by Dr. Terry Stoops
Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
I was voter 18 at the Fuquay-Varina High School polling place. I voted an hour after the polls opened.
Residents will elect a mayor and two members of the Fuquay-Varina Board of Commissioners (Massengill and Wunsch seats) today. Candidates spent much of their time addressing concerns about growth, traffic, land use, and economic development.
In related news, Wake County commissioners have agreed to purchase the former Crooked Creek Golf Course in Fuquay-Varina for nearly $4 million. Wake County Commissioner Jessica Holmes commented,
Our role as county commissioners is to assess the needs of the county as a whole, and at this moment, there are much more pressing priorities than committing between $15 (million) and $23 million for another park. It requires a certain level of privilege for an elected leader to put parks in the same category as basic human needs such as shelter, health care.
She is right. There are much more pressing priorities for the county. The county commissioners’ inability (or unwillingness) to prioritize genuine needs over “shiny objects” is disappointing but not surprising.