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Meet Greensboro's Mayoral Candidates: George Hartzman

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Six days until the primaries, three candidates for mayor and one place to hear from all of them on why they deserve your vote. WFMY News 2 wants to make sure you are informed on where the candidates stand.

The Good Morning Show is sitting down with each candidate for three minutes this week. Each will get a chance to answer a set of prepared questions live on the show.

Tuesday, the Good Morning Show's Eric Chilton talked one-on-one with Greensboro Councilwoman Nancy Vaughan. Read her responses here.

Wednesday, candidate George Hartzman talked with WFMY News's Lauren Melvin about his plan for the city.

Here are the candidate's responses:

What is the first thing that you feel needs fixing?

"I teach financial ethics, and I'm not accepting contributions, so there's not going to be any signs in yards. I'm relying on word of mouth and letters to the editor. I would pass ethics reform that would prevent people from basically paying off the politicians in exchange for votes to give those people everyone else's money."

Every mayor has an agenda, so what are your plans for the first six months of office?

"The ethics reform, increased transparency in government business. I'd like to save the ball park out on Yanceyville Rd., the War Memorial Stadium. I'd like to get started on a school that prioritizes single moms who have not graduated high school and their children to break the cycle of poverty in East Greensboro."

What are the top two issues you see facing Greensboro right now, and how would you meet them head-on?

"We're spending money on discretionary items, and we've got 343 miles of pavement that are rated in very poor condition, so if you could take our roads and you compare them to Raleigh and Charlotte, we need to reprioritize what government's supposed to do, which is take care of the public infrastructure we have instead of spending money on stuff we don't need."

As mayor, how do you plan to work with other Triad cities to make Greensboro better?

"You gotta work with them. I wrote this thing, this was from 2011. I teach CPA ethics, and it says do the right thing when no one's looking, leave others better off for having known you and the world a better place than you found it, and that's the idea."

Both George Hartzman and Councilwoman Nancy Vaughan agreed to come back for a series of discussions if there is a run-off election.

Thursday, the Good Morning Show will talk one-on-one with current Greensboro Mayor Robbie Perkins.

WFMY News 2

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