District 5 Libertarian Candidate
1) What do you offer as a candidate?
As a Libertarian, I offer the
citizens of the 5th district the opportunity to cast a vote for less government
intrusion in their lives, neighborhoods and businesses.
2) What does your district most need from the City Council?
government regulations that discourage small business growth.
3) What's your opinion of the 2012
budget proposed by the mayor?
I was disappointed to see defunding
of the animal shelter and increases in legal and licensing fees. But taken as a
whole, I think it's a responsible budget.
4) What is your position on a
comprehensive smoking ban?
I am absolutely against such
draconian bans and would work to defeat it. Let the marketplace decide instead
of government dictating to property owners and the public. It violates
basic property rights, and further empowers the nanny state.
5) Do you think the city needs more
No, for a city of our size we are
right in line with the national average. That means we need to address
efficiency rather than just throwing more cops out
there. Decriminalizing non-violent crimes is crucial to freeing up police
to truly protect the city.
6) Do you support increased funding for
Yes, if it is private funding
encouraged by tax credits based on performance. No, if you mean public money.
There are at least two private enterprises ready to start transit systems
right now: the Indiana Transportation Museum wants to restore the 10th Street
Nickel Plate bridge downtown and run service from Noblesville or Fishers
to downtown. And a consortium wants to start a trolley service downtown to link
the major hotels and tourist sites. If government gets out of the way, the
private sector can make a success out of these ventures.
7) Do you think the streets and
sidewalks in your district are in good shape?
We have a good mix of medium density
neighborhoods and secluded rural homes. The city is completing a roundabout at
96th and Fall Creek Road. But we can always use more sidewalks, like
connecting walks to the trails and businesses along Fall Creek. 96th
between Lantern and Mollenkopf could use
widening in a couple of tight spots, if not all the way. Traffic levels have
dramatically increased over the last 15 years.
8) Name one project that would most
benefit your district.
Metro Airport to better serve northeast Indianapolis and the surrounding
9) What question do you wish we'd asked?
"How will you get government
off the backs of Indianapolis' citizens?"