District 9 Candidate: Jeramy Townsley, Independent- Progressive

Independent candidate Jeramy Townsely

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?

[No Response]

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

public transit?

Indianapolis consistently

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.