At Large Candidate: Pamela Hickman, Democrat


1) What do you offer as a candidate?


the past three decades I have worked as a leader in the community to improve

the lives of those in need and to improve the education standards for our

children and improve the health care of Indianapolis citizens. I have been a

member of the St. Monica School Board, been the President of the American Heart

Association and I currently sit on the St. Francis board of directors and

created a health care clinic on the south side with a sliding scale payment

system. I also sit on the Forrest Manor Multicultural Center which assists

families with basic and emergency needs, I also assisted the Salvation Army

formulate their first strategic plan for its battered women and children

program. I have done all of these things to give back to a community who has

given me so much opportunity. As a small business owner I realize how a down

economy affects each and every true job creator and the responsibility that

goes along with employing our cities residents.

2) What does your district most need from

the City Council?


an At-Large candidate my job is to look at all of Marion County and what I see

most is that Indianapolis needs jobs and an

education system that invests in early childhood reading standards. Children

learn to read before the third grad and after they read to learn, I want to

help all of Indianapolis school children accomplish this goal.

3) What's your opinion of the 2012 budget

proposed by the mayor?


budget proposed by the current Mayor is unrealistic in its design and funding


4) What is your position on a

comprehensive smoking ban?


am in full support of a comprehensive smoking ban. We are the largest US city

to be with out one and it is hurting our national image. Additionally, as a health advocate it would be against my moral code to not

push for it.

5) Do you think the city needs more

police officers?


believe that the city needs to improve its safety metrics and reduce violent

crime. If that means moving more cops out from behind desks and into the

streets that is what should happen. I do believe that the military academy

should begin recruitment again, if only to replace the number of police

officers who will leave the force due to retirement etc.

6) Do you support increased funding for

public transit?


I support funding for public transit


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


I do not believe that the streets and sidewalks are in good shape. I think that

we need to improve our neighborhoods and one of the ways is to improve our

neighborhoods sidewalks.

8) Name one project that would most

benefit your district.


smoking ban

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


the current Mayor allows for a larger share of parking revenues to leave the

city of Indianapolis than it gets to keep.


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