District 5 Candidate: Chris Hodapp, Libertarian

District 5 Libertarian Candidate Chris Hodapp.

Chris Hodapp

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

police officers?

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

public transit?

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?"

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