Long-time Cary resident, and previous Cary Town Council member, Ken George is running for Cary…
Wake County, and the Town of Cary, mean so much more to me than just a potential town council seat. I grew up and raised my children in this town. I witnessed myself learn, grow and evolve- just as the area did. And now, I want to continue my service to my beloved hometown.Â
I’ve watched Cary evolve from a one stoplight town to what it is today. Bearing witness to these changes reminds me just how important growth is in a community, while still prioritizing the preservation of Caryâ€™s history and charm.Â
I grew up here. I raised a family here. Now, my grandchildren attend the same schools I did many years ago. I bore witness to Caryâ€™s past, am living its present and am working towards a future that can provide a meaningful community for my wife and I, my children, my grandchildren and the generations to come.Ken George
Throughout my years here, I witnessed the installment of Caryâ€™s first greenway- and now our greenway system is second to none. Raising our children walking distance from Annie Jones Park, the site of this first greenway in Cary, has allowed my family to enjoy walking, biking, and Cary scenery for over 32 years. The basketball courts, tennis courts, and pool here bore witness to my childrenâ€™s summer adventures and gave them a safe place to grow and make memories. This â€œMayberryâ€ upbringing story is multiplied thousands of times over as residents continue to enjoy Caryâ€™s parks and greenways- from Jordan Lake to Jack Smith Park. As a part of the Cary Town Council, I worked to make the 200-acre parcel purchase in western Cary a reality, providing open space for generations to come.
This space will not be used to push development or squeeze in apartment buildings and shopping centers. The bond money for this land was earmarked for open space- ensuring that this space will continue serving as an outdoor reprieve for the Cary community. Of the remaining 15% of Caryâ€™s undeveloped land, 30% has been preserved for parks and open space.
Whether we recognize it now or not, the COVID-19 pandemic has shifted our needs and priorities within our communities. We realized the importance of designated green space, fought to keep local businesses open, and prioritized recreation in safe spaces.
As we emerge from COVID-19, itâ€™s important that we focus on our local economy and small businesses- some of which Iâ€™ve been going to since I was a kid. Iâ€™ve always had an appreciation for entrepreneurship, starting my first photography business while I was still attending Cary High. Now, I am a local business owner, focused in the tech industry- like many other Cary citizens. Before the pandemic, our local businesses were thriving and now they need our support to gain the vitality we had before March of 2019.Â
As a resident of an older part of Cary, Iâ€™ve seen firsthand what happens when we do not apply enough resources to our infrastructure. As mundane as it may be to some, our roads, sidewalks and public spaces are quite literally what keeps Cary moving. While serving on council, I discovered we only budget about 25-30% of the needed funds to keep the roads in tip-top shape.Â
As the newer areas of Cary age, and more roads and sidewalks need resurfacing, we will fall behind if we don’t make prioritize our communityâ€™s foundation- the infrastructure that keeps us all connected. I have a plan to engage the community to make a real difference in this area- but I need your help.
– Ken George