1.What do you offer as a candidate?
As a professor in
sociology, I have a background in research and writing about what makes strong
societies, how societies function, and what causes societies to break
down. For too long politicians have been making public policy decisions
on ideologies and intuitions. Scientists are used to making decisions
based on verifiable evidence and data, regardless of our personal
opinions. What I bring to city-council are the skills of research,
knowledge of the pieces that bring cities together, and a willingness to act
based on the data. As an independent candidate, I can be equally
supportive or critical of both parties, dependent on the validity of their
policies, not simply party obligation.
2.What does your district most need from
the City Council?
Our district faces numerous
problems many of which are a result of national recessionary trends.
However, as the country recuperates, cities can help meet the needs of
its residents by facilitating neighborhood stabilization and community
development. In the short term, ensuring food security, aiding residents
from losing their homes, and public safety, should be the top priorities of
local government. In the long-term, strengthening early childhood
education, strengthening civil liberties, such as voting access, and generating
a plan for small-business development of Indianapolis residents.
3. What's your opinion
of the 2010 budget proposed by the mayor?
4. What is your
position on a comprehensive smoking ban?
All credible data indicates
that second hand smoking kills, and kills at high rates. Employees and
consumers need to be protected from recreational activities of addicts.
The absurdity of the pro-smoking position is that workers can choose not to
work at establishments that allow smoking, but with unemployment at 10%, that
argument is not reasonable. A single mother trying to feed her family, or
the student, will take the job she is offered, even if it puts her at risk for
lung cancer by working in a smoky restaurant.
5. Do you think the city needs more police
Data indicates that the
city is far short of a police force required for a city of our size, so more
police should be hired. Unfortunately public safety has to be paid for,
which means higher taxes. Republicans recently have made a big deal about
Kennedy supporting a 140% tax increase to pay for public safety, when in
actuality, the increase was from 0.7% to 1.0%. Unless citizens are
willing to form local community brigades and volunteer 10 hours a week
patrolling, police are the next best option.
6.Do you support increased funding for
ranks at the bottom of public transportation availability. Business canÃ*t
grow when consumers and workers can't get to their building. College
students can't get an education if they can't get to school. Poor families
without a car cannot get food, laundry, etc, when there is no public
transportation. There will be no large-scale external business investment
into Indianapolis without our own investment in public transportation.
7. Do you think streets and sidewalks in
your districts are in good shape?
Children in Indiana are
facing an obesity crisis. When children and adults have no safe places to
run or bike, we have little opportunity to maintain healthy weight, and
maintain heart-lung health. We need more walkable spaces, more bikeable
8. Name one project that would
most benefit your district?
Investing in land-banks and
community development corporations to rehab houses, rather than simply demolish
them all ot create empty lots, or allow livable houses to decay and become a
center for criminal activity and rodents.