At Large Candidate: Angel Rivera, Republican

Angel Rivera

What do you offer as a candidate?

My service on the City-County Council has

allowed me to solve problems for hundreds of constituents and bring a young,

modern perspective to our city's challenges.Our work towards a modern city where families and businesses

can thrive together is not done.

Over the last 12 months, we have begun an

unprecedented infrastructure improvement program that is allowing us to finally

make the investments that our neighborhoods have needed for so long.We are achieving this while Marion

County residents are paying, on average, a third less in property taxes and

little less in County Option Income Taxes.

We are proud of the new Convention Center, the

upcoming Super Bowl, our spectacular airport and the great story of our Charter

Schools.Indianapolis is on a path

of positive progress that is the envy of many cities our size. We must continue

in this right direction through sound management, balanced budgets and a focus

on economic opportunities for all.Indy is a shining example of what good government, strong neighborhoods

and hard working individuals can achieve together.

It has been a privilege to serve you.

What does your district most need from the City Council?

Since I represent everyone in Marion County as

an At-Large Councillor, my focus is on County-wide issues, such as good roads and sidewalks,

quality and free educational choices, and strong public safety force.

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

I believe it clearly contrasts philosophies on

governing between this administration and the previous one. Even though

revenues are down, there are no tax increases or loans to pay off inefficiently

run agencies. Through an open process, the city will again have an honestly

balanced budget.

What is your position on a comprehensive smoking ban?

I support the current ordinance. Public health

programs should continue their work at discouraging smoking. The current

ordinance protects children from exposure to smoke and makes every business

smoke free except those that specifically cater to a smoking audience. This is

good policy that should not be changed.

Do you think the city needs more police officers?

Yes, and that is why a recruit class is included

in the 2012 budget.

Do you support increased funding for public transit?

Of course. Public transportation is critical to job growth in Indianapolis.

Do you

think the streets and sidewalks in your district are in good shape?

ReBuild Indy is tackling this important issue head on by fixing street

and sidewalks across the entire county.

Name one project that would most benefit your district.

Education is very important to me. One project

aimed at reducing the achievement gap is the expansion of the Charles A. Tindley Accelerated School. This is exactly the kind of

program that can bring socio-economic equality to the next generations.

What question do you wish we'd asked?

What are Indianapolis' greatest strengths and



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