1. Candidates Full Name: Peter Pappas
2. Daytime Phone Number: 9102215789
3. E-Mail: [email protected]
4. Current Occupation Position: Broker/owner
5. Previously Elected/Appointed Position(s):
Commissioner – Fayetteville Cumberland human relations commission, current since late 2020
6. Community Involvement:
Job creation, helping small business with consulting and locating places for their business to thrive.
7. Community Endorsements: N/A
8. Do You Have an Active Campaign Account? Yes
9. Do You Accept PAC Checks? Yes
10. What’s your plan to address the need for workforce and affordable housing?
Advocate for government expansion of grants to purchase and redevelop many again multifamily blocks in the city. Make these places livable again, Grove view terrace was an shining example of commerce intersecting business, but the number of police calls post redevelopment is nearly nonexistent. We need more success stories like this in my district, thinking of the Aaran hills and Strickland Bridge corridor as two areas that are in need of assistance.
11. List three ideas that you would do if elected to attract high paying jobs and industries?
Activity, activity, activity. The talent for high paying jobs retires weekly from Fort Bragg. But if their families cannot be educated, they don’t have places to go with young children or programs for older children, they will seek to move away. Education is a key factor in community health and wealth-an engaged child and family will, by proxy, be less tolerant of crime, and in so doing, will demand safety-as they should.
12. What do you see as the biggest challenge in your district?
First and foremost, district 6 has been paying their share of taxes into the city of Fayetteville, yet they have not received a proportionate share of the spoils. Other districts get community centers, D6 got a splash pad? Advocating to return our tax dollars back to the area in the form of family centers, playgrounds, FAST transit expansion so people can get to jobs, speaking with the actual police and fire services on the ground and making sure they have what they need, when they need it.
13. Regarding tourism, what can be done to promote a vibrant city to outside guest and even within the community?
We have a gem of a downtown district, and the woodpecker’s stadium is a great start. Having the amenities is a great start, I support efforts for a performing arts center, yet, we seem to be in competition with other cities like Durham for the wrong metrics, namely leadership and public safety. All the shiny new things are of $0 value if the population is afraid to go out bc of a few miscreants.
14. How do you propose to improve communications between your office and the community of REALTORS® who are becoming more engaged on issues in your district?
I think as an entrepreneur of 24 years, a REALTOR® for about 20, and a CCIM for 10 or so years, I’m a natural at grabbing a cup of coffee with anyone and hearing concerns. I want to be approachable and open to ideas, I admittedly can be direct and candid, but I’ll get the job done. Just not the guy to put on speakerphone, I think reasonable folks will see I’m the person who can help the most, or at least connect you with who can.