DTH: What would you say are your greatest strengths?
BF: I’m very organized and I’m very meticulous. I’m an analytical thinker and a lot of that comes from my job. I’ve worked in clinical laboratories, research laboratories my entire career. I’m currently employed as a senior technologist at Lab Corps. I guess you could call me a lab rat, because that’s what I’ve been doing my entire career. I’m also very connected in the community, because of all the different organizations that I work with. I think probably the biggest strength that I have is being connected.
DTH: What are your main goals for Carrboro?
BF: So realize I am one of six votes, but my goals remain the same from when I was campaigning. I campaigned on a platform of affordable housing, economic growth and development and promoting and advocating for justice. A lot of the conversation that I heard during the course of my campaign revolved around the community not being affordable for some folks. Not having enough affordable housing impacts our community, it impacts who we see, it impacts who we don’t see and ultimately it would impact the diversity in the community as folks leave because they can’t afford it. It’s important to me to keep those issues on the forefront and continue to talk about them and continue to be an advocate for the entire community as it relates to those issues.
DTH: What do you think it’ll be like being the only new member on the Board of Aldermen?
BF: You know, I know everybody, and I’ve known everybody on the board for some years. I have had interactions with them and worked with them on some things, like I said I served on one of the town boards. I think, for me, it’ll be a steep learning curve because for everything I do know, there’s probably just as many things that I don’t know.
DTH: What is your biggest worry going forward?
BF: I don’t think I’m really worried per se — I do have concern, I mean affordable housing is a big concern of mine. I’m concerned about being able to find the money and the means to get the type of project that I’d like to see here in Carrboro. As things start to happen at the federal and state level and money dries up or we don’t get as much money as we usually would through grants or other avenues, folks will start to look for local government and we only have so much money to go around for different things. We have the essential services like police, fire, trash — certain things just have to go on on a daily basis in order for the community to be sustainable.