Christine Scales

District 4 Republican candidate

1. What do you offer as a candidate?

My Council record

of achievements reflect positive changes made in the quality of life in

District 4 neighborhoods. The blighted Keystone Towers have been demolished. I

helped shepherd through the city, a developer's goals for revitalization of the

Phoenix-Meadows into the new holistically designed East Avondale Meadows

community on East 38th Street. Construction for a long desired pedestrian/bike

path on 62nd Street between Keystone and Allisonville

begins soon. Other long awaited sidewalks and street resurfacing projects

have been completed or are still on the calendar. Personal meetings with

residents at their homes, my relentless pursuit of city officials to find

solutions to problems have offered constituents an unprecedented level of

service from their Councillor.

I am one of the few City-County Councillors who devotes full-time hours and attention to

what is considered a part-time job. As an empty nester and employed in no

other capacity, I have the time to make myself available to constituents at

their convenience-not mine. Not having another job also allows me the

independence to vote in the best interests of citizens, not clients or other

powers which might apply pressure for a particular vote outcome. All this and

more makes me a proven servant-leader, not a self-serving leader.

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

What District 4 most needs from the

City County Council is a continuation of what they have been receiving from me

these past few years. They deserve and should expect,

hands-on attention and involvement in their neighborhoods and the immediate

addressing of concerns and problems-which I consistently give. They need

to know their councillor will have the courage to

stand up for them and their interests, even when it might put them at odds with

their own party or invoke retribution from other power interests. The

recognition by three major community groups for outstanding service, and my

reputation among all political parties as an independent thinker when it comes

to voting on Council proposals, makes me the kind of elected official voters

need.

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

mayor?

At the time this question is being

answered, the 2012 budget has been proposed but not finalized. Hearings

regarding each city agency's budget are still underway. Given what is known at

this time, I believe some shifting of budgeting priorities must occur. Until the

final vote on the budget takes place, I and a majority of north side residents

and firefighters will continue to fight to keep ladder truck 21 from being

removed from the 71st and Keystone fire station. The ladder truck is a vital

apparatus and its impending removal puts the lives and properties of all of us

living on the north side at greatly increased risk. The public's safety must be

a higher priority than various other educational travel costs or consultant

fees.

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

With 95-98% of all public facilities

already served by no-smoking policies, I believe that further time, money and

effort in achieving a 100% ban, could be better spent

on other issues of importance.

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

Yes-and I will continue working

towards those ends.

6. Do you support increased funding for public transit?

Yes

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

are in good shape?

In the past three and a half years,

District 4 has enjoyed more resurfaced thoroughfares, residential

streets, new and repaired sidewalks than in the past 20 years. There is

more work to be done, and I will continue being the 'squeaky wheel that gets

the grease" so that District 4 residents continue to receive their goodly

share of the limited pot of infrastructure dollars.

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

I would like to see a complete

overhaul of drainage systems for various District 4 neighborhoods.

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

How would you compare and contrast

your qualifications to be Councillor vs. those of

your opponent?

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