Jack Smith's Campaign Platform

People have described my common sense approach to serving as "neighborhood-friendly." I like to agree. I've represented District C for six terms, making me the Council's senior member. I see this experience as a big plus.


JACK'S RECORD - Over 30 neighborhoods have asked for Jack's help on serious issues impacting their property values and Jack has worked to address and satisfactorily resolve their concerns. Through good planning and common sense zoning Cary citizen's home values far exceed any other municipality in the County and resale values remain exceptional even in these difficult economic times.


JACK'S RECORD - Through Jack's diligent stewardship Cary has achieved the very best Fire, Police & Parks/Recreation Personnel. All are nationally accredited and have been recognized as 'best of the best' - no other municipality in the State has achieved this recognition. Cary continually is nationally recognized as one of the most livable and safest cities in the U.S.


JACK'S RECORD - In 2000 Jack successfully led efforts to lower Cary taxes which are now lower than they were 15 years ago. This year's tax rate once again remains the lowest in Wake County. In 2003 voted against entire budget in protest of increase in debt balance. On five occasions, Jack has successfully presented to the bond rating agencies on Cary's financial health. After each presentation, Cary's rating improved and now stands at AAA. Cary has been nationally recognized for its 'fiscal health' - and is in the top 2% - of all cities in the US. Our cash reserves exceed Charlotte's and far exceed the minimum required by the State. 


JACK'S RECORD - Jack led efforts to create an Economic Development Commission, including a strategy to have a dedicated professional focus entirely on bringing businesses to Cary. Our current unemployment rate is 5.1% well below the State and National average. We've experience 36% job growth over the past 10 years. Our economic development approach continues to attract domestic and international companies resulting in over 1200 high paying jobs this year alone. In addition local companies that built and expanded during the recession include: ABB, Lord Corp., Deutsche Bank, John Deere, Kellogg, Siemens and SAS.