Equality and Respect for All

John Burns: Wake County Commissioner

John Burns: Wake County Commissioner

John firmly believes that government should operate fairly, and should aim to improve lives and opportunities for all. Achieving that goal requires setting standards for the County itself, ensuring that County Employees and those who receive county services are fairly treated, regardless of race, sex, creed, sexual orientation, or gender identity. With his colleagues, John has begun a review of County operations and policies to make sure that the County meets that goal. That review will result in policy changes all Wake County residents can be proud of.

John ran for County Commissioner in large part because he felt the Commission had become too antagonistic with those it represented and with its regional partners. John’s pledge is to treat all those who come before the County Commission with respect and dignity, to hear their concerns and consider their issues. His goal is to have people who disagree with his votes or decisions feel that they were listened to and had an opportunity to contribute to the debate. That pledge carries through to the Commission’s dealings with the School Board, municipal governments, other regional partners and the state and federal governments. Collaboration and cooperation result in better policy, a better informed electorate, and a better government.

Wake County should be a model of a citizen-focused, respectful, and progressive county government – a County that is moving forward, while making sure it leaves none behind.