2019 Candidate Questionnaire – COMMISSIONER, TOWN OF SILER CITY

Michael F. Constantino

Posted 10/4/19

Michael F. Constantino

Date/place of birth: June 21,1941

Current occupation: Retired from working for the Department of Commerce as a trial assistant resolving workers’ compensation …

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2019 Candidate Questionnaire – COMMISSIONER, TOWN OF SILER CITY

Michael F. Constantino

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Michael F. Constantino

Date/place of birth: June 21,1941

Current occupation: Retired from working for the Department of Commerce as a trial assistant resolving workers’ compensation issues.

Campaign website/social media: Constantino for Town Commissioner – Focused on the future https://www.facebook.com/commissioner.constantino/

Family: Wanda Constantino (wife), Frank (son) & Angela, Michael T. (son) & Lori, Andrew (son) & Mary, David (son) & Shannon, Brian (son), & Valerie, Anthony (son) & Jessica, Julia (stepdaughter) & Ilya, Zach (stepson).

Party affiliation: Unaffiliated

Current and previous elected offices held or sought & terms of service: First elected President Triangle Italian American Heritage Association, first elected chairman of the Triangle Special Olympics, vice chairman of The North Carolina Arabian Horse Association, Member of the North Carolina Art Incubator Governing Board.

Campaign manager (if applicable):

Campaign treasurer: Julia Alimov

Why are you seeking this office?: I have held this office for eight years and would like the opportunity to complete some programs that I started.

What is your understanding of the responsibilities of the office you seek, and in one sentence, why do you believe you’re qualified to fill that role?: I built a career and reputation developing startup companies in North Carolina and Virginia over approximately 40 years.

One of the most important decisions that elected officials make is on the annual budget, which includes spending and tax rates. Do you have a budgeting philosophy? What’s more important to you — spending more to allocate resources to needed programs or cutting spending and keeping the tax rate low?: Whichever meets the needs of the program. They are not all the same. Some need seed money and some need careful management and planning.

Give us two goals that are specific, measurable and attainable you would have if elected: 1. Developing our town as a center for soccer development (facilities and tournaments). 2. Economic development – better paying jobs .

The Commissioners’ main responsibility is to place votes on issues crucial to the town. What would be your philosophy on choosing whether or not to vote for an item? Do you have an example of a similar decision in the past?: I would vote for an item that will enhance the economic development of the town with minimal expense impact to the budget. Example: Braxton Soccer Field. Paul Cuadros and I helped raise all the money for renovation of Braxton Field. No town money was needed. This was a win-win for Siler City.

What role do you believe a Town Commissioner plays in economic development?: Making smart choices as to the return on investment profile that we want to project to the outside world.

What do you think are Siler City’s three best features?: Central location with several good roads. Interesting amenities. Tiger rescue, State Zoo, Recreation facilities (lakes, athletic facilities, potential for solid job growth).

What are three areas where Siler City can improve?: Communications (state of the art ), reputation, solidarity of community spirit.

If you are not elected, what steps will you take to serve Siler City?: Haven’t thought about this yet.

Biographical Facts

Political/government hero: No answer

Favorite book: No answer

Book most recently read: No answer

Favorite film: Godfather

Hobbies: Woodworking, woodturning

Church/civic involvement: No answer

Personal motto or one-line philosophy: No answer

Strongest childhood ambition: To be a leader.

Most significant life goal you’ve accomplished: National recognition.

Goal you haven’t accomplished yet: No answer

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