Fayetteville District 4 City Council

DJ Haire is the holder of District 4. His challenger is Thomas C. Greene. Haire is the longest serving council member, having served 10 terms. He also served as acting mayor in 2012. He helped start several initiatives to improve the Murchison Road corridor near Fayetteville State University. He helped launch the “Hire Fayetteville First” program. Greene wants to reduce crime and improve the quality of life for Fayetteville residents, according to a video post and his comments on candidate forums. He is against mask mandates, abortions and the Democratic Party, according to his Facebook posts.

Here are their answers to a candidate questionnaire from The Fayetteville Observer. Some Voter’s Guide profiles were released ahead of the primary in May. They have been edited for style and grammar.

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Thomas Green

Age: 50

Close family: Sonya Green

Occupation: Independent bail keeper

Elective office exercised: None

How can the city cope with the rising number of murders? Do the police do everything they can, in your opinion?

Increase Police Presence, No More Narco-Economy Bans in Fayetteville

Can the City and County of Cumberland improve their relationship? What joint projects do you think would be useful to consider moving forward?

We could do many things. One thing would be a partnership to fight homelessness.

The downtown area has received a lot of attention in terms of economic development and new initiatives to encourage investment. What is your plan to encourage development and investment in the rest of the city?

Start with a local, county and state task force to disrupt human trafficking and drug trafficking in the city.

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DJ Haire, Fayetteville City Council District 4

DJ Haire

Age: 63

Close family: wife, Wendy; five daughters, four grandchildren

Occupation: Real estate, local business owner

Elective office exercised: District 4 City Council

How can the city cope with the rising number of murders? Do the police do everything they can, in your opinion?

We can always do better and improve within our police service. I like community policing. I really believe that if we can improve the relationship between the police and the community, it will go a long way. An example might be residents calling their area officers on their personal cell and letting them know about a high crime event that may be happening or may be in the planning stages. A resident brought this concept to our police department called a “violent crime reduction advocate”. I’m still learning about it, but it’s a concept to get into those parts of town with higher crime stats and do education programs. It’s about educating citizens and making them aware of how these higher crimes affect their environment and their neighborhoods, in all markets. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to improving crime. I am open to learning and watching new methods, technologies, concepts that other cities are trying and sharing with our police department and council.

Can the City and County of Cumberland improve their relationship? What joint projects do you think would be useful to consider moving forward?

Yes, it is always possible to improve relations with the county. Currently, the city and county are investigating the same new shooting and camera technology. I think it’s a great initiative for the two organizations to work together. It’s good for the municipalities and the citizens of Cumberland County as a whole. To accompany this new technological adventure, we can add working together on community policing. Both organizations working together build trust with our neighborhoods. With cities around the world looking for more workforce and retention, I think it would also be very helpful for us to work together on this issue.

The downtown area has received a lot of attention in terms of economic development and new initiatives to encourage investment. What is your plan to encourage development and investment in the rest of the city?

When you drive through our city, you can’t help but see the city investments throughout our city limits. They include new housing; more leisure; investments in our corridors; funding for small businesses and local businesses; affordable housing planning; large corporations and enterprises (Amazon and others); new fiber internet (MetroNet); and a new health and wellness center at Murchison Road and Filter Plant Drive. These are just a few things that have been piloted by the current city council. I will continue to support such initiatives. I am one of the people who led the effort towards more incentives for contractors and other investors to rebuild in our old neighborhoods. I always support and demand that our ordinances and policies be more business-friendly for our business community. I will continue to support open conversations with our public, military, county and other stakeholders. Developing our city further is a collaborative effort.

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