Name as it appears on the ballot: Tony Gurley
Full legal name, if different:
Date of birth: April 3, 1956
Home address: 10037 Sycamore Rd., Raleigh, NC 27613
Campaign website: www.electtonygurley.com
Occupation & employer: Pharmacist / self employed
Spouse's name: Robin Gurley
Spouse's occupation & employer: Pharmacist / Walgreen's
Years lived in Wake County: 29 years
Home phone: 919-846-6274
Work phone: 919-215-0240
1. What are the three most important issues facing Wake County? If elected, what are your top three priorities in addressing those issues?
Human Services: I strongly supported the opening of Wake County's Mental health crisis hospital (WakeBrook) and the addition of 44 new beds for Wake County Psychiatric patients at Holly Hill Hospital.
Public Safety: I worked to implement the deployment of 17 specially trained paramedics to help treat the most acute patients and prevent emergencies in high-risk patients such as the elderly. The Advanced Practice Paramedics (APP) is the first of its kind in the United States.
Education: I have worked with current and former Wake County school board members to ensure that our students have facilities that are safe and provide an environment conducive to learning. My role as County Commissioner is to ensure that our students have adequate facilities and that are Wake County taxpayers' dollars are spent wisely.
2. What in your record as a public official or other experience demonstrates your ability to be effective on the Wake County Board of Commissioners? This might include career or community service; be specific about its relevance to this office.
I have served three terms as Chairman of the Wake County Board of Commissioners. This position of leadership is a reflection on my effectiveness as a Commissioner.
3. How do you define yourself politically and how does your political philosophy show itself in your past achievements and present campaign platform?
I am a conservative Republican.
4. The Commissioners board is often termed the school board's banker, and the school board's performance is the biggest issue in Wake County by far. What's your take on the new Wake school board majority's direction, including its opposition to using diversity as a factor in school assignments? If elected, what steps will you take, if any, to support or oppose the new majority?
I have worked with current and former Wake County school board members to ensure that our students have facilities that are safe and provide an environment conducive to learning. My role as County Commissioner is to ensure that our students have adequate facilities and that are Wake County taxpayers' dollars are spent wisely.
5. If elected, will you vote to put the 1/2-cent sales tax for transit on the ballot in 2011?
I will vote to put the 1/2 cent sales tax on the ballot for a referendum when and if we are presented with a viable, feasible and sustainable plan including all transit options.
6. The closing of Dorothea Dix Hospital is making a bad situation worse for mental health patients in Wake County. The commissioners have taken some steps to address the problems? Are they enough? If not, what else is needed?
The WakeBrook Campus, which will be dedicated on November 1, 2010, is an important step in meeting the needs of Wake County residents. I will continue to support additional measures that needed to help mental health patients and their families in Wake County.
7. A woman's right to choose whether to terminate a pregnancy is once again a major issue in politics at every level. Please state your position on the question of abortion, choice and women's rights.
County governments in North Carolina are not allowed to use tax receipts to pay for optional abortion procedures. I support the Obama Federal Government position that tax money should only be used to pay for abortions in the event of a health risk for the mother, rape, or incest.
8. Do you support equal rights for gay and straight citizens, including equal protection from workplace discrimination and equal marriage rights?
Government at any level must not discriminate against an individual on the basis of sexual orientation. Additionally, the workplace should also be free of discrimination. Churches should be free to worship as a congregation without Government interference.
9. The Independent's mission is to help build a just community in the Triangle. How would your election to office help further that goal?
My election will help provide good government for the Citizens of Wake County. My efforts to improve education, provide for public safety, and encourage economic growth will help all citizens.
10. Identify a principled stand you would be willing to take if elected, even if it cost you popularity points with voters.
All of my "stands" are based on my beliefs and principles. I am well aware that not everyone shares my position, but I am always willing to discuss the merits of competing sides.