1) What do you offer as a candidate?
I am a life-long Indianapolis resident and am very excited to have had the opportunity to give back to my community by serving on the City-County Council. My experiences as a small business owner, active volunteer in the community and schools, I think that I offer the ability to be a good citizen watchdog over our city-county government.
2) What does your district most need from the City Council?
Lawrence Township like most areas of the city needs a lot of infrastructure upgrades and improvements. Abandoned houses which are not repairable need to come down and crumbling streets and sidewalks must continue to be repaired. I plan to continue to direct as much assistance to District #12 neighborhoods as possible.
3) What's your opinion of the 2012 budget proposed by the mayor?
I am very pleased to have the fourth honestly balanced budget in a row to consider during this Fall's budget hearings. I support the across the board reductions in government funding to make our city work more efficiently and cost effectively.
4) What is your position on a comprehensive smoking ban?
Indianapolis has a very good smoking ban in place at this time which covers 95% of all businesses and public facilities. I would not support forcing private clubs such as Veterans groups, V.F.W. lodges, etc. to become non-smoking.
5) Do you think the city needs more police officers?
There is always a need to add feet on the ground with regard to our police forces, and support the addition of a recruit class as soon as possible.
6) Do you support increased funding for public transit?
Indianapolis must find a way to upgrade it's public transit system. Shared efficiencies such as the incorporation of using Public School buses to increase routes and access is one option being considered. A public referendum would most likely be necessary to obtain a major increase in funding for a long-term solution.
7) Do you think the streets and sidewalks in your district are in good shape?
Street and sidewalk conditions vary greatly from area to area in District #12. They are in good shape in some neighborhoods and not so good in others. I am working to see that as much funding as possible is directed into Lawrence Township to improve our infrastructure.
8) Name one project that would most benefit your district.
A major upgrade of the area along Post Road from 38th Street - connecting up to the Fort Harrison area at 56th Street would most definitely benefit the residents of Lawrence Township. This area can become a gateway from the I-70 interstate area up to the Fort, bringing new business and growing neighborhoods to our area.
9) What question do you wish we'd asked?
Maybe just what committees and assignments I have on the Council.
I serve as Majority Leader and Chair the Rules and Public Policy Committee and serve on the Committee on Committee, Economic Development Committee and Criminal Justice Committee. Thanks to the staff and readers of Nuvo for asking me about the 2011 campaign!