving as Fayetteville’s Mayor. We as a community have come so far in three and a half years. I know the next two will be even greater. Thank you for the opportunity to serve the community Kim and I love so much! You have my commitment to continue on a path that will have a positive impact on our children and grandchildren for decades to come.


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