Randle L. Alford
Age | 55
Address | 1105 16th Ave., Conway
Occupation | Owner of RL Alford Inc. Investment Firm, RL Alford Insurance Agency (Home and Auto), Author of three books: two nonfiction and one novel.
Family | Married to Dr. Siena Alford, an owner of Rivertown Medicine; three sons: Ryan, Matthew and Bradley.
Civic and political experience | Rotary Board three years, Rotary President, Rotarian of Year, Paul Harris Fellow, International Service Award, R L Alford Scholarship foundation, Church Deacon, Leadership Conway, Chamber of Commerce, Recreation Department Board, and City Council in Conway 2005-2009
Education | University of South Carolina (undergraduate), American College, Graduate school in Finance (graduate), Wharton School: Certified Financial Planner.
Military experience | None
Contact information | firstname.lastname@example.org
Question 1 | Areas around Conway have seen significant growth since you last ran for office. What are some of the issues (infrastructure, budgetary or otherwise) involving that growth that Conway needs to be aware of with future growth?
Answer to Question 1 | The rate of growth can be so rapid that it exceeds police protection, fire protection, public works capacity and water and sewer is strained to the limits. The best route is to be conservative in the expansion of these services so that for a fire station is not built without a real demand .It is important to only build up these services when the demand is there. If we projected that the city would have 5% or more growth for 10 years and built services on that basis that would be poor planning. In fact, the City had a study done by the Strom Thurmond Institute before the 2008 housing crisis which predicted that the city would be much larger than it is today. This type of study has to be taken into consideration but in reality common sense has to prevail in such a case. Public services should not be put there to create demand but should come along as a result of the demand already existing.
Question 2 | If you were given the ability to provide more funding for one area/line item of the budget in the next four years, where would you provide more funding and why?
Answer to Question 2 | The area of additional funding needs to come under the General Fund and it is in the area of infrastructure. The multiplier effect which is created by infrastructure spending will give a positive jolt to the local economy and the infrastructure must be improved eventually, so I believe that it is better done sooner rather than later. A city can quantify the number of miles of roads and sidewalks that must be improved or replaced and set a time table for the effective work to be done. I see 5% more of the General Fund being spent on Infrastructure as giving a multi-million dollar boosts to the economy.