Name: Dale Collier Jr.
Office sought: Cary Trustee
Occupation: owner/Vice President at Tri State Hydraulics Inc.
Social Media: We Unite Cary Facebook
1.What is your largest priority for Cary if elected?
I want to improve the village's outreach with existing businesses in addition to fostering new economic development that will be sustainable for Cary and most importantly its residents. In conjunction with that, I think it is critical we actively seek out ways to facilitate seniors aging in place. I also believe that it is extraordinarily important to utilize the comprehensive plan as a focal point for moving projects forward in Cary
2. What changes should Cary make in the future?
Our community would benefit greatly from offering more for residents to stay local. I hope to change the scenery in the future by working diligently to promote Cary and entice more development that offers entertainment and dining.
3. How do you feel about Cary’s video gambling and any potential expansion into places such as gas stations?
I believe addressing each new proposal on an individual basis is key. I do not think there is a one-size-fits-all solution and we need to use a common sense approach to overseeing these games.
4. How do you feel about Cary's recent and upcoming senior housing projects?
I love seeing the new senior house projects. Seniors I have spoken with are looking to stay in Cary and want more options to do so.
5. How do you feel about the way that Cary handled its harassment investigation of a village trustee?
Simply put: If Cary's board would have had a Code of Conduct in place for trustees it would have been a cut a dry process. Instead I don’t endorse or support the conduct that occurred after, and I think it showed that we have a need for trustees who are willing to hear and consider an opinion they don’t necessarily agree with.
6. How do you feel about Cary's new social media policy?
I think it was a slow, but necessary step our village had to take to help convey meaning information. I think it is just one tool in the tool box but I am very pleased to see that we are offering a new approach to getting village news to our residents.
7. What else should voters know about you?
I’ve been very happily married for 20-plus years with three children ages 20, 17 and 6. I moved into Cary in 2002 and have been very lucky to be able to be very active ever since. I spent much of my childhood here on my grandparents farm off of Newbold and I have been proud for my children to call it home as well. I am a small business owner of Tri State Hydraulics and getting things done has been what my life has been about. For years, I have been lucky enough to spend my time in town going to Cary-Grove football and baseball games, Tracks and Galatis, Cary cruise nights, Main Street Fest and all of the parades Cary has had to offer over the years.