District 24 Candidate: Ed Coleman, Libertarian 

1) What do you offer as a candidate?
I offer a voice for the people. I left the Republican Party because I felt I could best represent the people of this city if I did not have to fight with party leaders and lobbyists about how I would vote. My vote is for the people first. Never a party leader or lobbyist.

2) What does your district most need from the City Council?
Perry township has been neglected for too long. There are many streets that need repaved that are being ignored by the Rebuild Indy project since they are not high profile areas. The majority of neighborhoods don't have sidewalks. The north side is connected with sidewalks and trails. It is time Perry gets the same treatment.

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

I think the mayor has misplaced priorities. The budget has so many departments with overlapping services. If we were to do away with the overlaps and unnecessary services the city would save enough money to repave the run down streets every year. Not just when he floats a 30 year loan in the form of a bond one time.

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

I feel that the current smoking ban is far enough. With the exception of fraternal organizations and bars the city is non-smoking. Adults are free to make their own choice. If you don't want to be around smoke they should choose their freedom of choice to go somewhere else. Nobody forces people to go to any one bar.

5) Do you think the city needs more police officers?
I think the police department is very top heavy. I think that the officers in the offices need to be reallocated to the streets. Once that has been change then we can look at if more are needed. If it is determined that they are I would support it. Public Safety is number one.

6) Do you support increased funding for public transit?
I think that public transit is important. Unfortunately, in this city it is a broken system. The whole thing needs redone. Throwing more money at a flawed system would be a waste of tax dollars without a major change.

7) Do you think the streets and sidewalks in your district are in good shape?
I think that many streets are in good shape. I also think that they could be better. There are many streets still being neglected. Sidewalks in the district are few and far between. It's hard to say they are in good shape when there are so few of them.

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

Perry is lacking in sidewalks. Perry needs to have a good sidewalk system that links us to downtown like the north side.

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

I wish you would have asked about my work with small business owners. They need our help. If we could help more small business owners grow and succeed then it would create more jobs.

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