1) What do you offer as a candidate?
I bring my experience as a neighborhood president, as a board member of Southeast Neighborhood Development (SEND) and past president of Historic Urban Neighborhoods (HUNI), which has included working with multiple organizations in the city government to address resident needs
2) What does your district most need from the City Council?
In a recent leadership forum with the 11 neighborhoods in my district, the top issues were infrastructure (streets, sidewalks, alleys) and abandoned housing. We need more funding in the district to address these issues.
3) What's your opinion of the 2012 budget proposed by the mayor?
I am happy that it is a balanced budget. It is difficult to do that in a down economy and with property tax caps, but the mayor is doing all he can to use the tax payer money in the best way possible.
4) What is your position on a comprehensive smoking ban?
I am for a comprehensive smoking ban.
5) Do you think the city needs more police officers?
Public Safety is critical and we should do all we can to add to and retain the excellent police officers we have.
6) Do you support increased funding for public transit?
Public Transit is a very significant issue facing our city and we need to find appropriate ways to fund it.
7) Do you think the streets and sidewalks in your district are in good shape?
Nearly 40% of the streets and sidewalks in the area are considered poor using DPW's standards. I have helped lead teams to assess over 1600 blocks in my district to gather this data.
8) Name one project that would most benefit your district.
The GM Stamping Plant Reuse Project will be a hugely beneficial project in the district.
9) What question do you wish we'd asked?
Education is a hugely important issue. The council doesn't have much ability to impact it, but we should still be doing all we can to improve the state of our children's education system.