Under the Dome

Kenn Gardner

Office District Status
Wake County Commissioner Incumbent
Party In Office Since Term Ends
Republican 2000
Level of Government  
Date of Birth Birthplace Now Lives In
June 16, 1958 , Raleigh, NC


National Urban Elected Official of 2008, by the National Association of Counties; Wake County Commissioner, 2000 – present; Commissioner, Wake County Board of Commissioners, 2000 - present; Chair Wake County Board of Commissioners, 2003-04; Wake County Economic Development, 2004 - present; Member, Environment, Energy, and Land Use 2003 - present; National Steering Committee, National Association of Counties; Member, Criminal Justice Committee, N.C. Association of County Commissioners; Chair, Wake County Stormwater Task Force, 2006 – 08; Chair, Wake County Watershed Task Force, 2001 - 03; Secretary, Upper Neuse River Basin Association, 2001 - present; Member, Wake County Board of Adjustment, 1999 – 2000; Member, Wake County Water & Sewer Task Force, 1997-98; Cary Planning and Zoning Board, 1989 – 92.


Sierra Club of N.C., Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County; Raleigh Regional Association of Realtors; N.C. Education Forum; Voice For Equity


Marital Status
Betty Gardner
three daughters, Rebecca, Amelia, Hannah
Founding Chair, W.I.S.E. Foster Care Scholarship, 2005 – present; Director, N.C. American Institute of Architects (NCAIA), 1988-90; Chair, NCAIA Affordable Housing Commission, 1988 - 89; President, Durham/Chapel Hill Section, NCAIA, 1989; Member, Wake Forest Urban Design Assistance Team, 1986-87; NCAIA Leadership Program, 1996; Fellow, NC Institute Of Political Leadership, 1999; Member, Rotary, Cary-Kildaire, 1999 (2004 Paul Harris Fellow); Cary Chamber Leadership, 1992; Longbow Council, YMCA Indian Program, 1995 - 2001; Member, Athens High School PTA; host family, Chernobyl Children; volunteer, Habitat For Humanity, 1982 - 2004


Isosceles Design

Community Involvement:
Baptist, ordained deacon, Forest Hills Baptist Church; director, N.C. American Institute of Architects (NCAIA), 1988-90; chairman, NCAIA Affordable Housing Commission, 1988-89; president, Durham/Chapel Hill Section, NCAIA, 1989; member, Wake Forest Urban Design Assistance Team, 1986-87; fellow, N.C. Institute Of Political Leadership, 1999; Cary-Kildaire Rotary; Cary Chamber Leadership, 1992; Longbow Council, YMCA Indian Program, 1995-2001; director, Raleigh Swimming Association, 1997-01; director, Triangle Swim Team, Cary, 1997-00; PTA member, Dillard Middle School and Athens High School; host family, Chernobyl Children; member of Chamber of Commerce in Cary, Garner,
Fuquay-Varina and Knightdale; volunteer, Habitat For Humanity, 1982-present

Contact Info




Master’s in architecture
Georgia Institute of Technology
Graduated: 1983
master of arts
Central Michigan University
Graduated: 1981
bachelor of science
Georgia Tech
Graduated: 1980


Not specified.


Name one way you would change government.

I want a government that works to avoid problems rather than waiting to fix them. Problems are expensive to solve. Proactive measures are inexpensive. Under my leadership the past eight years, Wake County has become that type of proactive government — and the envy of the nation. From creating new jobs, expanding Wake Tech, or personally creating a foster care scholarship program, I have sought solutions and partnerships that enhance the quality of life and save taxpayers’ money. As a result of my leadership as your county commissioner, I was named the national Urban Elected Official of 2008.

What is the most pressing problem affecting the function of district court?


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