At Large Candidate: Jacqueline Cissell, Republican

Jacqueline Cissell

1) What do you offer as a candidate?

I

believe I bring constituent services as a candidate. I have spent the

last several years working in Family and Social Services connecting needy

Hoosiers statewide with services to make their lives easier.

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

I

am a city-wide candidate so my interests are

education, senior services and transportation for needy citizens.

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

mayor?

Like

most major cities across the country, we are navigating difficult economic

times. We have big events coming into Indy that will create some economic

benefit to the city. We have to provide services to visitors and citizens to

keep everyone safe. While we may have to reduce funding, on the short

term, for non-public safety services, the Mayor and the Council found

money to repair parks for kids. I'm sure we will look for ways to restore

funding as revenues increase.

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

I

do not support expanding the ban on smoking. I am not a smoker and have

seen the negative health effects of smoking on people, However, I do believe

in citizens being able to operate their business with as little government

intrusion as possible.

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

I

believe it is always good to have more police officers taking care of the city.

6) Do you support increased funding for public transit?

I

do support public transportation. We have to make sure we operate the

system as efficiently as possible while providing transportation to those most

in need.

7) Do you think the streets and sidewalks in your district

are in good shape?

It

is unmistakable that the infrastructure in Indianapolis is better than it has

been in years.

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

I

would love to see Indianapolis figure out a way to expand transportation for

folks working in the northern part of the city. I

have personally seen and picked up people walking down Binford

late at night for lack of transportation after the businesses close and they

are getting off work. I would love to work on the solution for this

challenge.

9) What

question do you wish we'd asked?

I think these

are great questions. I am passionate about education reform and I work in the

Department of Education on turnaround schools. I am happy we are doing

the work of making Indianapolis a world-class model of education reform for Hoosier families, especially poor and minority

families.

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