Candidate: Michael Boose
District: At-Large Cumberland County Commissioner
Opponent: Juanita Gonzalez
What endorsements have you received for your current candidacy?
None at this time; final decisions will be made in the next several weeks.
If offered, would you accept contributions from political action committees affiliated with the real estate industry? (RPAC, Buildpac etc.)
Yes, in compliance with election laws.
What are you going to do for homeowners/property owners in Cumberland County if elected?
I am the only candidate that is homeowner, rental property owner, business property owner, and a small business owner. This background makes me uniquely aware of the impact that taxes, revaluations, building restrictions, zoning and re-zoning can have on a property owner. Consistent, fair, orderly growth is key to maintaining and increasing the value of property in Cumberland County. My review of the past several county budgets indicates that there is no pressing need for any property tax increase. I will “hold the line” on arbitrary tax increases. It is inherently woven in the fabric of the American dream that everybody wants to own their own home. The satisfaction of home ownership and control of that property produces pride of ownership, instills a drive to succeed and provide for family. Through home ownership and gainful employment our citizens put down roots in Cumberland County and reduce our transient population.
How will you reduce property crime in the county?
My experience has taught me that property crime is driven by three major factors; 1) Unemployment, 2) Lack of Education, 3) Substance abuse. We cannot sprinkle money at these issues and hope they improve. If people are not at work, not at school, and abusing alcohol/drugs, then they shall become criminals to provide for their basic needs, “wants” and their addictions. Fragmented, unfocused groups (Although initiated by great people with good intentions) will fail. Ownership and control issues between county, city, state, federal and military agencies must be overcome if any crime reduction is to be achieved. We need to be honest in our evaluation of the success of these programs. I will speak bluntly and clearly. I will identify successful and unsuccessful programs. I will promote the successful and eliminate the unsuccessful.
What are your thoughts on a new parks & rec bond referendum?
The public wants and deserves fair opportunity to express their choices. Honest, accurate cost and time tables are crucial. It is the tax payer’s money and their intentions for its use is paramount in deciding “quality of life” issues such as parks and recreation.
What new ideas/concepts can you bring to the office you are seeking?
My address and phone number will be published. If you contact me, I will respond. I intend to have “office hours” where I can be available to meet to discuss issues facing our county and citizens. I am the only “at large” candidate that is a lawyer. I will use my training and experience as an advocate and consensus-builder to improve the quality of life for all.