At Large Candidate: Pamela Hickman, Democrat 

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1) What do you offer as a candidate?

For the past three decades I have worked as a leader in the community to improve the lives of those in need and to improve the education standards for our children and improve the health care of Indianapolis citizens. I have been a member of the St. Monica School Board, been the President of the American Heart Association and I currently sit on the St. Francis board of directors and created a health care clinic on the south side with a sliding scale payment system. I also sit on the Forrest Manor Multicultural Center which assists families with basic and emergency needs, I also assisted the Salvation Army formulate their first strategic plan for its battered women and children program. I have done all of these things to give back to a community who has given me so much opportunity. As a small business owner I realize how a down economy affects each and every true job creator and the responsibility that goes along with employing our cities residents.

2) What does your district most need from the City Council?

As an At-Large candidate my job is to look at all of Marion County and what I see most is that Indianapolis needs jobs and an education system that invests in early childhood reading standards. Children learn to read before the third grad and after they read to learn, I want to help all of Indianapolis school children accomplish this goal.

3) What's your opinion of the 2012 budget proposed by the mayor?

The budget proposed by the current Mayor is unrealistic in its design and funding mechanisms.

4) What is your position on a comprehensive smoking ban?

I am in full support of a comprehensive smoking ban. We are the largest US city to be with out one and it is hurting our national image. Additionally, as a health advocate it would be against my moral code to not push for it.

5) Do you think the city needs more police officers?

I believe that the city needs to improve its safety metrics and reduce violent crime. If that means moving more cops out from behind desks and into the streets that is what should happen. I do believe that the military academy should begin recruitment again, if only to replace the number of police officers who will leave the force due to retirement etc.

6) Do you support increased funding for public transit?

Yes, I support funding for public transit

7) Do you think the streets and sidewalks in your district are in good shape?

No, I do not believe that the streets and sidewalks are in good shape. I think that we need to improve our neighborhoods and one of the ways is to improve our neighborhoods sidewalks.

8) Name one project that would most benefit your district.

The smoking ban

9) What question do you wish we'd asked?

Why the current Mayor allows for a larger share of parking revenues to leave the city of Indianapolis than it gets to keep.

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